Tonight, we're having cheesy chicken quesadillas! If that doesn't scream "hang in there, it's almost Friday" comfort food, I'm not sure what does!
A lot of this can be made ahead, during a day off, or over the weekend, so this the time it takes to make this quick meal can be whittled down to next to nothing.
For baking the chicken:
2 bone-in* chicken breasts
1 tsp of each: Kosher salt, Cumin, Paprika, Chili powder
Olive oil for drizzling
For the sauce:
1/4 C Vegetable oil 1/4 tsp Cumin
2 TBS Self rising flour 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 C Chili powder Salt to taste
1 (8 oz) Can of tomato sauce ~ 1/4 C Cheese of choice
8 oz Water
1/2 Can of black beans
Once you're happy with the seasonings (taste it, see if you need to add salt, or more chili powder. If you taste it, and it tastes flat, add more salt. Whenever you taste anything, and it tastes like it needs something, it usually needs more salt), add in the cheese of your choice. Today, I went with a Cheddar blend, but some Pepper Jack here would be wonderful, too. As temping as it is to just dump all of the cheese in at once, hold yourself back. Add the cheese a little at a time, as pictured here. If you dump it all in, in one go, the cheese won't melt into the sauce; it will sit in a melted lump in the middle of the sauce, and there's no coming back from that. Learn from my mistakes! Add the cheese in, a sprinkle at a time, and stir it in until it is all melted, then add some more.
Once the cheese is all incorporated, and you're happy with the taste and texture of the sauce, stir in the beans, then add the chicken in. No, you're not crazy, I had to switch out pans....no one in my family can estimate the correct-size-of-pan-to-amount-of-food ratio, so we're constantly having to get bigger pans/bowls. Its a few more dishes to wash, but I'm used to it!
Once everything is toasty and crunchy, pull it off to a cutting board, and let it rest for a minute or two. This will let the sauce and cheese set up just a bit, so it doesn't drain out the second you cut into it.
I hope y'all have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday!