Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BBQ Chicken and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

When it comes to leftovers I'm a picky lady.  Some things (soups, grain salads, chickpea shawarma, pasta salads, desserts) taste great leftover.  Other things taste awful (reheated pizza anyone????).  When I cook something to perfection once, chances are that reheating them will turn them into overcooked soggy nasty-ness.  Sorry to all of you leftover lovers out there!

I haven't perfected my meal planning well enough yet to eliminate unwanted leftovers, so I've had to become a little creative.  Repurposed leftovers folks, that's what I'm talkin' bout.  Leftover noodles?  Throw them on as a pizza topping (Ian's style).  Leftover salmon?  (tragedy, I know) Throw it on top of a fresh green salad!  Leftover grilled chicken and sweet potatoes?  Turn them into a quesadilla!  Seriously.  Do it.

We grilled some happy chicken and sweet potatoes one night last week, and only ended up eating 1 of the chicken breasts between the two of us.  (Blame it on the late afternoon fro-yo - oops!)  The next night, the cold grilled chicken was staring at me from the fridge saying, "eat me!!!" but I just couldn't bring myself to eat reheated chicken breast plain.  Blechhhhh.  So I decided to shred it, add some Sweet Baby Ray's, and turn it into a brand spankin' new meal.  Brilliant.  

BBQ Chicken and Sweet Potato Quesadillas
makes 2 large dillas

  • 1 cooked chicken breast (mine had been grilled the night before)
  • 1/2 c bbq sauce
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 c diced cooked sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • ranch dressing or blue cheese for dipping
-Heat a skillet over medium heat, spray with cooking spray
-Shred the chicken breast with forks
-Stir in the bbq sauce
-Layer half of the chicken, cheese, and sweet potatoes on one tortilla
-Add the other tortilla to the top
-Cook 4-5 minutes per side until golden brown
-Drizzle with extra bbq sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing
-Cut into wedges and serve

Leftovers?  What leftovers?  Coulda fooled me!!!  The little blackened grilled bits from the chicken and sweet potatoes added some of that sweet summer flavor we all love so much.  

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Do you like leftovers?

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At May 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Binomial Baker said...

That looks so yummy! Great idea!

At May 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM , Blogger What's Annie Making? said...

Thanks! It only took a few minutes longer than reheating the leftovers would have too!!


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