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Cheesy Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

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What is it about bacon & avocado that I absolutely love?? And these quesadillas… with their buttery, crispy, heavenly tortilla shells… are seriously yum. Don’t let the green scare ya, avocados have a really delicious taste. I promise they’re not just thrown in to “healthify” this recipe! ;) Quesadillas are one of our favorite quick and easy weeknight meals. Come on, let’s make these, you’ll love ’em!

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Let’s start with the bacon. Here’s how I do it. Arrange bacon on a cooling rack (like for cookies) and set it on top of sheet pan. If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can just put the bacon straight on the sheet pan. Or in a 9×13 baking dish. Either way will work. Place bacon in a cold oven,  turn heat to 400, and cook 15 mins per side. Crispy strips of bacon, the easy way!

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Now take about a tbsp of the bacon drippings and add to a skillet over medium heat. Add diced scallions & saute about 2-3 mins until softened.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Add bite-sized pieces of chicken in a single layer, season with salt & pepper, and cook for about 5 mins or until chicken is golden and cooked through, flipping just once during cooking.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Remove the chicken & scallions to a plate and rinse out the skillet.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Then add a little butter over medium heat…

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

And when foamy, add a tortilla and swirl it around to get it nice and buttery.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Now we can start layering with the good stuff. Chicken.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Bacon.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Avocado.

Do you know how to pick out a good avocado? We’ve all been there… trying to scoop out a rock hard avocado! First check the bottom and make sure it has a green stem. Then give it a little squeeze. It should have a little give to it. Not too squishy, but not rock hard. Touch the tip of your nose. About like that. You’ll get a good one every time. If all they have at the store are rock hard, let it sit on the counter overnight. If you have a paper bag you can put it in with an apple, even better.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

A little cheese..

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Now use some tongs to flip the other side of the tortilla over.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

And pat down in place.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Oh my stars. When it’s golden, brown and delicious like this, flip it over to brown the other side. It’ll just take a minute or two on each side.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Super easy. Super quick. Super delicious.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas

Yield: 4 quesadillas.

Ingredients:

  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup scallions, diced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 medium-sized flour tortilla shells
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoon butter

Directions:

  1. Arrange bacon on a cooling rack (like for cookies) and set it on top of sheet pan. If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can just put the bacon straight on the sheet pan. Or in a 9×13 baking dish. Either way will work. Place bacon in a cold oven, turn heat to 400, and cook about 15 mins per side, until crispy.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoon bacon grease (or olive oil) to a skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and saute about 2-3 mins until softened. Add the chicken in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 mins or until chicken is golden and cooked through, flipping just once during cooking. Remove the chicken and scallions to a plate and wipe out the skillet.
  3. Add about 1/2 tablespoon butter to the skillet over medium heat. When foamy, add a tortilla and swirl it around to get it nice and buttery. Layer one side of the tortilla with chicken, bacon, avocado, and a little cheese. Use tongs to flip the other half of the tortilla over and press down. Cook the tortilla for about 1-2 mins on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas, adding a little more butter for each tortilla as needed. Eat & enjoy!
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