Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

Shredded chicken is tossed with a creamy blue cheese-hot sauce dressing before being tucked into a whole-wheat tortilla in this healthy quesadilla recipe. Served with a quick carrot-and-celery slaw, this easy recipe is great for lunch or dinner but can also be cut into smaller wedges and served as an appetizer.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar plus 2 teaspoons, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 (8 inch) whole-wheat tortillas
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

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  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and place on the prepared baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 165°F, 14 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a clean cutting board and shred with 2 forks.
  3. Meanwhile, combine blue cheese, yogurt, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons vinegar, hot sauce and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add the shredded chicken and stir to coat. Divide the chicken mixture among tortillas, arranging it on the lower half of each, and fold closed.
  4. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add 2 quesadillas. Cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 3 to 6 minutes total. Repeat with 2 teaspoons oil and the remaining quesadillas.
  5. Combine celery, carrot and scallions with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 2 teaspoons vinegar in a medium bowl. Serve the quesadillas with the slaw.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 quesadilla & ½ cup slaw each
  • Per serving: 451 calories; 21 g fat(5 g sat); 4 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 34 mcg folate; 92 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 5,051 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 191 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 766 mg sodium; 608 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (101% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, 3½ lean protein, 2½ fat, ½ high-fat protein

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