The more children cook and prepare fresh food from scratch, the more likely they are to try and appreciate healthier, varied ingredients. Give the children in your life the opportunity to become involved cooking from scratch with you. Here is a simple, farm-fresh chicken and kale quesadillas recipe that you and your kids can easily make together for dinner or lunch. You’re sure to hear your kids asking for seconds of “that kale dish” and you’ll be pleased they are eating something as nutritious as kale. This recipe is courtesy of Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant.
Chicken and Kale Quesadillas Recipe
Chicken and Kale Quesadillas Ingredients
½ pound chicken breast, cooked and sliced thinly
8 flour tortillas
¾ pound cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons onion, chopped and sauteed
2 tablespoons jalapenos, chopped
½ pound kale, cleaned and chopped, and sauteed or steamed
4 teaspoons canola oil or other light cooking oil
Salt and pepper
Chicken and Kale Quesadillas Directions
Preheat oven to 450º.
Place 4 tortillas on a flat surface.
Divide the chicken, onions, jalapenos, kale and cheese 4 ways and spread evenly on the tortillas. Cover each with the remaining tortillas.
Pour one teaspoon of oil onto each of the tops of the 4 quesadillas and evenly coat the tortilla with either a pastry brush or with your fingers.
Lightly oil 2 cookie pans and place 2 quesadillas on each pan. Place the pans in the oven and bake until the tops are crispy, about 6 minutes.
Slice the chicken and kale quesadillas like a pizza and enjoy with your favorite salsa or sauce.
This chicken and kale quesadillas recipe is easy to prepare, tasty, and healthy. I hope you enjoy the variety.
Thanks to Chef Josh Kroner for sharing this recipe with us. He has been a driving force behind the farm to table movement in the Hudson Valley since he opened his first restaurant in 1998. As executive Chef/Owner of Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, NY, voted Best Restaurant in Dutchess County in 2010 & 2011, he continues to please Hudson Valley diners with his New American cooking, blending aspects of French, Southwestern and Asian cuisines, and local, organic ingredients.