Chicken quesadillas with serrano chiles and white Cheddar

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs (about 5 thighs)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more for cast iron skillet
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 or 6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1 (730g) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 to 10 flour tortillas
  • 1 (225g) tin whole serrano chiles, roughly chopped
  • 225g grated sharp white Cheddar
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves, for garnish
1) Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Brown the chicken well on both sides. Remove chicken and set aside.

2) Reduce heat to medium and saute onion, garlic, oregano and cumin for a few minutes. Stir in tomatoes, lime juice, sugar and salt. Add chicken back to the sauce bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes.

3) Remove chicken from cooking liquid and let rest until cool enough to handle. Pull the meat from the bone and toss with the cooking liquid. Discard the bones and skin.

4) For the tortillas: Rub a cast iron skillet lightly with vegetable oil and heat over medium flame.

5) Sprinkle cheese all over the tortilla. Top with pulled chicken, serranos and another tortilla. Toast on each side in the skillet until warmed through and cheese has completely melted. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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