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High-Protein Air Fryer Quesadillas With Cottage Cheese and Chicken

High-Protein Air Fryer Quesadillas With Cottage Cheese and Chicken
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Yields
6 servings

Cottage cheese has made a come back in a big way. High protein and so very versatile, we’re adding this delicious cheese to just about everything! These quesadillas are gooey and creamy on the inside, and perfectly crisp on the outside. Served with a bright and fiery dip, they’re a great way to add in some extra protein, and of course tons of flavour, to your next meal.

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ingredients

Spiced Chicken

1
lb chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
¼
tsp paprika
½
tsp dried oregano
¼
tsp cumin powder
½
tsp cayenne pepper
½
tsp chili powder
½
tsp garlic powder
1
tsp salt
¼
tsp black pepper
1 ½
Tbsp lime juice
1 ½
Tbsp olive oil

Cottage Cheese Sauce

½
cup cottage cheese
1
chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1
tsp adobo sauce
1
Tbsp water, or as required

Dip

2
Tbsp cottage cheese
2
Tbsp Greek yogurt
1
Tbsp lime juice
1
Tbsp chopped cilantro
2
tsp chopped jalapeno, to taste
¼
tsp salt

Assembly

¼
cup corn, fresh or frozen
Tex Mex Cheese
6
tortillas
Olive oil
Fresh cilantro, chopped, as garnish
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directions

Notes

This recipe requires 30 minutes marinating time.

Ingredients for air fryer cottage cheese quesadillas
Step 1

For the spiced chicken, add the chicken, spices, lime juice and olive oil to a bowl. Mix well to coat, set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Marinated chicken in a bowl
Step 2

For the cottage cheese sauce, add the cottage cheese, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and water to a blender, and puree until smooth. Set aside.

Cottage cheese sauce in a bowl
Step 3

To make the dip, puree cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno and salt. Set aside.

Cottage cheese dip in a bowl
Step 4

Grill the chicken thighs on the barbecue, or in a pan, until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F; about 5 minutes per side. Rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes, before roughly dicing into small cubes.

Grilled chicken on a plate
Step 5

In a bowl, add the diced chicken, cottage cheese and chipotle sauce (as desired) and corn. Mix to coat.

Grilled chicken, corn and cottage cheese sauce in a mixing bowl
Step 6

Sprinkle Tex Mex cheese over half a tortilla, spread over about 3 tablespoons of the filling, sprinkle with Tex Mex to cover, fold the bare half of the tortilla over to close the quesadilla pressing down to flatten slightly. Spray or brush with olive oil.

Cottage cheese quesadillas in an air fryer
Step 7

Air fry on 350°F for 4 minutes on one side, flip and air fry for another 4 minutes, or until golden and crispy and the cheese has melted.

Air fried quesadillas in an air fryer basket
Step 8

Remove quesadillas from the air fryer, garnish with fresh cilantro, and enjoy with the dip.

High-Protein Air Fryer Quesadillas With Cottage Cheese and Chicken

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