Fishy-dilla Kids' Plate

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 (10-inch) whole-wheat or multi-grain tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 2 Adobo Grilled Chicken Breasts, sliced, recipe follows
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 4 black olive slices
  • 4 ounces whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup matchstick cut carrots
  • 1 (5-ounce) container pimento cheese spread
  • 1 cup goldfish or oyster crackers
  • Adobo:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder or flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon achiote powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Nonstick cooking spray or oil
Directions
  • This great kids' plate will give them plenty of different things to munch without filling them up with too much sugar and junk food!

  • To make the quesadilla: Sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cheese over half of a tortilla, add a few strips of the chicken, and fold in half to enclose. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, cook the tortillas until toasted and the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, removing each to a plate. If your skillet is large enough, feel free to cook 2 at once.

  • Working 1 at a time, remove a quesadilla to a cutting board. Using kitchen shears or a pizza cutter, trim the folded side so its curve matches the open side of the tortilla. Put the quesadilla on a plate and lay the cut pieces on the end to make a fish tail. Arrange 4 to 5 avocado slices below the quesadilla to look like waves. Use a slice of black olive to make a fish eye and a matchstick carrot for the mouth.

  • Place a rounded tablespoon of cream cheese on the top left part of the plate and insert carrots into it, making an "anemone" to go with your fish. Place a rounded tablespoon of pimento cheese on the top right part of the plate and put a few goldfish around it, with a few nose-down in the "fish food."

  • Delicioso Adobo Grilled Chicken

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small glass jar with an airtight lid and shake to blend. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.

  • Season chicken with the adobo seasoning. Heat a grill pan to medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray or drizzle with oil. Place the chicken on the grill pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side depending on the size of the breasts.

  • Note: This recipe for adobo is a staple seasoning for many of my Latin recipes. You can make a large batch, store it in an airtight container and use it as a flavor enhancer in your favorite dishes.

  • Yield: about 1/2 cup adobo, 6 servings

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • Ease of preparation: easy


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