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Copycat Bajio Chicken Green Chile Quesadilla

September 20, 2015
My first year of college I got a couple of jobs during the summer, one of which was at a Bajio in Provo, Utah. 
 
One of the absolute best things on the menu was their Chicken Green Chile Quesadilla. 

It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s fresh and SOOOOO delicious. 

It’s got lots of peppers, lots of onions, and loads of cheese. 

All of the good things in life, basically.

If you’ve never been to Bajio before, that’s okay! Because here is one of the best things on their menu! 

But also, I’m sorry because Bajio is super delicious. 

It’s a lot like Cafe Rio or Costa Vida if you know what those are. 

Fast Mexican Food, basically. Genius, really. 

Working there was awesome because I got to eat there quite a bit, and I honestly never got tired of this one. Now that I don’t work there it’s one of my favorite things to make at home. 

You are wondering what my other jobs were that summer, aren’t you?

Actually you probably weren’t. But now you definitely are.

I worked at Bajio as the full time tortilla girl, at a restaurant called Magelby’s as a hostess and then at a KFC as a … well … I don’t exactly know what I did there.

You see, I only worked there for a little over two hours. 

Seriously. 

They sent me a check in the mail for $13.27.

Copycat Bajio Chicken Green Chile Quesadilla
This quesadilla ranks as one of my top ten favorite meals of all time! It's slightly sweet, slightly spicy and TOTALLY cheesy!
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For the Chicken
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup lime juice
  3. 1 cup vegetable oil
For the Green chile Chutney
  1. 3 large annaheim peppers, halved, seeds removed
  2. 1 - 2 jalapeno peppers, halved, seeds removed
  3. 5-7 tomatillos, husks removed
  4. 2 large sweet onions, halved
  5. 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  6. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. dash of chili powder
  9. dash of cumin
  10. salt, to taste
For the quesadillas
  1. Caramelized Onions
  2. Tortillas
  3. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  4. Pico De Gallo
  5. Fresh lettuce
  6. Sour Cream
  7. Cilantro Lime Ranch
Instructions
  1. In a shallow bowl mix together lime juice and vegetable oil. Place chicken breasts in this lime mixture and put in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours. After it has finished marinating, grill the chicken on a hot grill until the juices run clear. Set aside to rest. Once it as cooled, shred it into smaller pieces.
For the green chile chutney
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place annaheim peppers, jalapeño peppers, tomatillos and onions on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes or until nicely browned.
  2. Place tomatillos and about 1/4 cup onion in blender and process until mostly smooth.
  3. Roughly dice all your roasted peppers.
  4. Add all the chutney ingredients into a large pot, except for the remaining roasted sweet onion. Cook over medium/low heat for about 20 minutes or until thickened and reduced. Add more sugar/peppers to adjust the sweetness/spiciness, to suit your tastes.
For the caramelized onions
  1. Slice your roasted sweet onions about 1/2 inch thick. Put into a large saucepan with 1/4 cup green chile chutney and heat over medium/low heat until caramelized while stirring occasionally.
To assemble the quesadillas
  1. In a medium sized saucepan add 1 shredded chicken breast, 1 cup of green chile chutney and a handful of caramelized onions. Stir together and cook over medium heat until heated through.
  2. Warm up your tortilla and put cheese on the tortilla until melted. Then spoon your chicken mixture onto the tortilla. Fold in half and cut into wedges.
  3. Serve with pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream or cilantro lime ranch.
Adapted from Our Recipe Garden
Adapted from Our Recipe Garden
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Dang taxes took me to the cleaners on that pay check. 
 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Shannon Leidholt July 7, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Would you happen to remember their lime chicken recipe. They closed the location is las vegas, nv and we are all grain nachos with the chicken. Thank you.

    • Reply taythurston July 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      I do not have their lime chicken recipe. It bums me out that they all went under. They were SO SO GOOD! The last one standing is about thirty minutes away from me and I rarely make the trip anymore. Have you checked out Pinterest?

  • Reply Amber June 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I am looking for a copycat of their sweet tomatillo vinaigrette dressing. Any ideas of where I could find it?

  • Reply Alexa July 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I am also looking for their vinaigrette dressing recipe. Even just the ingredients! Do you happen to know it?

    • Reply taythurston July 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      I do not! I’ve never even had it before! I’m going to have to go in and try it at the last remaining Bajio so I can check it out! What do you put it on?

      • Reply Alexa July 28, 2017 at 8:02 pm

        Sorry this is so delayed… I put a little bit on the chicken green chili salad–it tastes very similar to the sweet green chili sauce/chutney used for the chicken. I bet it has similar ingredients but I haven’t been successful in my different attempts to make it. Let me know if you try it!

  • Reply Tia September 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Does this recipe say how many it serves (assuming 1 quesadilla per person)? It sounds like 2 people since you mentioned using 1 shredded piece of chicken to put on your tortilla. Is that correct?
    Thanks!

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