Applebee's Copycat Recipe
A rich and savoury queso blend of Asiago and cheddar-jack cheeses, prepared fundido-style – melted to gooey perfection – make a delicious bed for our grilled chicken breast. It’s paired with crispy potatoes, sautéed onions, and grilled peppers, then seasoned with tangy lime and zesty chipotle pepper.
Spanish for "melted cheese," referring to a dish (which is usually served as an appetizer) of just that — melted cheese.
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups Asiago cheese, shredded
1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 tablespoons tequila
2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion sliced fajita style
1 red pepper sliced fajita style
1 green pepper sliced fajita style
3-4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
MEAT and MARINADE
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. red pepper, crushed
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
Marinate the Meat
Combine the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chili powder and red pepper in a plastic food storage bag. Place the chicken in the bag, close and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Saute the Vegetables
Quickly saute vegetables in oil until lightly browned; remove from pan.
Cook the Meat
Grill or saute the chicken on both sides until done. Remove from the pan.
Make the Queso Fundido
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the minced jalapeños, diced onion and a large pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in the tequila and cook, stirring frequently, until the skillet looks nearly dry, about 2 minutes.
Build the Dish
Place the cooked chicken and vegetables on top of the Queso and serve in the skillet.
Reduce the heat to low. Add the cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until fully melted, about 30 seconds.
Grill the Chicken
Applebee's International, Inc. is the leader in the casual dining segment of the United States restaurant marketplace. The company franchises and operates more than 1,100 restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar name, about a quarter of which it owns. The eateries offer moderately priced, high-quality food and drink for all ages in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Applebee's is continuing to expand, with 1,800 outlets the company's stated goal. A smaller restaurant format has been designed for areas with populations under 25,000, to facilitate penetration of previously untapped markets.