Monday 1 September 2014

Chicken and Jalapeno Quesadillas

I'm all for super quick dinners during the week when, let's face it, no one really wants to come home only to have to cook a long and complicated meal. We all still want to have a meal that is packed full of fresh, tasty ingredients and quesadillas really fit this bill nicely.

This entire meal, from quesadilla to rice, took around 30 minutes to get on the table. I paired my chicken and jalapeno quesadilla with Jalapeno Rice from Kecias Flavor Breakthrough. Kecia is the master at all things rice and this dish was simple, took very little hands on time, and was the perfect complement to the quesadilla.

Since this recipe is quick and easy to make as well as being super cheap to throw together, I am recycling it as Part One of a Grad Student Blogger Series. Part One is all about "The Starving Grad/Undergrad Student" (low-budget/cost-saving recipes)

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Chicken Quesadillas

Serves 4

500 g Chicken breast, cooked and shredded
2 Jalapeno peppers, seeds removed (if desired) and finely chopped
1/2 Onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp sriracha
1/2 Cup chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
4 jumbo tortillas
1 Cup grated cheese
Sour cream to serve

1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F). Heat a dash of oil in a fry pan. Fry onion, jalapeno, and garlic for about 3 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, sriracha, and chicken stock. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

2. Spread 1/4 of the chicken mixture over one half of each tortilla. Top with a generous amount of cheese and fold the other half of the tortilla over.

3. Place quesadillas onto a baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes, until the tortillas are golden and the cheese is melted.

4. Cut each quesadilla into thirds and serve hot with jalapeno rice and sour cream.


  1. These quesadillas sound awesome!! I love the extra SPICE!! We are a Mexican food loving family! Can't wait to try these!

  2. G'day! love quesadillas Nic and yours sounds delish!
    Cheers Joanne

  3. I love Quesadillas and this looks so delicious!!

  4. Chicken and Jalapeno Quesadillas! I may have to take it easy on the heat factor for The Hubby, but these sure do sound tasty!

  5. I LOVE fresh jalapeno in my chicken quesadillas! This looks so delicious and Kecia's rice sounds awesome as well! <3

  6. Yummy...every time we go on vacation to Mexico I eat quesadillas non stop, love them! Pinned!

  7. Pinning for later. My daughter loves quesadillas and while these may be too spicy for her, I know the rest of my family would love them.

  8. Chicken and Jalapeno Quesadillas look so easy and delicious ! This is going to be a big hit with our family this weekend! Thanks for a new idea!!

  9. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  10. These look right up my alley- I love a good, spicy quesadilla. Now I want one!

  11. Your Chicken and JalapeƱo Quesadillas sound deliciously spicy and comforting. Thank you for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)

  12. I love these quesadillas! Some spiciness and quick to put together? I'm in! So happy to meet you. Fellow Neuroscience student here!! We need to talk about our experiences soon!

  13. I am all for anything that has cheese and jalapenos in it. Talk about a recipe I could DEFINITELY use as a starving student! This is an awesome contribution, and it's totally great to have you on board. Ditto to what Zainab said--I totally want to hear more about your school stories soon--cheerios!