Chef Aaron’s Chicken Quesadillas
Everyone has their preferences on what to put into a Quesadilla. Some like beans, others prefer steak over chicken. Some take it spicy while others steer clear of any trace of spice. Some people don’t like tomato- oh don’t worry they’ll tell you how they feel about tomatoes. I can confidentially say that we all agree that Quesadillas need lots of cheese and a crispy tortilla. Let’s dive into what all goes into my version of a Quesadilla.
- Chicken- Got to use thighs, breasts are to dry and to lean. A nice slow-cooked chicken thigh with a chimichurri marinade or a chipotle rub will always kick up your chicken.
- Cheese- Personal preference here- Pepper Jack, Colby, Cheddar, Cojita, etc. Whatever the case, make sure you use lots of it! I always like to sprinkle a bit on the very outside of the tortilla shell, give you a nice bite of crunch grilled cheese on your quesadilla.
- Extras- Beans, rice, Pico, Jalapenos, etc. It time to make it your own!
- Sauce- Think about drizzling ab bit of hot sauce or sauce of preference. My go to is Ortega Taco Sauce, simple sauce but gives your quesadilla a bit of extra flavor.
- Tortilla- Flour tortilla is a must for this, while corn tortillas have their place and time. Quesadillas are built around flour tortillas.
When you’re ready to make your own Quesadillas, make sure you have a large pan/skillet or a flat top griddle plate. Now begin your process or just follow my recipe below:
- Chimichurri Chicken 6 ounces, chopped
- Spanish Rice ½ Cup
- Colby Cheese 1 Cup
- Ortega 3 Tbl.
- Pico De Gallo ¼ C
- Tortilla, 12-inch 1 Ea.
- To begin assembling your quesadilla, it is best to assemble it on the counter and then transfer it.
- Lay a tortilla down a sprinkle with cheese, making sure to go all the way to the edge
- On half of it, add your chicken first, then the rice, then top with Pico and finish with Ortega
- Drizzle some oil on your cooking surface and lay down the tortilla.
- Let it cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, if need be put a lid on it to help cheese melt.
- Once melted and looking delicious, gently, fold it over so it forms a semi-circle.
- Transfer to cutting board and cut into four pie pieces.
- Put it on plate or platter and serve with sour cream and salsa.