How to Make Restaurant Style Chicken Quesadilla Recipe at Home
How to Make Restaurant Style Chicken Quesadilla Recipe at Home The quesadilla, derived from the Spanish word “queso,” meaning cheese, is a traditional Mexican snack often eaten with meals. Often filled with meats, cheese, and other ingredients, a folded flour tortilla is toasted to create a turnover or quesadilla. The melted cheese holds the other ingredients inside the toasted tortilla. Restaurants offer quesadillas as appetizers or a main course. To cook a chicken quesadilla at home just like a Mexican restaurant requires proper marinating of the meat and proper preparation of the peppers and onions.
- 12 large flour tortillas
2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 1/2 cups grated cheese (Monterey Jack is the best)
- 2 pounds skinless chicken breasts
- Pico de Gallo, for serving, recipe follows
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons taco or Cajun seasoning mix
- 1 large onion, cut in half and then into slices
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 12 tablespoons butter, for frying
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and taco seasoning. Add the chicken to the skillet and saute over medium-high heat until done, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and dice into cubes. Set aside.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet over high heat. Throw in the onions and peppers and cook until the peppers have a few dark brown/black areas, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Sizzle 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a separate skillet or griddle over medium heat and lay a flour tortilla in the skillet. Then build the quesadillas by laying grated cheese on the bottom tortilla, and then arranging the chicken and cooked peppers. Top with a little more grated cheese and top with a second tortilla.
- When the tortilla is golden on the first side, carefully flip the quesadilla to the other side, adding another 1/2 tablespoon butter to the skillet at the same time. Continue cooking until the second side is golden. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fillings.
- Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with Pico de Gallo.