Spicy Chicken Quesadillas are easily made with only 4 ingredients and within 30 minutes. These Quesadillas are packed with melted cheese, tender rotisserie chicken, and spicy jalapenos, all stuffed in a crunchy flour tortilla. You can serve them as a snack, lunch, or make a big batch for a party.
It’s very hard to resist anything that’s loaded with melted cheese. Cheese just makes everything better and tastes delicious. Luckily, these quesadillas are loaded with spicy Pepper Jack cheese.
These quesadillas are super easy to put together since all you need is rotisserie chicken, jalapeno peppers, and Pepper Jack cheese to make the filling. This simple combination of flavors is perfect together. There is a spicy bite from jalapeno peppers but chicken and cheese mellows the spice.
You can make these quesadillas spicier by keeping the seeds in the jalapenos. Seeds are actually the spiciest part of the pepper so leaving them in, will kick up the spice lever quite a bit.
TIPS FOR MAKING THESE CHICKEN QUESADILLAS
When working with jalapenos and other spicy peppers, I highly recommend wearing gloves. Spice stays on your fingers for a long time, even after washing your hands several times. I’ve tried many “tricks” that are supposed to take off the spice but none of them ever truly work.
It’s very easy to pick up a pack of latex gloves at the pharmacy and keep them in the kitchen to use when working with spicy peppers.
Cut spicy peppers last, that way you don’t have to use the knife or the board again. If you can’t cut peppers last, switch to another cutting board after the peppers are cut.
Quesadillas are perfect to feed a crowd and if you’re making them one at a time, you will end up with most quesadillas being cold. Keep cooked ones warm in the oven at 200° while preparing the rest.
Use a pancake griddle to easily prepare several quesadillas at a time.
To easily and quickly cut quesadillas, use a pizza cutter.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH QUESADILLAS
You can’t have a quesadilla without something to dip it in. Of course, technically you can, but why would you? There are many options that will go great with these quesadillas, like
CAN QUESADILLAS BE REHEATED?
Absolutely! You can easily reheat the quesadilla in a preheated pan, over medium heat. Place cooked quesadillas in a lightly greased pan and cook them on both sides just until the cheese is soft and melted again. This will “revive” the quesadilla and get the tortilla crispy again.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Quesadilla
- 6 flour soft taco tortillas
- 2 cups diced rotisserie chicken
- 3 jalapeno peppers
- 12 oz Pepper Jack cheese
- Dice rotisserie chicken, grate cheese, and dice jalapeno peppers. (You can choose to discard jalapeno seeds or leave them in to make it spicier.) Combine chicken, cheese and jalapenos in a mixing bowl and mix until evenly mixed throughout.
- Preheat a cooking pan over medium heat and grease it lightly with some cooking spray.
- Place 1 tortilla in the cooking pan and spread a third of the filling all over the tortilla. Cover with another tortilla and and spray the top with some cooking spray.
- Cook until cheese starts to melt and bottom tortilla is browned. Flip on the other side and cook until that side is browned as well.
- Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
- Note: if available, you can cook more than one quesadilla at a time on a griddle.
Note: you can keep cooked tortillas warm in the oven heated to 200°.