Time for a little post-holiday variety: Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

After two big holiday meals of turkey and stuffing, who isn't ready to mix things up a bit and bring some spice back to the table? While conjuring up your favorite fajitas on their own would be cause enough for celebration, just adding a little cheese to the same ingredients brings a whole new twist to the occasion. It's a still a fajita, but served quesadilla style!

You will need (for 6 servings):

  • 7 tortillas
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow, and green)
  • 7 oz red onion
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro

Here's how:

Cut the chicken, peppers and red peppers into strips and add to a large casserole dish. 

Add the garlic and spices and drizzle with olive oil.

Toss well to coat the ingredients with seasoning and oil and bake at 390°F for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, coat a cast iron skillet with oil. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, an oven-safe frying pan also works.

Arrange five of the tortillas around the edges of the skillet in a flower form, placing one tortilla in the center.

Distribute half the shredded cheese on the center tortilla. 

When the the fajita mixture is ready, add on top of the bottom cheese layer. It's fine if the mixture is still warm from the oven.

Top with diced tomatoes, chopped spring onions and chopped coriander.

And finally add the remaining cheese.

Now cover with the remaining tortilla and fold in the tortillas forming the flower so that the ingredients are nicely covered. Bake in the skillet for 40 minutes at 350°F.

Remove from the oven when the tortillas have turned slightly golden or brown. Make sure you are using quality oven mitts, as the skillet will be very hot.

Place a large wooden cutting board or serving board over the skillet and carefully turn over so that the tortilla encasing slides out gently. Cut like a cake and serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole, sour cream and jalapeños.


Here is a video of the complete steps:

If you're someone who has an extensive spice cabinet, you may want to throw in a few more seasonings to really turn up the heat. Hot sauce is also a good idea if you like spicy food. Now all you need are some margaritas and you can let the good times roll!


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