Nov 15

Cajun Chicken Quesadillas

Cajun Chicken Quesadillas





Snack food in a jiffy … this is my kind of cooking … and I mean it. It could not be any easier than this; literally just six ingredients went into making the quesadillas and it was a hit with the boyfriend (who is a picky eater by nature). And that is considered a win in my house.



My first ever experience with a quesadilla was a night out with my girlfriends at a local bar. We had not seen each other for a good few years after I had moved away to pursue my career as a nurse in neighbouring Singapore. Anyway, cocktails and nibblies soon arrived at our table and back then I couldn’t even pronounced the name ‘quesadillas’; that’s how un-foodielike I was. But the first impression was a pretty good one, even if it was simply bland pieces of chicken and heaps of melted cheese. Not a lot of flavour going on but it was a pleasant warm snack nonetheless.



Years later I found myself at Taco Bills, Melbourne. Yes, I went there. Anyway, this was my chance to get reacquainted with the chicken and cheese pocket however, at A$ 9.50 per portion, I thought that was a bit extreme. It was served as an appetizer for goodness sake! Why does it have to be so expensive?? Well I am here to tell you that with as little as six simple ingredients you can have a tasty homemade version for a fraction of the price. Price wars aside, I think you should make your own simply because it just tastes better.





  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • Cajun seasoning
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly in half-moons
  • Bunch of fresh coriander leaves
  • 8 soft tortillas
  • 1 cup grated cheese




Slice each chicken breast in half, lengthwise to produce four thinner pieces of meat that will cook more evenly.



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Sprinkle with cajun seasoning and set aside while you heat some oil and a little butter in a pan. You can use all oil if you want but butter does help give the chicken a nice colour. Improves the flavour too.


Remove chicken from the pan and allow to rest in a warm place. Meanwhile, construct your quesadillas. Start with a layer of cheese on the first tortilla. Then add cut up pieces of chicken. Onions and coriander leaves to follow, then a final layer of cheese to stick it all together. If you like a bit of colour then adding diced red peppers and chunks of avocado wouldn’t be a bad idea.


In a clean non-stick pan that’s been preheated, place the tortilla in it for about 2 – 3 mins per side. Once each side is a crisp golden brown, remove from pan and cut into wedges. Soooooooo delicious and it can be on the table in under 30 mins.



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Don’t have a bottle of cajun seasoning on hand? Never mind … just make your own by combining

– smokey paprika

– cayenne pepper

– ground black pepper

– garlic powder

– onion powder

– salt

– pinch of sugar

– dry oregano

– dry thyme

~ Enjoy ~


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