Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins
Using left-over or deli rotisserie chicken, these quesadillas are a cut above the norm, perked up with the as-spicy-as-you-wish poblano pesto.
- 2 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
- 1⁄2 cup pumpkin seeds or 1⁄2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1⁄2 cup cilantro, with stems coarsely chopped (or use parsley if you prefer)
- 1 -2 serrano peppers or 1 -2 jalapeno chile, optionally blackened
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 4 (10 inch) flour tortillas
- 2 cups cooked chicken, diced (about 2 large breasts)
- 1 cup monterey jack cheese, grated
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Put poblanos, pumpkin seeds,cilantro and serranos in a food processor and pulse until puréed.
- Add the oil in a steady stream with the machine running.
- Add the lime juice and salt, mixing well.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Spread 1/4 cup of the pesto on each tortilla.
- Distribute 1/2 cup chicken on each tortilla and sprinkle with Monterrey Jack and Parmesan cheese.
- Fold tortillas in half.
- Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat.
- Sauté quesadillas for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until the tortillas are golden brown and all the cheese is melted.
- Let cool for 1 minute and cut each quesadilla into thirds. Serve with any remaining pesto or salsa of your choice.
The pesto was a nice change from the usual basil pesto, but we found the quesadillas slightly dry and....missing something? Maybe I should have used more pesto. I did have mine with sour cream and salsa and that improved it some. Thanks for sharing, SusieQusie!
Great quesadillas. Loved the poblano pesto. Have leftovers so will make again soon.