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Smoked Hot Chicken Quesadillas

Tender smoked chicken rubbed with a spicy pepper blend loaded with Oaxaca, queso Quesadilla, peppers, tomatoes, and green onions.

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WHAT’S GOING ON HERE:

Smoked Chicken: I used a whole smoke chicken so I can make a variety of meals throughout the week. use any cut of chicken for this dish smoked, roasted or fried. Make sure chicken is cut or pulled into bite-sized enjoyable pieces.

Burrito Tortillas: for jumbo Quesadillas you need jumbo tortillas. burrito-style is the only way to go.

Oaxaca Cheese: Oaxaca cheese is a smooth semi-hard melting cheese. It has a similar texture to mozzarella and is super stringy. if you’re a cheese lover don’t skip the Oaxaca.

Queso Quesadilla: Queso Quesadilla is a part skim milk cheese. it’s a softer cheese that melts super creamy. it’s mild so it takes on and flavor you add to it.

Cheddar Cheese: Cheddar cheese adds nice color to the white pale Quesadilla. The sharpness in the cheese adds some extra flavor to the rich quesadillas.

Green Onions: With all the richness in this Quesadilla the green onions provide some crunch and zest. thinly sliced green onion is a perfect but not overwhelming addition to it.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST SMOKED HOT CHICKEN QUESADILLAS

butter: nothing goes better with hot things like butter. add together butter and oil to raise the smoke point of the butter. a higher smoke point will keep the butter from burning.

raw tomatoes and peppers: when building your quesadillas don’t forget the veg. the raw peppers and tomatoes help cut the richness the fat brings from the cheese. the residual heat will help boost the flavor so that’s it’s noticeable with each bite.

low and slow: cooking your Quesadilla low and slow will not only ensure everything properly melts. it will keep the spices in the pan from burning and turning bitter. crank the heat at the end of the cook to add some nice color.

SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO:

  1. TRI-TIP QUESADILLAS
  2. SPICY CHICKEN QUESADILLA
  3. BAKED BREAKFAST TAQUITOS + TOMATILLO SALSA

ENJOY THIS RECIPE WITH:

  1. REFRIED PINTO BEANS
  2. TAQUERIA STYLE RED SAUCE
  3. SHREDDED ADOBO PORK ENCHILADAS

Smoked Hot Chicken Quesadillas

Smoked Hot Chicken Quesadillas
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • Hot Seasoning
  • 3TB Cayenne Pepper
  • 1TB Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2tsp Black Pepper
  • 1tsp White Pepper
  • 1TB Garlic Powder
  • 2tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • 6 Tortillas, burrito style
  • 6 oz Oaxaca Cheese
  • 6oz Queso Quesadilla
  • 6oz Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 Green Onions, sliced
  • Hot Sauce
  • 1 Jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 Roma Tomato, diced
  • 4-6Tb Butter
  • 1-2Tb Cooking Oil
  • 1Tb Cayenne Pepper
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1TB Hot Sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine all the ingredients listed under hot seasoning. Rub the chicken inside and out with it. Season completely with salt.
  • Smoke at 225F for 5 hours till cooked to 165F
  • Let cool then shred.
  • Place half the tortillas on a flat surface.
  • Divide the cheeses, chicken, jalapenos, tomatoes and a dash of hot sauce evenly on one side of each set of tortillas. Top with the other tortillas.
  • In a pan add in a combination of half butter and oil. Add in half of paprika, cayenne and hot sauce.
  • Place topped quesadillas into pan and cook on each side till golden brown with the cheese melted.
  • Remove from the pan once browned and cut into sections, serve!
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