The delicious and hearty filling of aromatic Jasmine Rice, chicken, BBQ sauce, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese, these quesadillas are the perfect on-the-go snack or even a meal on their own! Try them out with whole-wheat tortillas or your favorite corn tortillas.
Heat rice according to package directions.
In a medium bowl, toss chicken with barbecue sauce, green onions, and rice until well coated. Sprinkle 2 tbsp cheese over half of each tortilla; top with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and fold tortilla over to enclose filling.
Brush ½ tbsp oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook quesadillas, in 6 batches, for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and cheese melts, adding remaining oil as needed. Cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges; serve with salsa.
Who doesn’t love quesadillas? There’s nothing more irresistible than the gooey melted cheese pouring out of a freshly made quesadilla. In case you didn’t know, this is a typical Mexican dish made with corn tortillas and cheese as the base. In fact, its name comes from the Spanish word for cheese: ‘queso.’
Once you have the tortillas and the cheese, quesadillas can be stuffed with pretty much anything. Whatever ingredients you choose for the filling, we do recommend cooking them first. This recipe calls for BBQ Chicken, but feel free to sub the chicken out with whatever you have on hand or use a vegetarian option.
For us, the quesadilla filling just wouldn’t be complete without a hearty dose of rice. Luckily, Carolina® Ready-To-Heat Jasmine Rice pouches can be cooked in only 90 seconds! Your time-crunch won’t be a problem when making this Mexican inspired recipe – the perfect afterschool snack for your kids. If you’re taking them on-the-go, don’t forget to pack a bit of salsa or guacamole for dipping.
Quesadillas are usually served topped with guacamole or Pico de Gallo. If you’re making this recipe as an appetizer or a Mexican family dinner, why don’t you test your skills out in the kitchen and make a pico de gallo salsa or some guacamole yourself.
As we always say, homemade makes the real difference, and you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make a refreshing tomato mix. All you need is a few slightly ripe Roma Tomatoes, onions (red or yellow are fine), fresh coriander leaves, and jalapeños for the spicy kick. Chop & mix, that’s all it takes to make a great Pico de Gallo.
Pro tip: squeeze juice from a lime and add salt to boost the flavors.
If you’re eating meat-free, don’t turn your back on this delicious recipe just because of the chicken. Aside from their impressive look, Quesadillas taste incredible and take a little preparation – no matter what you fill them with.
So, if you’re vegetarian, you can still enjoy the Mexican flavors by substituting in tofu, sauteed veggies, or a mix of mushrooms and shiitake for the chicken.
For a 100% wholegrain meal, substitute Carolina® Brown Rice for the Ready-To-Heat Pouches. The nutty flavor of brown rice pairs amazingly with the whole-wheat tortillas.