Thai Peanut Quesadillas

Thai Peanut Quesadillas

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[donotprint]This recipe comes from a cute little cookbook, Quesadillas written by a wonderful Utah food blogger, Donna Kelly, Fab Frugal Food. The cookbook is filled with fun, original ideas to make quesadillas for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert.

It’s little league football season again and it seems I’m always running back and forth and trying to squeeze in a healthy meal somewhere in the schedule. So I turned to Donna’s cookbook for a new idea for a quick and easy dinner and this recipe definitely fit the bill. It has all the flavors you’d expect in a Thai chicken dinner, but sandwiched between tortillas.

The original recipe calls for rotisserie chicken, but I substituted boneless skinless chicken breast that I had in the freezer. Donna suggests laying the tortillas on the counter and topping them all at once, which was something new to me, but an idea I really like. That way it’s so much easier to divide the toppings evenly between the quesadillas.

Donna, Fab Frugal Food, will be at the Utah State Fair on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 4:00, doing a quesadillas demo and promoting her new book –Quesadillas. Stop by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood. I know I’d like to.

Thai Peanut Quesadillas

Thai Peanut Quesadillas


  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco or cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 8 (9- to 10-inch) flour or wheat tortillas
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup thinly slice green onions
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


Brown chicken in a large non-stick skillet until it is cooked through. Mix together ginger, hot sauce, peanut butter, soy sauce, and lime juice. Stir into chicken.

Lay 4 tortillas on the counter and spread 1/3 cup cheese over each. Spread 1 cup chicken over cheese. Sprinkle some onions, peanuts, and cilantro over cheese. Spread another 3/3 cup cheese over top.

Slide one of the cheese-covered tortillas into a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. (I used an electric griddle.) Place one of the remaining tortillas on top. Press down with a wide spatula to remove any air pockets. Cover and cook 1 to 2 minutes, checking frequently, until bottom tortilla is crisp and browned.

Turn over, cover and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, or until lightly browned. Repeat this process for remaining quesadillas. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.


[donotprint]More recipes you might like:
Thai Chicken Burritos from Barbara Bakes
Amanda’s Chicken Fajita Quesadillas from Amanda’s Cookin’
Grilled Quesadillas from Fab Frugal Food
Black Bean and Vegetable Quesadilla with Guacamole from For the Love of Cooking[/donotprint]

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  1. says

    Yeah, me too! Anything with spicy peanut butter and I am so in! These look delicious and I love serving food like this for a casual dinner in front of a movie.

  2. says

    All these ingredients in one place is just too much for me to handle. LOL…I’m still eating my measely boring salad ;(

    Barbara…I’m glad your blog move went fairly well. I, for one have you on my blogroll…therefore…I never lost contact ;o))

    Have a great day,

  3. says

    Oh I so LOVE quesadillas, just saying the word makes me feel happy. Mind you, I have not really explored the range of stuff I could put in them – I have always stuck to my Nigella Lawson recipe of parma ham and jalapeno but as I see here I could put so many different things in them instead.

  4. says

    When my kids were in Little League, I had a huge repertoire of quickie dishes I knew they’d love. Sure wish quesadilla’s had been popular back then, ’cause there’s so much you can do with them.
    Love this recipe, Barbara!

  5. says

    first off great new site, love the new look!!! and football season!!YEAH!!! this would be a perfect addition to our football fare, super yummy and all our fav flavors..


  6. says

    Hello. I just “met” you on another blog and arrived to find you’ve used some of my favorite flavors in your recipe. I love Thai food! Thanks for another way to enjoy it.


  7. says

    These look great! I’ll have to make them when my hubby has other dinner plans, as he doesn’t like Thai flavors, but I would love to make them for a girls’ night in!

  8. says

    These flavors in this quesadillas all sound outstanding. Can’t wait to try them out for myself. Just stumbled into your blog and I’m loving all the recipes. Looking forward to following.

  9. says

    Definitely a must-try Thai recipe. I know this would be a hit with my husband and I and I love trying new dishes with a Thai influence. Thank you for sharing.

  10. says

    I am so, so happy that you are lovin’ the Quesadillas – They are a great desperation dinner, aren’t they?

    Thanks so much for the link! Very nice to have kudos from a fabulous cook like yourself –


  11. says

    Way to promote a fellow blogger! I LOVE donna’s blog and will have to check out this cookbook!

    Anything with the words thai and peanut in the title instantly gets my attention and this is no exception. What a great quick and easy meal!

  12. says

    Wow I love the look of those – will definitely have to give those a try. I have an electric pizza oven that I like to make quesadillas in – they are on the menu this weekend!! Thank you

  13. says

    These sound fantastic! Aren’t we all rushing around and still trying to get yummy, healthy meals on the table in next to no time? I know I am! This would go down a treat! Thanks!