Spicy Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich

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Recipe: #24265

July 03, 2016

Categories: Sandwiches

"I came across this on a recipe site and adjusted it to our liking...we love it...you can serve this as a lunch for one or an appetizer for two."

Original is 1-2 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (313.5 g)
  • Calories 731.1
  • Total Fat - 37.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 22.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 265.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1100.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 48.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.5 g
  • Sugars - 1.9 g
  • Protein - 51 g
  • Calcium - 1180 mg
  • Iron - 3.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-low heat.

Step 2

Spread the chili paste on one side of one tortilla and set aside.

Step 3

Place the other tortilla in pan with butter.

Step 4

Layer on 3/4 cup cheese, chicken, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes and lettuce.

Step 5

Allow cheese to melt and set tortilla on a plate.

Step 6

Place the other tortilla with chili paste on the pan paste side up and top with 1/4 cup cheese and allow to melt.

Step 7

Place on top of the tortilla with chicken and then place the "sandwich" back in the pan for 1-2 minutes to allow the 2 sides to melt together.

Step 8

Slice, stack and enjoy!


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the cheese, choose one that melts well, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or mozzarella.
  • Make sure to slice the jalapeño peppers thinly, so they can be evenly distributed throughout the quesadilla.

  • Substitute the Sambal Oelek with Sriracha for a more mild flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it reduces the amount of heat in the dish, making it more approachable for those who don't enjoy spicy food.
  • Substitute the butter with olive oil for a healthier option. The benefit of this substitution is that it reduces the amount of saturated fat in the dish, making it a healthier choice for those looking to reduce their fat intake.

Vegetarian Quesadilla Sandwich Replace the chicken with 1/2 cup of cooked black beans, 1/4 cup of diced bell pepper, 1/4 cup of diced onion, and 1/4 cup of corn. Replace the chili paste with 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning. Omit the jalapeño peppers.

Mexican Street Corn Salad: This creamy and flavorful salad is the perfect accompaniment to the Spicy Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich. The sweetness of the corn and the creamy dressing balance the spiciness of the sandwich and make for a delicious meal.

Grilled Vegetable Burrito Bowl: This hearty and flavorful burrito bowl is the perfect complement to the Mexican Street Corn Salad. The grilled vegetables provide a smoky flavor and texture, while the Mexican-style rice and beans give the dish a satisfyingly filling base. The combination of the two dishes provides a complete and delicious meal.


Q: What type of cheese should I use?

A: You can use any type of cheese you like! Popular options include cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, and pepper jack.

Q: How can I melt cheese?

A: Cheese can be melted in a variety of ways. You can use a double boiler, a fondue pot, a microwave, or a stovetop. You can also melt cheese in a saucepan with a little bit of butter or oil.

5 Reviews


We enjoyed these for lunch... and then again for dinner tonight! I'm glad I had enough for two meals. SO GOOD. Made for Billboard Tag and then again because they were delicious!


review by:
(11 Aug 2023)


I made this for lunch today but in going to get the ingredients with the exception of pickled peppers which I could not source I discovered I did not have sambal oelek so used a very hot chilli paste given to me by a neighbour and I know it has 7 different chillies in it and three are ghost pepper, scotch bonnet and jalapeno and only used a teaspoon past experience has taught me it is super hot and then went to get the iceberg lettuce and it has disappeared so used baby spinach and chopped up some red and yellow cherry tomatoes for the tomatoes and proceeded to cook as per recipe and thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you TeresaS made for Players Favorites - 5 Star Gems tag game at FF&F.


review by:
(25 May 2021)

dienia b

Loved these easy breakfast used corn tortillas for mine


review by:
(6 Dec 2019)


Yummy quesadilla's. I made plain ones with only the cheese, chicken, jalapeno and hot sauce (because that's how my son likes them) and made others that contained all the noted ingredients plus some extras such as pickled onion, parsley, green onions. The possibilities are endless. A do again. Thank you Teresa for sharing.


review by:
(21 Jan 2017)


Loved these! My grandson raved and asked for a repeat next Sunday for the football game. They were a little messy 'flipping' but I have a feeling that I'll get that process nailed down as often as we plan on having them. lol. Thanks for sharing this great keeper, Teresa. Made for FYC tag.


review by:
(22 Sep 2016)

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Fun facts:

The sambal oelek chili paste used in this recipe is a traditional Indonesian condiment, made with a blend of fresh red chilies, vinegar, and salt. It is often used in Southeast Asian cooking, and is becoming increasingly popular in other cuisines.

The quesadilla sandwich is a favorite of celebrity chef, Bobby Flay. He often features it on his cooking show, and adds his own unique spin to the classic dish.