BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

Pineapple was cheap the other week so I picked some up on a whim and although I was enjoying eating it as is, I couldn't help but think of using some of it in a recipe. For those of you that have been following for a while, you will not be surprised that one of my first ideas was using it in a grilled cheese sandwich, though as it happened I was out of bread but I did have some extra tortillas that needed using and so quesadillas it was! With all of the cold weather lately I have been dreaming about warmer days and the BBQ chicken and pineapple flavour combo was sounding really good for a cheesy quesadilla, along with some spicy jalapenos for extra heat of course. If it were warmer out I would fire up the grill, grill some chicken and slather it with BBQ sauce but since that was not viable I went with the simpler leftover shredded chicken option, which also happens to be much quicker to implement. I have to say that the combo of the sweet and spicy BBQ chicken and juicy and tangy pineapple was a fabulous one! The ooey gooey cheesy quesadillas were pretty amazing and certainly did remind me warmer days; a perfect way to enjoy that pineapple!

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas
A new quesadilla shot; the open uncooked ingredient shot! Don't worry more cheese was heaped on top of all of that before the tortilla was folded over to make the quesadilla!

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas
Just look at all of that amazing melted cheese, BBQ chicken, pineapple and jalapenos! Those bits of burnt cheese that melted out of the sides of the quesadilla are obviously the best part!

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

Sweet and spicy BBQ chicken and juicy and tangy pineapple quesadillas filled with spicy jalapenos and plenty of melted cheese!


Servings: makes 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 inch) tortilla
  • 1/4 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1/4 cup jack, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chicken, cooked, shredded or cut into small pieces and warm
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, sliced and optionally grilled
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • cilantro to taste
Directions
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat.
  2. Place the tortilla in the pan, sprinkle half of the cheese over half of the tortilla, followed by the chicken, BBQ sauce, pineapple, jalapeno, cilantro and the remaining cheese.
  3. Fold the tortilla in half covering the filling and cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your recipes are wonderful and the photos are gorgeous. Sometimes, I find myself reading the text a few times over because of the lack of commas. I guess you're not a comma person, huh?

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That looks amazing! I'm pinning it and can't wait to make it ... what a great combination of flavors!

Christina @ It's a Keeper said...

These look absolutely AH-MAZING! I can't wait to give them a try!! Thanks for sharing!

Christina @ It's a Keeper

Closet Blitz Woman said...

This would be heaven onn a stick for my dreary worklunches. I am going to have to pilfer the recipe and make. Many thanks Kevin.

Pauline said...

Ah, what a unique way to use pineapple. Never have I heard it used in a quesadilla. That will be something to try! As always, your cheesy recipes always look amazing and devilishly tasty!

Peabody said...

Loving this Kevin! Yum!

Rachel @ Bakerita said...

This sounds amazing! And yes - those crunchy cheesy bits around the edge are definitely the best! Such a brilliant use of pineapple, I bet the sweet/tart thing is amazing in this.

Vimitha Anand said...

I love the combo of chicken and pineapple. Cheesy and yummy dish

Juliana Loh @bilbaobab said...

this looks and sounds delish!!!! good idea adding pineapple to the mix! thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious, Kevin and I bet the jalapenos really give it that extra pop! You're getting really good at this. . . :D

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

I just love what you do to me.

Little Kitchie said...

MMMMMM love the flavor combination here!! It's always a good time for quesadillas!

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

I've done this with pizza! It is very good. But right now I have tortillas in the fridge!

Stupid Girl and the Train Wreck said...

I love pineapple on Pizza but I never thought of it on Quesadillas or Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for that matter.

Pam said...

I really wish I had the ingredients to make this for lunch today. So drool worthy!

naomi said...

You are my favorite cook. Period. LOVE this heat and pineapple -always a good combo.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love the spicy fruit combo. I can't wait to try this one...

Plitvice said...

It looks amazing and taste great as well... :)

mountain mama cooks said...

I love it when pineapple goes savory. This looks like oozing deliciousness!

Shari K said...

My roommates and I were brave yesterday and tried your recipe- instead of bbq (we forgot it at the store) we used a Caribbean-jerk marinade with honey, jalapeno, and cilantro added to it. It was still SO awesome. All 4 of us are firm believers in your blog now!

Kevin Lynch said...

Shari K: I am glad that you enjoyed it! I am going to have to try the jerk marinade version now!

Anonymous said...

I discovered this recipe on pinterest a few days ago, immediately put the ingredients on my grocery list and made it today! Holy deliciousness! Thank you!

I wanted to come back to the direct source to say thanks and now that I'm here I can't wait to look around for more inspiration!

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: I am glad that you enjoyed it and I do hope that you get the chance to try some more of my recipes!

foody schmoody said...

This looks great. I make a BBQ Chicken Sandwich w/ Grilled Pineapple that has most of the same ingredients. But I'm def. going to try this with a tortilla as the serving vessel. thanks.

David @ Cooking Chat said...

This looks great! I've found grilling the pineapple is a great extra step for flavor in recipes I've done that with. I'd be inclined to try that option here, though I suspect either way would be good!

Chanda said...

Made your recipe for jerk shrimp tacos last night...substituted chicken but followed everything else. AMAZING! Just wondering...with this recipe what brand of BBQ sauce did you use? I don't like most store bought sauces...thanks

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