While I was enjoying my chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce my mind wandered to the fusion Korean/Mexican that I had been experimenting with recently and I wondered how a Thai/Mexican fusion would work. I had a bit of leftover satay along with some peanut dipping sauce and the first thing that popped into my head was quesadillas. I figured that the chicken satay and peanut sauce along with some cheese would form the base of the quesadilla but I wanted to fill it out a bit more and add some heat. Since one of the things that I like about Thai cuisine is all of the fresh ingredients I went in that direction and added some sauteed onions and red pepper along with some green onions and of course some cilantro. Adding the heat was the easy part with the addition of a chopped birds eye chili. I even had enough peanut sauce leftover to use for dipping. The chicken satay quesadillas with spicy peanut sauce turned out amazingly well! You really can’t go wrong with tasty chicken and sauteed onions and peppers in a quesadilla but I was particularly surprised by how well the flavourful peanut sauce and cheese combo worked in these quesadillas! I was more than satisfied by this experiment with Thai/Mexican fusion and I am now looking forward to more!
Chicken Satay Quesadillas with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon oil
- 1/2 small onion (sliced)
- 1/4 red pepper (sliced)
- 1/4 cup chicken satay (shredded)
- 2 tablespoons peanut sauce
- 1 birds eye chili (sliced)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)
- 2 tortillas
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1/4 cup monterey jack cheese (grated)
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the red pepper and saute until tender, about 5 minutes, and remove from heat.
- Mix the onion, pepper, chicken, peanut sauce, birds eye chili, and cilantro in a bowl.
- Melt a touch of butter in a pan.
- Place a tortilla into the pan, swirl it around in the butter and repeat with the second tortilla.
- Sprinkle some cheese on the tortilla followed by the filling and top with more cheese and finally the other tortilla.
- Cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted.
That is an awesome idea. I might just have to make some satay just so I can do that.
OMG This is the best idea EVER! I simply must try this!
Rambling Tart says
Gorgeously delish! Mmm, a fantastic invention that I simply must try. 🙂
Chef Fresco says
We love peanut sauce. Great dipping sauce for quesadillas!
Nina Timm says
I am always amazed at how you can stretch one meal to become two equally delicious meals!!!
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Great use of leftovers! Almost anything tastes good in a quesadilla, doesn't it?
Those sound really good! One of my favorites. I tried your apple/rhubarb crisp recipe Monday and it was delicious.
another grand looking quesadillas -the asian flavors are brilliant. nice fusion work!
Una fusión de sabores deliciosa, me encantó tu propuesta, se ve muy muy buena.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Thailand meets Mexico… I love that gorgeous idea!
You're killing me here! All this peanut butter…I'm spiraling into a total craving. This is dangerous. And genius.
MªJose-Dit i Fet says
Esto tiene que estar muy bueno!! la foto es preciosa…
These are two of our favorite flavors, all in one dish! Can't wait to try this out, I'm loving your recipes….
you are king of the leftovers – great idea
Bellini Valli says
I really like chicken satay and was planning on making quesadillas. It sounds like a nice change to the typical southwest flavors I make.
Reminds me a lot of the Thai Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen – yum!
Amy (Sing For Your Supper) says
What a great idea! These seriously look amazing – must try!!
Joie de vivre says
I aspire to take pictures as beautifully as you do.
Kevin, You are a genius in the kitchen!! You are very creative. Thanks for sharing.
Kevin, You are a genius in the kitchen!!! Very creative. Thanks for sharing.
We Are Not Martha says
Oooh how I love BOTH quesaillas AND peanut sauce. Combined? AMAZING!
Yes, this is just all kinds of spectacularly awesome, Kevin. Hell, I could probably eat that spicy peanut dipping sauce with a spoon.
YUM! You seriously have me drooling over here!
WOW that meal looks incredible! Thanks for the recipe.
I love how creative you are Kevin!! This sounds so amazing!
Wow these are seriously awesome. You should really write a cookbook or design menus for restaurants or something!
ThaiAm mama says
We live in Thailand. I am really inspired by how you fuse different foods. BTW, Thai people really like my tex-mex food. Esp fajitas. Now I will try this one. I am really enjoying exploring your blog.
I made it yesterday, it was an absolute keeper! The chicken was tender and juicy with a nice hint of spicy hot. I cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into strips instead of using tenders.