Desi Chicken Quesadillas

A Pakistani twist to a Mexican favourite, these desi chicken quesadillas are made with shredded chicken, sliced vegetables, lots of spices in a flour tortilla. 

Course Dinner, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 2486 kcal


For Tortillas:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour maida
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Luke warm water to knead

For Chicken:

  • ½ kg boneless chicken cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste

For Filling:

  • 2 medium onion sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes sliced
  • 1 medium capsicum sliced
  • 3 cups tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • ½ tablespoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoon butter melted
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • 8 - 10 tortillas


For tortillas:

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and oil together. Knead while adding luke-warm water. Leave to rest for at least 10 minutes. 

  2. Pinch off 1-inch diameter balls from your dough. Knead each of these into a tight ball by folding them over with your fingers, turning and repeating until it is shaped like a fat disk. On a lightly floured surface take one of the dough balls and begin to roll it out. 

  3. Heat a frying pan or a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Place the raw tortilla on the preheated pan and allow it to cook until it begins to puff up with air pockets turning turn the tortilla over with a spatula. Each side should cook for about 30 seconds – 1 minute, leaving the tortilla puffy. Cover with a foil or keep in a hotpot.

For Filling (Chicken & Vegetables):

  1. Marinate chicken with lemon, salt and black pepper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. 

  2. In a pan, heat oil and saute minced garlic & ginger. When the garlic starts to brown, add marinated chicken and cook on high flame while stirring. Make sure the chicken doesn't get burned. Keep cooking till chicken is tender and the water has dried.

  3. When all water dries and chicken starts browning, add onions, capsicum and tomatoes and cook on high flame for another 30 seconds while stirring continuously. 

  4. Turn the heat to low and add ketchup, chili garlic sauce, hot sauce, worchestshire sauce, red chili flakes, black pepper and salt. Mix well until everything in the pan is well coated with ketchup. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Switch off stove.

To Assemble:

  1. Spread cream cheese on the tortillas and spread chicken filling on half of the tortilla. Top with grated cheese, if using. 

  2. Fold the other half on top (it should look like a semi-circle). Heat an empty frying pan, lightly brush the top of folded tortilla with some oil or butter and place in the frying pan, butter side down.

  3. While the quesadilla is toasting from one side, brush the other side too and flip. Once both sides are done, dish out, cut in 3 equal parts and serve immediately.