Saturday, February 24, 2018

Copycat Twin Peaks Blackened Chicken Quesadilla

Have you ever watched the show Twin Peaks? Well I’m pretty sure this restaurant isn’t named after the show.  It’s more like Hooters in a northwest hunting lodge with maybe 200+ TVs.

I’ve went to one recently and my lunch date said this blackened chicken quesadilla was the best quesadilla he’s ever tasted. I’ve got to try one. What better way then making one for my self. You’ll need a baking sheet and a cast iron skillet to make this recipe. Serves 1


2 flour tortilla

Nonstick cooking spray
1 chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces and blackened
Spices for blackened chicken:
   1/4 teaspoon paprika
   1/8 teaspoon cayenne
   1/8 teaspoon cumin
   1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
   Dash of garlic powder, salt and pepper
Pepper Jack and cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
Corn, roasted
Spices for roasted corn:
   Dash of chili pepper, salt and pepper
Black beans
Green chilies, mild


Fire Roasted Salsa

Pico de gallo
Sour cream
Lettuce, chopped


First we have to have blackened chicken. Preheat the oven 350F/175C. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes or until it’s smoking hot. Mix together the spices. Spray a nonstick cooking spray evenly over the entire chicken breast, then coat the chicken with the spice mixture. Place the chicken in the hot skillet and cook both sides for a minute each to sear in the spices. Place the breast on the greased baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until it’s no longer pink inside.  After it’s cool enough to touch cut into bite size pieces. Set aside.

In the same skillet on med/high heat add a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Once heated pour in your frozen or canned corn and cook 10-12 minutes or until the corn starts turning brown, stir continuously. Add your spices and mix. Remove from skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet (spray with the nonstick cooking spray, if needed) cook your tortillas on both sides. Then remove. Add one tortilla back in skillet the add your chicken, corn, black beans, green chilies and cheeses. Place the other tortilla on top. Cook 2 minutes then carefully turn it over to cook the remaining 2 minutes. Serve with the fire roasted salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream and some chopped up lettuce.

Fire roasted salsa you can make your own by broiling your peppers and tomatoes until they start to blacken, or you can buy some here.


Need a cast iron skillet?

Do you like these Blackened Chicken Quesadillas? (From the show Twin Peaks)


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