Mar 19
2012

Asian Quesadilla with Chicken, Zucchini & Hoisin Sauce Recipe

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It was a rather eventful weekend, particularly if you are a 7-year old boy (let’s call him T) with leprechauns on the brain. In my last post, I mentioned that while my husband and I were busy snacking on these Asian quesadillas with hoisin sauce, chicken and zucchini, T was busy fashioning a leprechaun trap out of a cardboard box, complete with a door propped open with a toothpick.

According to T, leprechauns are not very good rule-followers. In fact, they go out of their way to break the rules (as evidenced by our leprechaun visitor…more on that later). So, T used a little reverse psychology to fool any Irish green-clad little men that might happen upon his trap. Things such as “Do not enter” and “No gold here” were etched with Crayola marker around the perimeter of the box.

Of course, if you really want to attract a creature who is obsessed with rainbows and pots of gold, cold hard cash should be involved. T carefully laid a trail of pennies, starting from the top of the stairs, across the landing and into his room, right up to the door of the trap. Each day when he came home from school, T checked his trap, clearly disappointed when everything remained intact. As a show of brotherly support, my older son (M) made his own version of a leprechaun trap and tucked it away in the family room.

By Saturday evening, things reached a fever pitch of anxiety. St. Patrick’s Day was almost over and, still, no sign of Irishmen of any kind. T went upstairs to take a bath while M and my husband took our dog for a walk. I went upstairs to keep T company and I swear on the Blarney Stone (okay, I don’t have even a pinch of Irish in me) that I stayed up upstairs the entire time.

When T and I trundled downstairs after his bath, we were met with a shocking sight! Chairs tipped over, shoes scattered all over the living room, T’s stuffed tiger hanging upside-down from the bannister and both traps knocked over. Obviously the work of a cheeky leprechaun bent on wreaking havoc! Apparently we scared it off when we came downstairs because the boys’ piles of pennies were scattered but not stolen and the bottles of Guinness were still in the fridge. Next year we’ll set more traps and, with a little luck, we’ll catch one of those little buggers.

Let’s move on to the recipe. All I will tell you is this: make it. Now, this week, next week…just soon. It must not be missed.

The recipe:
In a medium bowl, toss chicken strips with 5-spice powder, salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray.

Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

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Wipe the pan clean, coat with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add the zucchini and red bell pepper, and cook until just tender.

Spread 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce on each tortilla. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Lay one tortilla (with hoisin sauce) in the skillet, and cover half of the tortilla with a quarter of the chicken, zucchini, bell peppers and 1 tablespoon of mozzarella.

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Fold the tortilla over the filling and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

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Remove from pan and cut into 3 pieces. Repeat with remaining tortillas and fillings. Serve.

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Other quesadilla recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shrimp, Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Quesadilla
Closet Cooking’s Tandoori Chicken Quesadillas
The Other Side of 50’s Chicken, Spinach & Cannellini Bean Quesadillas
A Couple Cooks’ Greek Quesadillas

Asian Quesadilla with Chicken, Zucchini & Hoisin Sauce

Yield: Serves 4

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 3/4 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into half-circles
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 4 whole wheat flour torillas
  • 8 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 tbsp grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, toss chicken strips with 5-spice powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray.
  3. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  4. Wipe the pan clean, coat with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add zucchini and red bell pepper, and cook until just tender.
  5. Spread 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce on each tortilla.
  6. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Lay one tortilla (with hoisin sauce) in the skillet, and cover half of the tortilla with a quarter of the chicken, zucchini, bell peppers and 1 tablespoon of mozzarella.
  7. Fold the tortilla over the filling and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan and cut into 3 pieces.
  8. Repeat with remaining tortillas and fillings. Serve.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa March 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

Oh, boy, sounds like he got excited about catching one! Love this twist on the quesadilla!

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2 Blog is the New Black March 19, 2012 at 5:49 am

I adore this idea/recipe!

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3 Priyanka March 19, 2012 at 6:13 am

Great recipe and stunning pics

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4 Aggie March 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

You’re right. I must make this. asap. Looks so delicious!

How cute is T with his trap setting! Love this! How fun :)

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5 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen March 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

Quesadillas are on the menu a lot at our house and I know we will be trying your version soon. YUM!
Loved the story of T & the trap, too cute!

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6 Bev Weidner March 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

ABSOLUTELY love this. My life craves it!

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7 Deborah March 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

That is too fun! I would have loved to see his face!! And I would love to be the one snacking on one of these quesadillas – these are right up my alley!

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8 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

I’m ALWAYS looking for new and creative quesadillas, these look delish!

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9 Lydia March 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hoisin sauce makes these irresistible! I can’t imagine a leprechaun who wouldn’t love them.

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10 Meg March 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

Looks amazing! Thank you for another great recipe to use when our zucchini crop explodes :) Fantastic Pics!!!

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11 Brian @ A Thought For Food March 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

I so rarely think to make quesadilla, but it’s such a wonderful way to feature other ingredients (veggies, meat, or seafood). This looks so lovely!

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12 Noble Pig ~ Cathy March 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Love, love, love this….what a nice healthy meal! I love hoisin too…could just lick it off my plate. Love the leprechaun stories my boys now 10 & 11 are too big…but every St Pat’s morning I had the furniture flipped, toilet water green and Lucky Charms spread everywhere the good ole’ days.

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13 Ally March 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Loving how jam-packed full of flavors these are!
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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14 Heidi March 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Those leprechauns are crafty little monsters, they made a mess of Smudge’s room too and then to her delight they also jacked up my last blog post! Seriously! Your quesadillas look delish, the colors are so inviting!

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15 Carolyn March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My family LOVES quesadilla! I wonder if I can sneak some veggies in like this and still have them eat it?

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16 bridget {bake at 350} March 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

A. that story is so cute!
B. I am totally making these! They sound perfect!

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17 Maria March 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Such a great lunch idea!

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18 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend March 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

What a great recipe got to try this one I am sure if you and hubby both loved them they got to be awesome!

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19 Jeanette March 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Dara – I love the sound of this! I think my kids would enjoy this too.

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20 KalynsKitchen March 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Yum, sounds like a very tasty quesadilla variation!

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21 Julia {The Roasted Root} March 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I just adore your ideas. Hoisin sauce is wonderful and I would love to make it homemade – let me know if you try this at any point, because I’d gladly follow ;) Nutritious as always, your quesadilla looks like a perfect meal. :)

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22 Traci March 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I bookmarked this recipe. It looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try it!!

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23 Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf March 20, 2012 at 5:01 am

That was one feisty and wiley leprechaun! Too cute!! These quesadillas look great, and healthy. Trying them this weekend – thanks!

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24 Maureen March 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

You’ve gotta love a kid with imagination and perseverence :)

I want one of these quesadillas!

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25 Chris @ The Keenan cookbook March 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

Love the leprechaun catching story, too cute!
I’m saving this one to make soon. We love making your Braised Country Style Pork Ribs in Ginger Ale & Hoisin Sauce – I’m 100% certain we will love making this.

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26 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

What a beautiful and flavorful meal! :)

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27 Russell at Chasing Delicious March 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

How in the 25 years of my life have I not thought to try spicing up the quesadilla?! I blame living in Texas. Yum!

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28 Megan {Country Cleaver} March 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

Ooo how zesty and full of color! These looks scrumptious, Dara! Scrumptious!

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29 carolinaheartstrings March 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

How yummy those look. My husband would love them. Come visit us. We are having a great giveaway. 3 charm bracelets from Cutey. One of them could be yours. They are terrific.

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30 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) March 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

what an awesome quesadilla! definitely bookmarking this!

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31 Javelin Warrior March 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

So these are the quesadillas I’ve been missing out on my whole life ;) The colors are amazing and I love the flavors you used in this recipe… I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

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32 Mary March 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Your photos are gorgeous!!!!

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33 myfudo March 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

I love the Asian flavors in this Mexican fave…Gotta try this weekend!

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34 Briana April 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

This sounds delicious, I can’t wait to get some Hoisin sauce and make it! I think you mean 1/4 cup cheese in your recipe, not 1/4 tbsp though… :)

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35 JenE April 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Dinner tonight. Yummy – and I love adding a new dimension to my cooking (new spices and flavors) without a bunch of fat and calories. Thanks!
xo
Mama Jen

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36 lint April 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

What a delicious collection of recipes. Every single one looks bette than the last.

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