Wednesday 22 June 2016

Cheesy Chicken Paratha Quesadillas.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

One of my new favourite recipes!
Seriously guys, I'm craving them right now. But maybe that's because I'm fasting as I type this.
How's your fasting going? Alhamdulillah, mine is going well. We seem to have really gotten into a Ramadan routine round here with even our bodies only expecting food now at around 9:45pm! Also, I hope you're following me on snapchat (muslimgirlbakes). I share anything and everything over there including lots of recipe video tutorials.
We are just over halfway through Ramadan so I think now is the time for all of us to evaluate. To look at what we've done so far and what we want to do more of. For me, my Quran recitation was going well but I wanted to add some commentary and translation to the usual recitation. I've taken to going through this Quran commentary book whenever I can. It really helps bring the Quran to life so I highly recommend you do the same.
We made these quesadillas on the first day of Ramadan and were basically obsessed with them. There were arguments over who got to eat the last one - the Mother won! <-- obviously. The recipe is so easy. We make a chicken filling with chicken, spices, corn, fresh herbs and lots of cheese. Defrosted frozen parathas are filled with the chicken to make quesadillas which are then cooked until golden and crispy. So good!

Quesadillas, previously: chicken quesadillas with fresh tomato salsa

A Simple List of Ingredients:
1. Chicken Breast
2. Butter
3. Onion
4. Garlic Paste
5. Ginger Paste
6. Salt
7. Ground Coriander
8. Ground Cumin
9. Garam Masala
10. Green Chillies
11. Sweetcorn
12. Fresh Coriander
13. Spring Onions
14. Cheddar
15. Mozzarella
16. Frozen Parathas

Bismillah, let's begin!

First up, we are going to want to cook our chicken breast. I boiled mine by bringing a pan of salted water to the boil.

In went 1 large Chicken Breast.

I cooked the chicken with the lid partly covered for about 20 minutes.

Make sure that the chicken is turned over halfway.

Then, remove on to a plate.

Once it is cool enough to handle, shred or slice up!

Meanwhile, take a large saucepan. I used the same one because have we met? I cannot stand extra washing up!

Add in 1 tablespoon Butter.

Once it has melted ...

.... add in 1 Onion, peeled and diced.

Stir in and toss in the butter.

Let the onion soften.

Once the onion has softened, add in 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Paste.

1/2 teaspoon Ginger Paste

Along with the ginger and garlic, let's add in the spices.

We'll need:
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala

Once the spices are in ..

... add in 2 Green Chillies, diced.

Stir everything and cook until fragrant.

Next, sweetcorn! You can add any other cooked vegetables at this point too!

Throw in about 1/2 tin Sweetcorn.

Along with the shredded chicken from earlier.

Stir together.

Then, cover and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes.

Then, turn the heat off.

And, cool completely!

Before adding in:
Handful Fresh Coriander, chopped
3 Spring Onions, sliced
A handful of Grated Cheddar
A handful of Grated Mozzarella

Stir together and the filling is ready!

To make the quesadillas, take 12 Frozen Parathas that have been defrosted. 
For one quesadilla, take 2 parathas. Keep the parathas on their plastic sheets to stop them sticking everywhere.

On to one paratha ...

... place a few tablespoons of the filling.

Place the second paratha on top.

And, use a fork to crimp and seal the edges.

One quesadilla is done!

You can also make pasties. Take 1 paratha.

Place on a few tablespoons of the filling.

Fold over.

Using a fork, crimp and seal the edges.

A pastie is done! Continue making all the rest of the quesadillas / pasties. Keep them on their plastic to stop them sticking everywhere. You can also freeze them at this point and cook later.

To cook, heat a frying pan or tawa over a medium heat. Drizzle on a little Vegetable Oil.

Place on the quesadilla.

Cook on both sides until crispy and golden. Drain on paper towels and continue cooking the rest.

 To serve, slice each quesadilla into quarters.

Serve immediately with your favourite sauce to dip! Enjoy!

Full Written Recipe:

Cheesy Chicken Paratha Quesadillas.

Prep Time: About 10 minutes + 20 minutes to cool
Cook Time: About 30 minutes.
Serves: Makes 6 quesadillas – each slices into 4


For the Cheesy Chicken Filling
1 large Chicken Breast, cooked and shredded
1 tablespoon Butter
1 Onion, peeled and diced
½ teaspoon Garlic Paste
½ teaspoon Ginger Paste
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
½ teaspoon Garam Masala
2 Green Chillies, diced
½ tin Sweetcorn
Handful Fresh Coriander, chopped
3 Spring Onions, sliced
Grated Cheddar, a handful
Grated Mozzarella, a handful

For the Paratha Quesadillas
12 Frozen Parathas, defrosted
Vegetable Oil, to cook


To cook the chicken, boil in just enough salted water to cover it – about 20 minutes. Drain, cool and shred the meat.

To make the chicken filling, melt the butter in a pan. Add in the diced onion and cook until soft. Then, add in the garlic paste, ginger paste, salt, ground coriander, ground cumin, garam masala and green chillies. Stir and cook until fragrant.
Then, add in the sweetcorn and cooked chicken. Stir and cover on a low heat for 10 minutes.
Next, uncover the chicken and remove from the heat. Cool completely.
Once the chicken is cool, stir in the fresh coriander, spring onions, Cheddar and Mozzarella.

To make the paratha quesadillas, take two defrosted parathas. Place a few tablespoons of the chicken filling onto one paratha. Put the other paratha on top and seal the edges using a fork. Continue making the rest – keep them on the plastic sheets to avoid sticking.

To cook, heat a frying pan or tawa on a medium heat and drizzle on a little vegetable oil. Cook the quesadilla until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Drain on paper towels and continue cooking the rest.

To serve, slice the quesadilla into quarters and serve immediately with your favourite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

{Adapted from A Sprinkle of Spice}

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Keep me in your duas please, and enjoy your quesadillas!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

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