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Chicken quesadillas triangles on white plate, wooden table

Red Chilli Jam +Chicken Quesadillas

  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cups


For the red chile jam:

  • 7 oz (200g) red chiles or chillies
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped peeled apple
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbs salt

For the tequila chicken quesadillas:

  • 8 big flour tortillas
  • 4 chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • ½ cup of tequila
  • 4 Tbs red chile jam
  • 4 Tbs olive oil + 2 Tbs for cooking
  • 2 Tbs chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream (to serve)
  • 4 Tbs Red chili jam (to serve)
  • Chopped cilantro (to serve)
  • Lime wedges (to serve)


For the red chile jam:

  1. In a big non-reactive pot, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Cook over high heat until it boils, then reduce to low and cook for 1 hour to 1 ¼ hours. It will be runny.
  3. Have ready sterilized canning jars. I used two of the ones you see in the picture.
  4. Pour hot jam, close lid tight and let cool to room temperature. Store.

For the tequila chicken quesadillas:

  1. In a glass bowl, marinate chicken, lime juice, tequila, jam, olive oil and cilantro, for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven grill.
  3. In a skillet, heat remaining 2 Tbs olive oil. Add chicken, without the marinade, and cook for a minute or two. When it's beginning to brown, add marinade and cook until evaporated. Don't cook them much, as they still need some time in the oven. Remove from heat.
  4. Have ready four tortillas on a flat surface. Put half of each cheese on the tortillas, dividing evenly. That is 1/8 cup per tortilla. Divide chicken evenly over them.
  5. Top with remaining cheese, dividing evenly again. Top with remaining four tortillas.
  6. Depending on your baking trays, grill 1 or 2 tortillas at a time, until they crisp and become golden, careful not to burn them. Turn them over and do the same.
  7. Repeat with remaining quesadillas, keeping the other in the bottom of the oven so they are warm.
  8. In a bowl mix sour cream with red chili jam and cilantro. Cut each quesadilla in 6 and serve with the sour cream and lime wedges.


The amount of sugar seems a lot but it's not. Don't overcook this, as it will be too thick later when it cools. It is very runny when you can it. If you overcook it by any reason, just add some hot water whenever you use it, to loosen it up.

The size of the vegetables will stay pretty much the same, except for the apple. So if you don't want chunky pieces, process everything a bit with an immersion blender, directly in the pot. It's complicated to do it in the processor since it's so hot and has too much sugar. Alternatively, chop the ingredients finely before adding them.

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 75
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: International

Keywords: chilli jam