Quesadillas are so popular and we have them a lot, so I love trying out new marinades for them. This one is definitely my favourite.
The smokiness of the paprika is a marriage made in heaven with the honey. The perfect blend of smokey and sweet. It works so well with both chicken or prawn. I like to add as many dips as possible with a big squeeze of lime. Great weekend food to enjoy around the table with your friends and family.
2 chicken breasts or 300g raw king prawns
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic – minced
1 teaspoon honey
Squeeze of fresh orange
2 glugs of olive oil
1 red, green or yellow pepper – cut into strips
1 medium onion – cut into strips
Fresh lime to squeeze over
2 wraps each
Cup of grated mature cheddar
Guacamole, sour cream or salsa for dipping
Measure all your spices out and add to a large mixing bowl. Spoon out half a teaspoon of the mix for your peppers and onions later and set aside.
Stir to combine all the spices together. Cut your chicken into strips and add to the bowl of spices along with a glug of olive oil. Mix thoroughly so all of your chicken is coated in the spices. Alternatively if you are using prawns do the same with those.
Now add your minced garlic ( 2 cloves), honey and a squeeze of orange juice. This last bit of the marinade will give it a sweet kick. If you can do this overnight then all the better but to be honest I sometimes add my marinade at the time of cooking and it’s still full of flavour and delicious.
Add a glug of olive oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and add your onion and peppers. Cook them down with a clove of minced garlic and a sprinkle of the spice mix that you saved earlier. Once they start to soften set aside on a plate.
Now add another glug of oil to your pan and pan fry your chicken strips. When they are almost cooked add your peppers and onions back in.
Set your wraps out on the work surface and fill with the delicious chicken or prawn mix. Sprinkle over your cheese, fold the wrap and heat in the pan for approximately 1 minute so the outside of the wrap is slightly toasty and warm. If you have a griddle pan all the better.
Remove, slice in half and enjoy with all the dips and your friends and family.
TIP: Lovely served with couscous or rice and a fresh salad.