Sunday, September 7

Would a Chicken, Jalapeno, and Cheddar Quesadilla (and a cold beer) Make Tom Brady Feel Better?

chicken quesadillas

I have had better weeks.

First, on Tuesday, I chipped a tooth. Then on Thursday, our car died and needed to be resuscitated. But it was still OK until today, when Tom Brady of the New England Patriots went down in the first quarter of the first game of the season with a gimp left leg.


In case you didn't know, I like football, but I love football when Tom Brady is playing. Tom was assisted off the field and never returned. I, like millions of other Patriots fans, have fallen into despair.

Fortunately I was able to distract myself by eating a Chicken, Jalapeno, and Cheddar Quesadilla with Chipotle BBQ Sauce for dipping (being a Foodie does have its perks). These are easy to make, fun to eat, and filling. I made and photographed them during half time and still had time to eat them without missing a single touchdown (something for which I am notorious).

enjoying chicken quesadillas with tom brady

So, please, Tom, for me, and for your millions and millions of fans out there, get well soon! And let me know what your favorite pre-game football food is so I can make if for you when you come here to San Diego in 34 days, 21 hours, and 35 minutes. I'm a really good cook.

Oh, my email is Foodblogga {at} Thanks.

Chicken, Jalapeno, and Cheddar Quesadillas with Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Makes 4 quesadillas
Print recipe only here.

4 teaspoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 small jalapeno, thinly sliced (the more seeds, the hotter the flavor)
salt, to taste

1 pound of chicken cutlets, cut into strips
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 1/4 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
8 (6-7-inch) flour tortillas

1 cup ketchup, preferably Heinz
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3-4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1-2 tablespoons of adobo sauce**

To make the bbq sauce, whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl, and set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, warm 4 teaspoons olive oil. Add onions, sprinkle evenly with sugar, and toss until well coated. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then reduce heat to low, and continue cooking until onions are fully caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Add jalapeno slices and some salt, stir well, and remove from heat.

Meanwhile, season chicken strips with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add chicken and saute 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Set aside.

Place 1 tortilla on a clean cutting board. Sprinkle with a little shredded cheese, top with 1/4 of the chicken, 1/4 of the onion mixture, 1/4 of the cilantro, then add a little more cheese. Top with another tortilla, and press lightly with your hand. Continue with remaining tortillas and filling until you complete 4 quesadillas.

Heat a large, nonstick, dry skillet over medium heat. Add 1 quesadilla. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in a warm oven (200-300 degrees F) until ready to serve. (Or eat 'em as you make 'em.) Repeat with remaining 3 quesadillas.

Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. Serve with bbq sauce for dipping. Oh, and don't forget the cold beer.

You might also like these other football friendly foods:

Fish Tacos

Grilled Steak Tacos with Watermelon-Mango-Jicama Salsa

New England Clam Chowder

Potato, Rosemary, and Gorgonzola Pizza

Fennel Sausage and Rapini Pizza

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Coffee and Vanilla said...

I'm not a football fan but your quesadillas sounds delicious, especially the jalapeno addition :)

Enjoy your week, Margot

Debbie said...

Your quesadilla looks wonderful. I've never made any but want to try one of these days....

Anonymous said...

If Tom is smart, he'll promptly send you an email!

The quesadillas look perfect but the sauce ... well, it sounds good enough to drink!

Deeba PAB said...

Didn't know you were a football fan...I am too; a soccer one! Those quesadillas look lip-smacking good. I'm craving some right now & it's 6 in the morning Susan. YUM!!

Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan) said...

I hope you feel better soon! I'm sad to say, but when it come to the East Coast, I'm an Eli fan. That said, may *your* man feel better as it will make for a more exciting season!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Sorry about your tooth and your car Susan! But if Tom Brady dosen't feel better eating this, I know I would! You're are too funny!!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

We were watching the game, too -- not a happy moment. I'm sure these quesadillas would make him feel better!

Manggy said...

I'd probably get a whipping for this but I think I'd rather have my quesadilla the way you do here-- with a chipotle sauce-- than the usual salsa! Yum!!

Sorry 'bout your tooth, ouch. I think it was best to let Brady rest-- my mind keeps going to that episode of The Simpsons where the player's leg rips right off O_o

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Sorry to hear about Tom Brady. That is rough. These quesadillas are the perfect football food. I just blogged about quesadillas, too!

Anonymous said...

Totally despise Brady... Completely love your quesadillas...

We can arm wrestle over last years AFC Championships :)


Scribbit said...

Well I hadn't heard about the tooth--hope they were able to put you back together properly.

PG CakeCraft said...

Hi Susan,just discovered your wonderful blog. I love your quesadillas eventhough i'm not into football. Sorry, soccer is more popular in this part of the world. David Beckam, Ronaldo and others are well known sports stars here.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A scrumptious dish! I love anything Tex mex or that is made with Tortillas!



Ivy said...

Ney, neither foobball nor soccer. I only watch basketball but those quesadillas really make me hungry and it's only 9 a.m.

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

The quesadilla would definitely make ME feel better - do I have precedence since we've actually met? :)

Kara said...

Hysterical - a great Monday morning laugh! Not in the Tom Brady fan camp but he'd be silly not to contact you right away!! (by the way, made your pizza dough, which is my go-to, for Monday night football tonight; it's our favorite!)

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I can't comment on Tom Brady (I'm a NY-er, 'nuff said), but I'd eat your quesedillas any day. I'm a chipotle fiend.

(Is it just me being pervy, or is there something a little weird about saying, "eat your quesadillas?")

Anonymous said...

OH YUMM! These would certainly make me feel better. I'm not a Patriot fan (from Texas), but I am a Tom fan & I hope he's OK. These quesadillas look perfect for watching a couple of games on Sunday! I love it that there is no goat cheese so I don't have to feel guilty about making them (although the goat cheese really is great!).

Big hugs from San Jose to you! Sorry about being absent recently....

xoxox Amy

Unknown said...

why yes, this would make me feel better... even as a giants fan, i would rather not see injuries like this!

David Hall said...

Another toppa recipe there Susan. It sounds like you are having a week just like mine! Read my story, disaster.

I'm now starving. Will be making this for the family very soon.


Patricia Scarpin said...

With this delicious quesadilla AND Gisele, he's good to go, Susan. ;)

I chipped a tooth last week, too. An hour in the dentist's chair I don't want to remember. :S

Darius T. Williams said...

sooo - I'm not sure about Tom Brady - but it'd make me happy!


Culinary Wannabe said...

Everything really does always happen in 3's, doesn't it? These look delicious and like the perfect football watchin snack. We are all saying a little prayer for Tom and will keep our fingers crossed that he's back on the field asap!

cindy said...

sorry about your car and tooth! those quesadillas should make anyone feel better! (sorry, but NOT a sport fan., is bellydance a sport?) ;]

Katie Zeller said...

I can relate to the bad week part... My computer was home, after a 4-day hospital stay, for only 10 minutes, before mon mari's crashed and burned and we were back to the hospital with a different computer...
2 old computers..... Not good!
Sorry about the football debacle though... I could come and help eat the quesadilla's... Really, I wouldn't mind....

Susan from Food Blogga said...

margot- They're good even without football.

debbia-They're so easy!


deeba-I'm not too familiar with soccer, but it's kind of fun.

lisa-Thanks! Unfortunately, I just read on ESPN that he will be out for the season. Things are lookin' up for Eli.

marie- Thanks!

lydia-It was terrible, wasn't it?

mark-Chipotle sauce has such a kick to it.

lisa-I'll come check out yours soon!

marc-Be forewarned: I'm on a muscle building phase. :)

michelle-Yeah, the tooth is gonna fixed soon.

sweetbites-I know Beckam but not Ronaldo. Sorry. Glad you like the quesadillas though.

rosa-Me too!

ivy-I like basketball too.

sara-Sure. :)

kara-I'm so glad you like the dough. I just think it's fool-proof.

tsdc-Jets or Giants though?

amy-I think there are a lot of women like you out there. :) No worries.

ttfn-I know what you mean.

david-Will do.

patricia-I'm so sorry to hear it. I avoid the dentist's office at all costs.


cwannanabe-Yay! Glad to hear it.

cinderelly-I don't think so. :)

katie-I wouldn't mind you helping me out with them either. Sorry about the computers. That's a real bummer.

Heather said...

ohh this looks good! i'm sure tom brady will call - how could he resist a homemade quesadilla from foodblogga?!?!

Anonymous said...

I, too, a displaced New Englander agree that this is terrible news. On the upside, if he isn't playing he may have more time to spend with you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Susan! I am a football fan, too; however, although I live in New England, I am from New York....which means I am a die hard Giants fan!
I never wish anyone injury, though. That does suck.
I also got caught in post game traffic on my way to Boston last night to see Ryan Adams at the B of A Pavillion! I was surrounded by some pretty depressed face painted men with huge coolers in their cars!

Nemmie said...

Looks awesome, as always!

And on behalf of all the people in my (Kansas City) area: we deeply apologize for the injury. It was so sad to know that the Chiefs were the ones on the field yesterday (I listened on the radio, and cringed when it happened...).

Christine said...

You are too funny, Susan. How could Tom resist an invitation like that? Fabulous quesadillas, by the way - I'm going to have to make them, and that sauce!
I'm so sorry about your chipped tooth.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

If I were Tom I would show up for this delicious meal or anything else you cooked Susan:D

Lisa Johnson said...

The quesadillas look really good, but unfortunately even those can't help Tom at this point. I cannot even believe that he's out the whole season!

And sorry about your chipped tooth. Bad news seems to be spreading. My car acted up last night and I won't have it until Thursday. : (

J said...

Aww Susan, hope you and Tom are doing much better after those lovely quesadillas!

Unknown said...

Quesadilla is a favorite... and your version looks so delicious... :)

Anonymous said...

he really might like all the chipotle in this! great recipe for a end of summer sunday!

ChichaJo said...

I know even less about American football than I do about soccer (my husband's passion) but he is a cutie! :) And your quesadillas look fantastic! I love chipotle i wish I could find real chipotle peppers in adobo sauce here!

Anonymous said...

As soon as I heard the news about Tom Brady's injury I thought about you. I now associate Tom Brady with you because I've read about him here more than anywhere else. I don't read the sports page or pay attention to sports news so all of my Tom Brady news comes from your blog. If it wasn't for you, I'd have no idea who he is.

Anonymous said...

I don't share your love for football (or Tom ;) but I wouldn't mind sharing some of those delicious quesadillas!

Anonymous said...

Dear Susan, I can't even begin to tell you how much I'd want these wonderful quesadillas on my plate right now! They look so delicious!
Hope Tom feels better and returns playing soon.

Susan said...

Sorry to hear about your tooth. Hope it's all fixed up now. Given Brady's prognosis, you will probably be chomping on these tasty quesadillas for another year!

Alexa said...

I am a soccer girl (not mom... my kids are not into it) myself. Your quesadilla looks delicious and so satisfying.

Nic said...

Hope the week has improved a bit for you. The quesadillas look delish and I like the spiced up sauce.
Unfortunately I don't know of Tom Brady, but from your photo he does look hot!

Anonymous said...

chipping a tooth sounds awfully painful! but i'm sure these babies sorted you out. looks great ;)

Jeanne said...

You chipped a tooth?? Poor thing! How ghastly.

Not a huge fan of football - in fact the only game I've ever watched right through was a Green Bay Packers game, watched when I was at the Oshkosh EAA airshow in 1997!! But even though I'm not a football fan, I'l happily join you in front of the TV if you're serving these quesadillas :)

Anonymous said...

Did he respond? haha.
What about me? If i come, will you cook for me? :-)

Anonymous said...

And this is how clueless I am about sports . . . I thought the title referred to the dad on the Brady Bunch.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I'm sorry to hear about the tooth & car. But you did well on the meal.

Jaime said...

those quesadillas look great. hope your week is better now :)

Christie Stump said...

It took me no time at all to try out this recipe! We loved it! It was a perfect ready-in-a-halftime meal!