Well folks, it’s October. That makes it perfectly acceptable for me to go hog wild on all thing fall, apple, pumpkin, and baking. I thought I would start this October off with a savory pumpkin meal rather than something sweet and baked. For me this is rather shocking, but after getting inspired by a recipe in my Rachael Ray magazine I just couldn’t resist.
I was pleasantly surprised by the smokey flavor that the cumin added and the salty tang that the goat cheese gave the spread. I added grilled chicken to the quesadilla to give it some protein and make it a more complete meal. I love how this quesadilla didn’t have the usual greasy cheese in it that they usually do. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of cheese. However, sometimes I just like eating something with my hands that doesn’t leave them feeling extra moisturized.
This Chicken Quesadilla with Pumpkin Goat Cheese Spread makes a great dinner along with a simple salad. It would also be a great appetizer for a party. Unlike typical quesadillas, this one holds up better at room temperature. Most quesadillas need to be eaten immediately while the cheese is hot and stringy, this one however doesn’t have a texture issue.
If you’re a fan of pumpkins and Mexican food, then this Chicken Quesadilla with Pumpkin Goat Cheese Spread is definitely a meal you need to try. Don’t let the combination scare you, be brave my friends and give it a whirl, your tastebuds will thank you!
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2-3 oz. goat cheese
- 1 t. cumin
- 1/4 t. chili powder
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, grilled, and sliced thinly
- 8 corn tortillas
- Season chicken with salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin.
- Grill chicken until thoroughly cooked and set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together the pumpkin, goat cheese, cumin, and chili powder until smooth.
- Spread the pumpkin mixture onto the corn tortillas.
- Divide the chicken slices evenly between 4 of the corn tortillas and place it on them.
- Place the other corn tortilla on top of the ones with the chicken.
- Spray a frying pan or griddle with cooking spray and place the quesadillas on.
- Cook the quesadillas until the tortillas become slightly browned and crispy.