Friday, June 12, 2020

Chicken Quesadilla from @MaddieDayAuthor, plus #giveaway

Maddie Day here, with another easy and delicious Cali-Mex recipe to celebrate the coming release of my seventh Country Store Mystery, Nacho Average Murder!

In chef Robbie Jordan's next adventure, she's hanging out in her home town of Santa Barbara. She loves the chicken quesadilla she eats so much, she puts it on the Specials menu after she gets back to her country store restaurant in southern Indiana. It's a super easy dish to fix for lunch or dinner, and you can add or subtract spiciness per your taste.

After June 30, I'll send one commenter a signed copy of the book (paper if US, ebook if elsewhere)!

Chicken Quesadilla

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 green pepper, diced
Two boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
Chili pepper
4 flour tortillas
(Option) Chopped fresh or pickled Jalapeños
8 ounces pepper Jack cheese, grated (Option: use regular Monterey Jack if you don't like the peppers)
1 avocado mashed into your favorite guacamole recipe, or commercial guacamole

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Sauté onions and green peppers until tender. Remove to a plate.
Sprinkle cumin, chili pepper, and salt on chicken and rub in. Turn and repeat.
Heat second tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan. Sauté chicken on both sides until cooked. Remove, cool slightly, and shred.

Spread chicken, vegetables, and cheese in equal portions on one half of each tortilla. Fold over and press down.

Heat last tablespoon of olive oil in same pan. Saute one or two quesadillas at a time on both sides, just to warm.

Serve hot with salsa and guacamole.

 I'll send one commenter a sign copy of the book (paper if US, ebook if elsewhere)!

Readers: This is basically a grilled sandwich. What's your favorite grilled sandwich?

My next book is Nacho Average Murderwhich comes out June 30 and is the seventh Country Store Mystery.

Robbie Jordan is temporarily leaving Pans ’N Pancakes, her country store in South Lick, Indiana, to visit Santa Barbara, California—where wildfire smoke tinges the air, but a more immediate danger may lie in wait . . .

The next book after that is Taken Too Soon, the sixth Quaker Midwife (written by Edith Maxwell), up for preorder now!

I hope you'll visit my alter-ego Edith Maxwell and me on our web site, sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit us on social media, and check our all our books and short stories.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. My favorite grilled cheese would be a tuna melt. Thanks for the opportunity. So looking forward to this next installment of Robbie & Abe!

  2. All time favorite has to be a BLT made with fresh out of the garden tomatoes.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I'll eat almost any sandwich. Add cheese and grill makes anything better. Probably I’d choose a Reuben 75% of the time.

  4. I forgot my contact info. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

  5. Grilled ham and cheese sandwich is my favorite

  6. I'm old school and like a classic grilled cheese... put I like to experiment with different cheese combos and usually end up putting on a bit of horseradish!
    kimheniadis at gmail dot com

  7. Grilled cheese with bacon and tomato, with tomato soup on the side of course!!

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  9. Growing up in Southern California a quesadilla is probably my favorite. It is lunch at least once a week. I always have tortillas and salsa on hand. Some times it is just cheese but often includes whatever leftover meat is available that day. Email is

  10. On a baguette tomatoes with basil. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. A Reuben! I love the cover of this book and would very much love to read it. 😀

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  12. My favorite grilled sandwich is a Cuban sandwich.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  13. I love BLTS and grilled cheese. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  14. Grilled Avocado, tomato and pepper which is my favorite veggie grilled sandwich. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. You can't beat a classic grilled cheese sandwich with sharp cheddar cheese. Thanks for the opportunity to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. My favorite is a mozzarella and tomato panini. My email is booksnpugs(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. My favorite grilled sandwich is chicken, pesto, tomato and mozzarella.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. My favorite is a grilled cheese and tomato.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  19. Grilled cheese. wskwared at yahoo dot com

  20. Grilled ham and cheese! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. Grilled cheese with munester cheese or BLT"s!

  22. I am a big fan of a classic grilled Reuben sandwich!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  23. Grilled cheese. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  24. Definitely trying this recipe. I like a simple grilled cheese. Sometimes I like to do a tuna melt too.

  25. My favorite grilled sandwich is a loaded turkey breast panini. Your quesadillas look so good that I decided that is dinner tonight! Lol! I live this series and can't wait for the new one! Renee (

  26. Tuna melt is my favorite grilled sandwich. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  27. I like chicken quesadillas but I eat mine with just shredded roast chicken and cheese and avocado if I have any. Mine are bland but good.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. Love the recipe and the book sounds great too!

  29. Honestly, pretty much any grilled bread works for me. Grilled cheese with tomato and plany based bacon are terrific.

  30. Dear me. I missed yesterday.
    This sounds really good.
    My favorite grilled sandwich is with thinly sliced onion, apple, and sharp cheddar.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  31. Sounds so good. Can't wait to try making it

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  33. All of these sound so good! Thanks for this opportunity. My favorite is grilled cheese, sometimes with ham, maybe bologna. Mixes of cheese, too!
    Dm _ Richards (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Di, picked you! Congratulations. Please check your email!

  34. picked Di Richards! Congratulations, Di, and thanks to you all.