Japanese-Mexican Fusion Quesadillas


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 6 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese, divided
  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi paste, divided (optional)


Combine soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and garlic in a large bowl. Add chicken strips; toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator, at least 1 hour.

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Transfer chicken strips to a glass baking dish; discard marinade.

Bake chicken strips in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 20 minutes.

Brush both sides of 1 tortilla with olive oil and lay on a flat surface. Sprinkle 1/3 of the pepperjack cheese on top. Add 1/3 of the chicken strips. Cover chicken with 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese. Add 1/3 of the chopped habanero and 1 teaspoon wasabi paste. Brush both sides of a second tortilla with olive oil and place on top. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 2 more quesadillas.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Cook quesadillas until browned and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side.