Zesty Chicken Quesadillas

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Zesty Chicken Quesadillas
Tue, 08-04-2009 - 9:47am

Zesty Chicken Quesadillas
Sandwich leftover chicken and plenty of fresh flavours between two tortillas for a southwest-inspired dinner, snack or lunch your family is sure to love. The key here is to use what you have on hand already. Use our ingredient list as your starting point, but feel free to substitute other veggies, cheeses and toppings as you see fit.

Serves: Each quesadilla serves 1-2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

2- 25.5 cm (10”) Burrito-size tortillas (per quesadilla)
125 mL (1/2 cup) leftover cooked chicken, shredded or sliced
10 mL (2 tsp.) taco or fajita seasoning
15 mL (1 tbsp.) lime juice
50 mL (1/4 cup) Quesadilla cheese, or more to taste
50 mL (1/4 cup) Monterey Jack cheese, or more to taste
15 mL (1 tbsp.) fresh cilantro, chopped (plus more for garnish)
50 mL (1/4 cup) bell pepper, thinly sliced (try a mixture of red, green and yellow)
2 scallions, chopped
Cooking spray


  1. Spray a small skillet with cooking spray and heat leftover chicken with taco or fajita seasoning, lime juice and a little water if it seems dry. Remove from heat once the chicken is coated and heated through.

  2. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place one tortilla flat in the skillet. Layer with cheese, chicken, peppers, cilantro and scallions. Finish with a layer of cheese. Try to spread ingredients out around the tortilla to keep it relatively flat.

  3. Add the second tortilla on top and press down. Heat skillet to medium and cook until the underside of the quesadilla has browned and cheese has begun to melt.

  4. Flip the quesadilla carefully using a large spatula (like a pancake). Cook until the underside is browned and the cheese has melted. Remove from skillet and slice into quarters. Top as desired.

Tip: If time is of the essence or you just want to cut down on clean up, you can heat your quesadilla in the microwave instead. Just place your assembled quesadilla on a microwave safe plate and heat on high for 30 seconds or until cheese is melted. The tortilla won’t be as crispy, but it will still be delicious!

Tip: For lunch, pack your quesadilla in plastic wrap or foil and put your toppings in small plastic containers.