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Quick Chicken Quesadillas

quick chicken quesadillas Entree Mexican
Quick Chicken Quesadillas
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4

With a few simple shortcut ingredients, you can have warm and cheesy homemade quesadillas on the dinner table in less than half an hour. If you need to master the basic steps of how to make chicken quesadilla, this is the place to start. MORE+ LESS-

September 21, 2018

Ingredients

6
oz refrigerated cooked Southwest-flavor chicken breast strips (from 9- or 12-oz package)
1/2
cup Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa
1
package (11 oz) Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for burritos (8 inch; 8 tortillas)
Cooking spray
2
cups finely shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend (8 oz)
1/4
cup sour cream

Steps

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  • 1
    Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. In small bowl, mix chicken and salsa.
  • 2
    Spray 1 side of 1 tortilla with cooking spray; place sprayed side down in 10-inch nonstick skillet. Layer with one-fourth of the chicken mixture and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Top with another tortilla; spray top of tortilla with cooking spray.
  • 3
    Cook uncovered over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes, carefully turning after 2 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat with remaining tortillas, chicken mixture and cheese. To serve, cut quesadillas into wedges. Serve with sour cream and, if desired, additional salsa.

Expert Tips

  • If you can't find the refrigerated seasoned chicken, substitute 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken. Or skip the chicken and use refried black beans instead.
  • Still keeping these quick, jazz things by sprinkling some chopped tomato, green onion, and ripe olives or cooked corn kernels on the cheese and chicken before cooking.
  • Make gooey quesadillas in a large flat skillet, on a pancake griddle, in a panini grill, or even in a hot waffle iron.
  • Serve with not only the sour cream, but a selection of tomato and tomatillo (green chile or salsa verde) salsas or taco sauces.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Calories
580
Calories from Fat
280
% Daily Value
Total Fat
32g
49%
Saturated Fat
16g
78%
Trans Fat
2 1/2g
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Sodium
1360mg
57%
Potassium
70mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
45g
15%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
3g
Protein
29g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Using timing-saving products doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. Reach for pre-cooked chicken breast strips, Old El Paso Thick 'n Chunky salsa and Old El Paso flour tortillas, and you’re on your way to a satisfying chicken quesadilla that serves four hungry eaters. This take on the Mexican classic stays true to its origins, while adding some Southwestern zest, making it an easy and flavorful dinner. The quesadilla comes in many varieties, but its foundation remains the same: a soft flour tortilla folded over layers of melting cheese. And it’s easy to experiment by adding ingredients like rinsed and drained canned beans, shredded leftover cooked meat, diced tomatoes, guacamole or freshly chopped cilantro. Now that you’ve tried this easy chicken quesadilla recipe, you can sample even more traditional favorites, intriguing variations and fresh new takes in this collection of Betty’s Best Quesadilla Recipes.

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