My sister shared her recipe for Chicken Quesadillas with me years ago and, while everyone in the family enjoys it immensely, it is Hannah’s all-time favorite meal.
Whenever I ask what she wants for dinner, without fail, she shouts “Chicken Quesadillas!!” But my favorite part of this quick and simple recipe is that all of the major food groups (except chocolate and ice cream) are covered! Oh, and it’s pretty darn tasty too!
While you are prepping the rest of the meal, bite-sized chunks of chicken breast marinated in an herbed vinegar dressing. I like to kind of use my metal spatula to break them up into even smaller pieces as the chicken cooks. It’s much easier to eat Chicken Quesadillas when the filling is in smaller pieces. Because that way they’re less to fall out of the “sandwich” on the way to your mouth.
The chicken is cooked in the what amounts to being a red wine vinaigrette dressing. Then it’s all spread over tortillas brushed in olive oil. They are then sprinkled with chopped fresh tomatoes and green bell peppers along with a generous helping of Monterey Jack Cheese. Finally, you sandwich it all together and bake it in the oven to crispy, melty perfection.
It’s a fantastic meal to throw together after a long day in the garden. With seasonal ingredients, the only downfall to this dish is that we can’t enjoy it truly fresh in the winter! But that’s ok. Because I find that, in the end, food like Chicken Quesadillas or Fresh Spanish Rice taste the best when Time has interceded between me and the last bite. The wait is like a seasoning all on its own.
It makes the foods that are only enjoyed when at their peak of freshness, in season, all the enjoyable!
Weeknight Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
Chicken Quesadillas are a quick weeknight meal of seasoned chicken breasts, tomatoes, peppers, and monterey cheese toasted between two crispy tortillas.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast – cubed
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 6 burrito sized tortillas(or equivalent)
- olive oil for brushing
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Whisk together the red wine vinegar, oil, and spices in a large skillet.
- Stir in cubed chicken and marinate while cutting the vegetables and shredding the cheese.
- Saute the chicken over medium high heat until it is no longer pink. (Cooking time is variable depending on the size of the cubes. Could be anywhere from 5-10 minutes.)
- Arrange half of the tortillas on a baking sheet. (I cut two in half to fit one and a half to each of 2 sheets.)
- Drizzle or brush the tops with olive oil. Place the second tortilla on top of the first and rub it around on top of the first tortilla to share the oil love.
- Spread cooked chicken, and diced vegetables on the second tortilla.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- At this point, you have two tortillas on the bottom, with olive oil in between them, and the rest of your ingredients on top. Simply slip the bottom tortilla out and top the chicken/veggie/cheese with it, oil side up.
- Bake in the oven until lightly browned and crispy and the cheese has melted.
Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says
We love quesadillas. Looks delicious!
I think I need to make these for dinner tomorrow, they look so good! I am still searching for a great recipie myself. We love to eat them too!
Snow White says
those look amazing. we love tortillas too and have started making our own — https://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2009/03/homemade-tortillas.html
maybe this recipe will help you out.
Those look great!
I’ve tried making tortillas at home, but they were too thick. As soon as I tried to roll or fold them, they broke. I know it can be done, but I haven’t found the right recipe yet.
Looks great! Thanks for participating in Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and sharing your recipe.
We love quesadillas & enchiladas, too! Yours look great.
I found the Old El Paso brand of 8 burrito sized tortillas at Big Lots for $1.30 last week.
Hmmm… I might have to try the tortilla recipe that Snow White shared with you. We love any type of bread, so tortillas are something I keep a stock of. They stay fresh longer when you keep them in the fridge. Your quesadillas look yummy. I used to work in a Mexican restaurant, so I developed a love for such things while working there…. Yummm… I am remembering days of putting fresh Spanish rice with some Chile Con Queso in a flour tortilla and rolling it up like a soft taco… melts in your mouth…. Your quesadilla recipe would be what we refered to as a Picadilla Quesadilla (Pik-a-dee-ya) as opposed to a Fajita Quesadilla and it is wonderful with beef, also. Just use ground meat instead of chicken. Also, that is a savings over the chicken, so you can splurge on more tortillas until you find that tortilla recipe you are searching for!! 😉
Wow Melanie, that is a really great price! I think the best price I’ve gotten is $2.79! And at a store across the street from a Big Lots to boot!
Shannon- Even cheaper than ground beef is ground venison which I have a freezer full of that I’m too scared to use! I’st only my second season eating venison and I didn’t grow up on it, so I’m forging my own path and I’m scared. 😀 Problem is- I know that it’s down there, so I won’t buy beef either. I had better get to it though as my husband is already talking about hunting season!!!
I’m always scared of posting a recipe with Mexican names as I realize that they are no where near authentic. ;D For example my “Un-stuffed peppers” we grew up calling Spanish Rice, so I have no idea what real Spanish Rice tastes like. My recipes are Yankeefied.
Great minds think alike! I suggested the same recipe this week!
I usually buy my tortillas at costco and freeze half. Even with 2 of us its worth it (we always have people over though). Homemade tortillas are just so much work!
Kim... and Her Coffee says
These look so great! Thanks for sharing…
Sounds great! Who doesn’t love quesadillas? Thanks for sharing!
Hoosier Homemade says
I got a quesadilla maker for Christmas, I like it pretty well, it’s not a favorite tool, but it’s good. I like the idea of putting them in the oven. Thanks for sharing!
When I want to have a fast meal this is my go to meal. I like your blog and will visit again.
Thanks Joyce ;D
Beach House Dreamer says
Me, without the meat, but I’d love to try these!
These look wonderful. Thank you fro sharing them with us. Blessings…Mary
Jacob loves these – i always think of the Gramma in Napoleon Dynomite telling Napoleon to eat a case-a-dilla when ever I see them. Seriously, this is a great version. If you get a great recipe for homemade tortillas please pass it along. ~ Robyn
Wow you are making me really hungry. These look so good and I to like Quesadilla’s
We love Quesadillas and these look yummy!
Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer says
I haven’t made any in awhile..but I think I will fix them for dinner this weekend! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan
This sounds great! I have a variation for you (we found it at Publix). Last night Bandwith took low carb tortillas, spread them with mayo and added white American cheese, lettuce, crumbled bacon, sliced avocadoes, and smoked turkey. He grilled them in a panini machine.
Delicious! Have a wonderful weekend.
Yummy recipe! Thibeaults table blog has a very good tortilla recipe and I believe a tutorial on how to make them.
Morgan Koji says
We use this recipe – https://www.wheatfoods.org/Native-American-Tortillas-in-a-Bag.219.1.htm
Except I use Whole Wheat Flour and my family loves them. My three yr. old loves to help mix them in the plastic bag. It’s great ’cause she gets to help with dinner while staying out of the way with the hot stuff!
Allison at www.myspace.com/387138382 says
You know I like that recipe a bunch…eat it weekly…but I read a new recipe this morning I might use to “mix it up” to get some more veggies. Looks like a cool idea to me: https://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quesadilla_pie/