Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
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Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

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This recipe has an impressive look and taste with little preparation. The leftover chicken gets Mexican flair from cumin in this fun main dish. —Linda Wetzel, Woodland Park, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream and guacamole

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 477 calories, 26g fat (13g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 901mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, combine the first six ingredients. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  2. Brush one side of tortillas with butter; place buttered side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture over half of each tortilla; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese.
  3. Fold plain side of tortilla over cheese. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Cut into wedges; serve with sour cream and guacamole. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Quesadillas in Taste of Home August/September 1999, p9

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Thelma User ID: 9137969 264534
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2017

"I used the Mexican 4 cheese shredded cheese blend instead. I also needed to add a little more salsa, 1 ounce water, and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, because the mixture was so dry.

5 stars for this one. They came out beautiful, and very tasty.
This will be a regular for me. I think I'll make up a big pan of the chicken mixture, and freeze portions.
Then this will be a super quick and easy meal."

Flo User ID: 9040904 259772
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"made this for my 3 adult men and they loved this it was a hit and easy to make"

redgirl4634 User ID: 5896029 259313
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

"This was pretty tasty! My husband and 4 year old gobbled it up without a fuss. I didn't add extra salsa, it wasn't necessary because I didn't want soggy quesadillas but I did add some cumin. Instead of making six halfed quesadillas I did three whole ones and just cut them in slices afterwards, much easier and less mess! Next time I might experiment with green salsa."

bonniej User ID: 1214512 254141
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2016

"Very good recipe. I added 1 small can of green chiles (undrained) to the chicken thighs because they seemed a little dry. I spread a layer of refried beans on half of each tortilla before adding the chicken mixture. It tasted a bit bland, so next time I might add some jalapenos. Spreading a very thin smear of butter on the outside of each tortilla seemed easier than brushing on melted butter. This will become a regular dinner recipe for us. Most of this can be prepared in advance, so it makes for a very quick dinner."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 249511
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

"Good recipe. I added green chilles and some refried beans to the chicken mixture since another reviewer mentioned they were dry. This made an excellent dinner. I will make these again."

Musicouzts User ID: 8855386 248051
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"This recipe is perfect for using left over chicken. It' something a little different for those nights you don't know what to fix. I like the crunchy outside. It's especially good with the sour cream."

apsimon23 User ID: 8242616 248001
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"My family LOVES this recipe! I have made it a bunch of times. My only suggestion to save time would be to simply spread a thin layer of softened butter with a knife on the tortillas -same result with less mess."

FLZephyr User ID: 728094 245646
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"This is a family favorite and one of our go-to meals on a busy weeknight. We add a lot more salsa to our chicken mixture to add more flavor. Great recipe!"

Goldiegal User ID: 8190510 245633
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"I tried this recipe and we liked it. The crispy tortillas really added alot"

jud--dee User ID: 7527327 245501
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2016

"I made this yesterday and it is wonderful. I did use one of the reviews and added 3oz. of cream cheese .... it is a GREAT recipe and am making it again tonight."

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