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Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 244793
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"I liked how this recipe uses simple ingredients that are staples I have on hand anytime. A great way to throw together a quick meal!"

doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 241772
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"Great use of cut-up rotisserie chicken. Used medium salsa and cheddar-jack cheese. Loved how I could make 6 at once in the oven. My husband ate 4 of them!"

dbeauche User ID: 4406338 234229
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"These were very good. I added a little lime juice to the chicken mixture before adding it to the tortilla. I also cooked them in a skillet. The whole family loved them!"

adamscook User ID: 7795459 233514
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"Very easy, and yummy!"

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 232760
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"Very good and easy to make... will definitely be making again."

susaneagan User ID: 7752294 231767
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"Love this recipe! It's very simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing it."

cbachtel User ID: 3618273 230099
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"I have made these and they are quite good. I too, have just grilled them in the pan instead of the oven, since making in summer and didn't want to heat up the oven. I am curious, though, Misshembree, how much cream cheese did you add? I would like to change them up a bit, and this sounds perfect!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 225777
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Good recipe. I made them in a skillet and they came out great!"

boisegrams User ID: 7944289 224835
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"easy to prepare and a family pleaser! I had quite a bit of butter left over. Will only melt half that much next time (2 T). I also had enough filling for 7 tortillas. Could have probably stretched it to 8. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!"

Misshembree User ID: 8265747 220922
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"I added cream cheese to the first six ingredients. I cooked mine a little different, but used this recipe as my basic building block! They were a hit....even with my picky eaters (kids 4 & 8)! We also cooked some refried beans to go along with it! I had cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot the evening before, and used the leftover chicken to make these quesadillas. easy, quick, tasty meal! I highly suggest adding the cream cheese though! Keeps them from getting dry and makes them extra creamy! Yum!"

Tlynne14 User ID: 8142583 214192
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"This recipe is great fast and delicious for everyone in our household!!!! Thank you"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 35122
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"I cooked my chicken in chili lime sauce and baked the quesadilla in my quesadilla cooker but otherwise mad as written. Really good."

jennrod11 User ID: 8108883 27154
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"My family and I enjoyed this meal! The thing I did different was I did not use oregano and I boiled the chicken with one cube of bouillon."

norineh User ID: 7740832 25092
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"My husband loves quesadillas and this one is now his favorite one to make. After making the chicken mixture he just uses the skillet on top of the stove to lay the tortilla flat, then adds the cheese and mixture topped off with another tortilla. Flip it once and it is perfect."

Cedes2001 User ID: 4062830 27152
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Brushed ours with Canola oil and sprayed pan with Pam's Olive Oil with temp at 375 and YUMMY! All kids at it up. Also the kids loved the suggestion of the ranch dip. THIS IS KEEPER!!"

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 70760
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Family loved these!"

falknermimi User ID: 3056172 55033
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"I grilledl them instead of putting them in the oven. My family loved them."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 70759
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"I was really looking forward to making this recipe. I was however a little disappointed. The tortillas came out nice and crispy but the chicken mixture was very dry and not very flavorful. I don't know, I might try it again and use different things. I know someone used chicken broth in the mix which might help the dryness and add some more spice to kick it up a notch."

nancyew User ID: 7379759 50133
Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"I made this tonight and I loved them, the only thing that I did different was I made them in a skillet instead of the oven"

quiltingstitcher User ID: 4596769 27130
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"Wow--was e-mailed this recipe today and made it!! It is very tasty and easy to make!!"

jtermont User ID: 1863534 71758
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"This was very good and easy. I think next time I will grill them, I like to have the grill marks. However, the oven did make them nice and crispy."

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 70758
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"So good and so easy! I used my own homeade salsa and onion powder in place of the green onions because my wife's not a green onion fan. She don't eat mexican food very much, but she loves this and requests it often."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 87484
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"Best chicken quesadillas ever!"

Pulseox User ID: 2055993 20796
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"This was fantastic! I love the crispiness of the quesadilla! Looks like it came from a restaurant!"

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 25091
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"pretty tasty & fast"

HAPPYKAMPER2 User ID: 6364062 54773
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"I would have given this 5 stars but adding salt to this recipe is just wrong! The cheese, butter & salt have ample amounts of sodium in their ingredients!"

mandacakes108 User ID: 7543551 27129
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"I have made these a few times for lunch. Mine came out perfect every time. I did not need 1/4c of butter to brush on my tortillas, I used closer to 2T and still had some left in the bowl. I would recommend starting out with 2T and melting more if you need it for some reason. I made a dipping sauce for mine with a mixture of ranch dressing and salsa mixed together. Yummy!"

catlovesbooks User ID: 4808399 66835
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"So good!"

jillanglemyer User ID: 2065875 34000
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I made this once and my 15 year old daughter made it. We left out the oregano as that seems like an Italian seasoning. Ours didn't burn and they were delicious and easy."

murraydog151 User ID: 7230877 20794
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"wow!!! these were so good! and easy!"

SunnyD312 User ID: 6351200 73504
Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"This is one of the few dishes that everyone in my family will eat. As another poster commented, I use whole wheat tortillas and low fat cheese & sour cream. I serve it with a black bean & corn salad. A couple of posters mentioned that their tortillas burned quickly in the oven. I had the same issue, but I was using oil (canola or olive -- can't remember which). When I switched to butter like the recipe calls for, they came out perfectly. I hope this helps someone!"

lysiane User ID: 1556868 71753
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"Family Favorite and so easy and quick to make!"

jennifer.reynolds921 User ID: 6807311 26554
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"These were absolutely amazing. I used rotisserie chicken for the shredded chicken and it had a fantastic rich flavor. The tortillas were crisp and light."

Julie Hamill User ID: 2146217 50131
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"I added corn and heated in the micro for 1 1/2 minutes. very good"

iteach5 User ID: 6124838 25090
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"These were so good. I didn't have salsa (if you can believe that!), so I substituted taco sauce. Used 4-cheese Mexican blend. Will add a touch of taco seasoning next time. Didn't have time to bake, so I cooked in the frying pan with Pam spray. quick and easy!"

carnsk User ID: 2698260 73503
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"These were so delicious!"

KScales User ID: 3262967 75653
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"We have reviewed this recipe again and the oven temp should be 375. We apologize for the error and it will be corrected here soon.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

casum User ID: 4075339 29864
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"My family loves these! I already made them twice this week at their request! I did modify a little bit to make it healthier. I used whole wheat tortillas, low fat montery jack cheese and low fat sour cream. I think next time I might try to subsitute the butter for canola oil. YUMMY!"

cboniface User ID: 5494606 66833
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"Very nice flavours. I added a red pepper and cooked at 375."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 87483
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"This is really good! To cook the chicken breast, I like to first sprinkle it with salt, cumin, and oregano and then grill it."

toddandfawn User ID: 4545205 73501
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"I cooked mine at 475 degrees, but took them out after about 6 min."

toddandfawn User ID: 4545205 70757
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"We will be making this again! I used ground beef instead of chicken, and it came out wonderful!"

Jewels013 User ID: 5831410 35117
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Wow, the oven temperature for these is way off! The first time I made these at 475 my kitchen & dining room were filled with smoke and the smoke alarm was going off every 3 seconds. It was crazy and we spent 10-15 minutes trying to get it to stop beeping. However, the second time (since they tasted GREAT), I made them at 375 degrees and what a change!!! They were perfect. My husband and I absolutely love these, they taste fantastic!"

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 35115
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"I would make it again, however with a lot of changes, so it would hardly be the same recipe. As another reviewer said, the tortillas burned--and I had actually read their review and thus baked at 400 rather than 475 and did only 8 minutes rather than 10, but they still got VERY brown and nearly burned, so I had to 'chip' the edges off!

The taste was just okay, nothing special. I did cut out the butter and used cooking spray and cut the cheese down to 1/4 cup per wrap rather than 1/3."

kbridge User ID: 1052042 87482
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"This recipe is a staple in my house. I have omitted the butter and just use Pam spray. Low-fat cheese helps too. Thinly sliced steak is great too!"

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 73500
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"The quesadillas were crisp and almost burned after 7 minutes. Next time I will cook at a lower temperature. Good tip about adding chicken broth to the chicken mixture while heating."

anisson User ID: 4764179 33999
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"My family loved this recipe. Once the chicken was cooked, it made up quickly. I made one small addition. I added a small amount of chicken broth to the chicken mixture while I was heating it to keep it from sticking to the pan or burning it. This is a keeper!"

Mom2Mason User ID: 4031828 70750
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"No frying pan hassle of one tortilla at a time! This recipe gets all of the them done at the same time! Everyone in the family enjoyed them. What a pleasure to have a recipe where all of the family or guests can eat at the same time instead of waiting for the tortillas to get done in a frying pan!"

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