The Best Chicken Quesadillas

The Best Chicken Quesadillas

Recipe by Jade
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The ultimate Quesadillas recipe! These are brimming with two kinds of gooey melted cheese and a flavorful, fajita style chicken and sautéed pepper filling. Talk about delicious Mexican comfort food everyone will go crazy for!


  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided

  • 2 cups chopped bell pepper (about 2, I use red and green)

  • 2/3 cup chopped red onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

  • 6 (10-inch burrito size) flour tortillas

  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted

  • 6 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)

  • 6 oz. monterrey jack cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)

  • Guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo or salsa, for serving (optional)


  • Toss chicken with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper (about 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper).
  • Heat 2 tsp olive oil in 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook and turn occasionally until fully cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
  • Heat remaining 2 tsp oil in same skillet. Add bell pepper and red onion and saute until tender, about 6 minutes, while adding in garlic during last 1 minute. Transfer to bowl with chicken, pour in lime and toss.
  • Brush top side of tortillas with melted butter. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels, heat over medium heat. Toss cheeses together.
  • Transfer one tortilla buttered side down to skillet. Working quickly sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese evenly over one half side of the tortilla then sprinkle with about 3/4 cup of the chicken mixture. Fold top half over, repeat with a second tortilla (you can fit two in the skillet at once).
  • Let cook until golden brown on bottom about 2 minutes, then carefully turn to opposite side and continue to cook until golden brown on bottom.
  • Repeat process with remaining tortillas, cheese and filling. Cut each quesadilla into 2 or 3 wedges. Serve warm with desired toppings.
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