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Easy Chicken Quesadilla Recipe {with cheese}

This easy chicken quesadilla recipe is bursting with flavour from plenty of chicken, black beans, hot peppers, corn and lots and lots of cheese.  The finishing touch?  Adobo sauce for that smoky heat. Plus, they're on the table in about 30 minutes! You're gonna love these!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner recipe, easy quesadilla recipe, leftover chicken, under 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 quesadillas
Calories 236kcal
Author Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Ingredients

  • 6 large tortillas
  • 2.5 cups cooked chicken -cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2.5 cups cheddar cheese -shredded
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans -rinsed, drained and patted dry of excess moisture (I used an unsalted variety)
  • 1 ear corn -kernels removed
  • 1/3 cup banana peppers -squeezed with paper towel to remove excess moisture
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce -or more to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil -or cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.  Distribute cooked chicken evenly over tortillas (on one half of each tortilla).  
  • Top chicken with cheese, black beans, corn, banana peppers and adobo sauce.  Fold over top so you have half moon shapes.  Cook per either method below.

Stovetop Method (preferred method)

  • Preheat oven to 200 F (to keep quesadillas warm while preparing batches). This is optional. 
  • Brush top of tortilla with olive oil (or spray a non stick pan with cooking spray). 
  • Place 2 half moons in pan at a time, cook on medium heat about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy, being careful not to burn. Once golden and cheese is melted, place quesadillas in oven on a sheet pan to keep warm while finishing batches (3 batches in total).  Lest rest for about 5 minutes before cutting in half. Makes 12 pieces. Serve with salsa, Greek yogurt, guacamole or sour cream. Enjoy!

Oven Baked Method

  • Brush top of tortilla with olive oil.  Bake for about 10 minutes until heated through and cheese melted.  Lest rest for about 5 minutes before cutting in half.  Makes 12 pieces. Serve with salsa, Greek yogurt, guacamole or sour cream.  Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure your beans are rinsed, drained and patted dry so they don't leak too much moisture into the quesadillas....same with the banana peppers.
  • Omit the chicken if you prefer a vegetarian option.
  • Speaking of chicken, if you don't have leftover chicken, cook about 1 boneless skinless chicken breast and 2 boneless/skinless chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet in a 400 F degree oven for about 22-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165 F at the thickest part.  Let cool slightly before chopping up for use in quesadillas.
  • Want something besides chicken in these cheese quesadillas?  Shredded cooked pork or roast beef works wonderfully here too
  • Don't have, don't like or don't want to use adobo sauce?  Your favourite BBQ sauce works awesome too.
  • Cheddar cheese was used here, but you could use another variety if you prefer (or mix some). Just pick a nice melting cheese
  • These make awesome leftovers.  You can certainly reheat in the microwave, but they won't have that same exterior crunch, but still taste delicious.  If you want, you can re-heat in the oven on 400 F for about 10 minutes or until heated through.
  • There's two methods here for cooking these chicken and cheese quesadillas - oven or stovetop.  While both are great, the stovetop method yields crispier results, which is always a good thing when we're talking quesadillas
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Nutrition (estimate only)

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 785mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Quesadilla Recipe {with cheese}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 785mg34%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 3.7mg4%
Calcium 197mg20%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Nutrition estimate only. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.