Friday, April 6, 2012

Spicy Chicken Quesadillas

While the majority of food popping up in my reader as of late has been very Easter oriented, I am headed in the other direction.

Quick. Simple.



Okay, I don't even know if that's "the other direction", but whatevs. Doesn't matter.

What does matter, is that this is totally a weekday dinner. Nothing fancy to see here. It might not be fancy, but it totally gets the job done. Satisfying. Filling. Easy enough to get you in and out of the kitchen in 20 minutes or less and back to that comfy couch to zone out the rest of the night.

Spicy Chicken Quesadillas
Adapted from: my Cooking Light, January 2012

1 cup shredded cooked boneless skinless chicken breast
1/3 cup medium salsa
1/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 1/2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

In a medium bowl, toss together chicken, salsa, beans, corn, and jalapenos. Spread 4 of the tortillas out on a work surface. Divide chicken mixture evenly between tortillas, spreading to cover. Sprinkle each quesadilla with 1/4 of the cheese. Top with remaining quesadillas.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray, then add one quesadilla to the pan. Cook for 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer quesadilla to a plate and repeat with remaining 3 quesadillas.

Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 quesadilla to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until golden. Remove from pan, and repeat with remaining quesadillas.

Serves: 4

For a quick and easy dinner, this was pretty tasty. I'm not going to lie here, it might not have been the downright tastiest quesadillas ever, but for the simplicity, I'd definitely make these again.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 133g
Amount per serving
Calories 281Calories from fat 109
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12.1g19%
Saturated Fat 6.3g31%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 362mg15%
Total Carbs 21.7g7%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugars 1.6g
Protein 21.4g
Vitamin A 6%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 25%Iron 9%


  1. We love Mexican food and quesadillas are always high on the list for weeknights. The filling here sounds wonderful!

  2. Oh yes, love!!! Easy, fast and delish. Thanks for this, Danielle!



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