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Cooking With Leftovers: The Perfect Chicken Quesadilla With A Secret Ingredient

Updated on October 3, 2011
Chicken Quesadilla made with leftover chicken from chicken tacos and Marscapone cheese.
Chicken Quesadilla made with leftover chicken from chicken tacos and Marscapone cheese.

Being a family of two adults we tend to have a lot of leftovers. We have so many people come over from time to time, we normally cook for 5-6 a night, but the nights we cook only for ourselves, we always make too much food. Unfortunately neither of us are good at eating leftovers; we always like to have something new and different the next day... except lasagna, we can eat that for days at a time. Slowly but surely I began creating recipes just from leftovers so we were not wasting so much food.

We switched to making chicken tacos instead of beef about a year ago, and we have yet to make a beef taco again since. We use the packaged taco mix with 3 chicken breast cut up into chunks. Cook the chicken in a little bit of butter and olive oil and then add the taco seasoning and water. The trick is to then put the chicken in a food processor and shred the chicken with the taco mix. The flavor is amazing! But then we had a whole bunch of left over taco chicken without a lot of options. This is where I came up with making quesadillas with a twist: Marscapone cheese.

Chicken Quesadillas with Leftover Chicken Taco Mix and Marscapone Cheese


  • 1/2 Cup Left Over Chicken Taco Mixture
  • (2) tablespoons Marscapone Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Colby Jack Shredded Cheese
  • (3) tablespoons roughly chopped fresh sweet basil
  • (2) Flour Tortillas
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Tomato
  • Salsa and Sour Cream For Serving


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Lay the flour tortillas flat on a baking sheet
  3. Spread the marscapone cheese evenly on both flour tortillas
  4. On on flour tortilla layer the cheddar cheese, shredded chicken, sweet basil, diced tomato and Colby Jack cheese.
  5. Cover with the second flour tortilla
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and the top tortilla is browned
  7. Take out and let sit for about 2 minutes
  8. Cut into triangles and serve with sour cream and salsa
  9. Enjoy!

You can also use a quesadilla maker for these, just make sure not to over fill the tortillas if you choose this option.


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