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Quick and Easy Chicken Vegetable Quesadillas

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Quick and Easy Chicken Vegetable Quesadillas
Quick and Easy Chicken Vegetable Quesadillas | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Chicken Vegetable Quesadillas

This has got to be one of the easiest dinners I can make, especially if I already have chicken cooked from a previous night available.

Tortillas, cheese, and chicken are the basics. How much easier could it be?!

Then I like to fill my quesadilla, or get my husband to fill my quesadilla (lol), with tons of fresh cut vegetables and maybe a little bit of chicken.

We use shredded mozzarella because white cheeses are much healthier, and have a lower fat content, than their yellow and orange counterparts.

They also create a lot less grease.

We don't use butter in our pan because not using butter also lowers the grease and the fat content of our meal.

Feel free to use wheat, white, gluten-free, or even spinach tortillas for your quesadillas. Make them vegetarian or pack them full of cheddar cheese and meat.

You can make these just about any way you want, but first we have to cover how to make the basic version. Let's get on it!

Step One: Defrost your chicken
Step One: Defrost your chicken | Source
Step Two: Place your chicken in a skillet, cover, and cook over medium heat
Step Two: Place your chicken in a skillet, cover, and cook over medium heat | Source
Step Three: Cook until brown on the bottom and then flip over
Step Three: Cook until brown on the bottom and then flip over | Source
Step Four: When finished cooking, place on your cutting board
Step Four: When finished cooking, place on your cutting board | Source
Step Five: With two forks, shred your chicken
Step Five: With two forks, shred your chicken | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves every person 1 quesadilla

Ingredients

  • 2 regular tortillas, any flavor, (for each quesadilla)
  • 1 medium chicken breast, or other kind of meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, any flavor, (for each quesadilla)
  • (optional) choice in veggies

Instructions

  1. Start by thawing your chicken. I thaw mine in the microwave on defrost for 1 pound of poultry.
  2. My husband likes to thaw his chicken in the sink with room temperature water for several hours, but you can also thaw your chicken in the refrigerator overnight to be safe.
  3. Set your thawed chicken breast in a skillet, cover, and cook over medium heat.
  4. Cook each side of your chicken breast for about 5 minutes until brown.
  5. Flip when the bottom is brown.
  6. When the other side is brown, lower your stove temperature to low and cook for another 10 minutes or so, until your chicken breast is thoroughly cooked.
  7. TIP: Cook several chicken breasts at the same time and either place in the refrigerator or freezer in sandwich bags so that they are ready when you need them for the next meal.
  8. While your chicken breast is cooking, you'll want to slice any veggies you would like to use very thin.
  9. When your chicken breast is done, place it on your cutting board.
  10. With two forks, shred your chicken breast completely.
  11. Place your shredded chicken in a bowl on the side and season it with an all-purpose seasoning.
  12. I use Harley's BBQ Seasoning. It's an all-purpose seasoning I picked up in Texas. You can easily order it online. We use it on just about everything!
  13. Set any veggies you are using either in a separate bowl, or on top of your chicken. Bring both bowls close to the stove to have easy access.
  14. Clean, gently spray and set out your skillet that you used for your chicken back on the stove.
  15. Set your stove temperature to medium and lay out one tortilla in it.
  16. Sprinkle half a cup or so of your shredded cheese onto your tortilla.
  17. Next, lay out your sliced veggies evenly across the cheese on your tortilla.
  18. Finally spread your chosen amount of shredded chicken on top. I don't like much chicken on mine. My husband likes tons of chicken on his!
  19. Spread another half a cup of cheese on top so that the melted cheese will seal both sides of your quesadilla together when cooked.
  20. Finally, lay a second tortilla on top.
  21. You'll want to cook it until your bottom tortilla is brown and the cheese on that side is melted.
  22. Flip your filled quesadilla carefully so the fillings won't fall out.
  23. Cook, pressing down on your top tortilla, until both sides are brown and all of your cheese is thoroughly melted together.
  24. Slide it onto a plate and cut it into pieces. Feel free to start cooking another one for each other member of your household.
  25. We like topping our quesadillas in a variety of different toppings like guacamole, sour cream, salsa, or even cheese.
  26. We had just made our guacamole so that's what went on top!
  27. Yummy! Yummy!
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Step Six: Pour your chicken into a bowl on the sideStep Seven: Season your chicken with an all-purpose seasoningStep Eight: Slice up about half of your red pepperStep Nine: Add them to your bowl with your chickenStep Ten: Lay out a tortilla in your chicken panStep Eleven: Top it with about a half cup of cheeseStep Twelve: Lay out your red peppers (or other veggies) on top of your cheese layerStep Thirteen: Lay out a few pieces of chickenStep Fourteen: Top with another 1/2 cup of cheeseStep Fifteen: Top with a final tortillaStep Sixteen: Press down while cooking to seal everything togetherStep Seventeen: Flip when brown on the bottomStep Eighteen: Transfer to a plate when brown on the bottomStep Nineteen: Cut into smaller piecesStep Twenty: Enjoy!
Step Six: Pour your chicken into a bowl on the side
Step Six: Pour your chicken into a bowl on the side | Source
Step Seven: Season your chicken with an all-purpose seasoning
Step Seven: Season your chicken with an all-purpose seasoning | Source
Step Eight: Slice up about half of your red pepper
Step Eight: Slice up about half of your red pepper | Source
Step Nine: Add them to your bowl with your chicken
Step Nine: Add them to your bowl with your chicken | Source
Step Ten: Lay out a tortilla in your chicken pan
Step Ten: Lay out a tortilla in your chicken pan | Source
Step Eleven: Top it with about a half cup of cheese
Step Eleven: Top it with about a half cup of cheese | Source
Step Twelve: Lay out your red peppers (or other veggies) on top of your cheese layer
Step Twelve: Lay out your red peppers (or other veggies) on top of your cheese layer | Source
Step Thirteen: Lay out a few pieces of chicken
Step Thirteen: Lay out a few pieces of chicken | Source
Step Fourteen: Top with another 1/2 cup of cheese
Step Fourteen: Top with another 1/2 cup of cheese | Source
Step Fifteen: Top with a final tortilla
Step Fifteen: Top with a final tortilla | Source
Step Sixteen: Press down while cooking to seal everything together
Step Sixteen: Press down while cooking to seal everything together | Source
Step Seventeen: Flip when brown on the bottom
Step Seventeen: Flip when brown on the bottom | Source
Step Eighteen: Transfer to a plate when brown on the bottom
Step Eighteen: Transfer to a plate when brown on the bottom | Source
Step Nineteen: Cut into smaller pieces
Step Nineteen: Cut into smaller pieces | Source
Step Twenty: Enjoy!
Step Twenty: Enjoy! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 quesadilla
Calories 528
Calories from Fat243
% Daily Value *
Fat 27 g42%
Saturated fat 11 g55%
Unsaturated fat 15 g
Carbohydrates 43 g14%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 27 g54%
Cholesterol 67 mg22%
Sodium 1341 mg56%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Personal Review

I love that these can be changed up by simply using different cheeses, different flavored tortillas, different fillings, and even different toppings.

In one meal both my husband and I can have a completely different meal. In fact, in this dish, my husband chose not to include any veggies in his quesadilla. He never does!!

I love veggies though! If had other veggies on hand, I would have tossed in some mushrooms and chopped tomatoes as well. Yum!

This is also a super kid-friendly meal. Your kids will delight in making their own unique quesadillas for dinner. This is one of those nights they truly can have whatever they want for dinner!

Not a meat person? Try out my Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas for a real treat!

Whether you are a vegetarian or not, these babies are truly amazing! You can also switch out the chicken for shredded meat, hamburger, pork, shrimp, or anything else for your own unique quesadilla.

Have fun! Be creative! And good luck!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! Most of our meals are that way. :) We love mixing things up every time we make each of our meals. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This does sound good and I love things you can change so many ways. hanks for sharing!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Tutta, I agree! That's why I like putting mine in the oven on 400 for an hour. I can set it and walk away while it is cooking, and it comes out perfect every time. The pan frying method is my husband's. He can cook a chicken breast in 20 minutes, but it just doesn't work quite as well for me, and is a lot more work. lol

      Eddy, Thanks again for your comment!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great recipe.

      Eddy.

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      Tatiana 4 years ago from Florida

      My hubby and I LOVE chicken quesadillas, and this recipe looks amazing! We'll definitely have to give it a try. Oh, and one thing I've done is put the chicken in the crock pot ; it shreds much easier! I know it doesn't have as much flavor as pan-frying, but with an 8 month old, the less hands-on, the better!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Awesome! Thanks for your wonderful ideas and suggestions! I know they will help more individuals than just me. :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      My husband is videotaping and we have a stand since a long time to tape our kids when they were playing at Suzuki concerts :-) That stand was obviously a great investment!

      I write my text, tape it and I do all the montage of the videos myself. We don't have an expensive camera but it does the job.

      The English YT channel is called animaplates because my first art work was done with paper plates. I still do some projects and I hope that I can have more time to create more because I love to create those special projects. In fact, I have many projects done but not published and even more waiting in my head. Drawing all the steps of those projects on the computer take a lot of time. And the videos take also a lot of time. Anyway... I am patient and time will come when it will come :-)

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Whoa! How awesome! Do I just look up kidscrafts on YouTube? I would love to check those out!

      Do you have someone videotaping you or do you have a nice video camera and stand?

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You can start slowly. I must say that creating nice videos take time! I publish one a week in two languages... so I know :-)

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks for the suggestions! I would love to do videos but that would require either a second set of hands our a nice video camera and stand, neither of which I have. Lol

      That is definitely our plan for the future though! I'll check out Curious.com! Thanks for the comments. :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for sharing another great recipe, Victoria!

      Have you ever considered making them as video also and post them on Youtube? You could also apply on "Curious.com"; they have several people presenting recipes.

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Lol Thanks Eric! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to figure out what Chollula sauce is. :)

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      mockingbird 4 years ago

      Oh baby that is what I am talking about. Delicious and fun and so Southwestern. And the total ability to make it healthy. More garlic and Chollula sauce please!!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh baby that is what I am talking about. Delicious and fun and so Southwestern. And the total ability to make it healthy. More garlic and Chollula sauce please!!

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