Tasty Chicken & Mushroom Quesadilla Recipe
Quesadillas are among the quickest and easiest dishes to prepare. If you keep a supply of flour tortillas and shredded cheese on hand in your fridge, you're always just a few minutes away from having a tasty meal. Quesadillas are a terrific way to use up leftover meats and vegetables, as well as an easy solution for using up fresh produce that's on it's "last legs". The next time you have left over grilled chicken and some fresh mushrooms on hand, try this delicious quick dinner, appetizer, or snack recipe!
Chicken and Mushroom Quesadilla Recipe
2 cups of cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
8 ounces of sliced fresh white or portabella mushrooms
2 cups of shredded cheese (sharp cheddar, jalapeno jack, or Mexican seasoned)
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 clove of minced garlic
1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon of butter
8 large flour tortillas
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Place the butter and olive oil in the skillet. When the butter is melted, add the chili powder, garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Sauté for ten minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the chicken and shredded cheese.
Preparing the Quesadillas
To stuff the tortillas, simply lay each tortilla on a flat surface, spoon the chicken and vegetable mixture over half the tortilla, and fold in half.
Depending on your preference, you can prepare your quesadillas on the stove top or in the oven.
Stove Top Instructions
Heat another large skillet over medium high heat, and melt an additional tablespoon of butter in the skillet. Once the skillet is hot, simply place one or two (depending on skillet size) of the prepared tortillas in the pan and cook until one side is brown, approximately three minutes. Flip and cook the other side for approximately the same length of time.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly brush one side of the prepared quesadilla with olive oil, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place on foil lined pan, and then repeat the olive oil or cooking spray step on the top side of the tortilla. Bake until tortillas are browned, which will take approximately 10 minutes.
If serving these delicious chicken & mushroom quesadillas as a main course, give each diner one or two complete pieces. If serving as an appetizer, cut each quesadilla into quarters and arrange on a tray. Either way, provide diners with sides of sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole. Many people will enjoy a light sprinkling of fresh cilantro as well.