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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Chicken Quesadilla

Its really hard to make something from scratch during the week especially when its just for one person. Sometimes, I might make something from scratch, but its got to be really simple. This recipe for chicken quesadillas is really easy. I sometimes might even do this same recipe/steps with either shrimp or pork. I don't like to use beef as it tends to be a little too heavy in the evening along with the cheese.


1 cooked, rotisserie chicken
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
4 large tortilla, burrito size
1 cup monterrey jack
1 cup queso quesadilla (or colby)
2 cups spinach

First, start to take the meat off the chicken carcass.

In a pot, place the chicken in the pot. Add the water and spices to the chicken.

Get the spinach and julienne. I like to use a little greenery into my quesadilla. Once cut, place into a separate bowl and put off to the side. Sometimes, I like to add mushrooms, bell peppers or onions. 


Shred the cheeses and mix. You might be able to find the cheese already shredded, but queso quesadilla normally is found in block form. This type of cheese is really creamy and melts well. Also cut the avocado and place off to the side.

If you have a comal, that is great, but most people don't have such a think. A griddle is another option or better yet a large skillet pan. Reheat the tortillas. Don't overly cook the tortillas as you are going to add the ingredients later.

After you have heated the tortillas, you will be making the quesadillas one by one. Add the shredded cheese to the first tortilla.

After you have added a layer of cheese, add the chicken.

Once you have added the chicken, add the spinach and cheese.


Cover the top with another tortilla. Check the tortilla to make sure it is cooked through and its slightly crispy. Notice that the tortilla has been cooking and the cheese on the bottom layer is starting to melt. This means you would be ready to flip the tortilla.

A quick tip when flipping the tortilla is by adding a plate on top. Flip the quesadilla and place back onto the comal/skillet/pan.

Allow it to continue to cook. Check to make sure that the cheese is fully melted. Once this is fully cooked take off of the comal/skillet/pan.  Slice the quesadillas to the size that you prefer. Continue with cooking the other quesadillas following the same directions.

Some people like to add lettuce, salsa and/or sour cream. This is a simple recipe, but you can make many different renditions with it. Enjoy!


  1. I love quesadillas - whenever I'm at a restaurant that offers them (and I think will be passable), I order one ;) But you're right - these really are so simple I should be making my own. Thanks for sharing the technique - it seems less daunting now...

  2. You are soooo very welcome...it would maybe go great with those roasted veggies you did last time!! Just a thought! :)