Easy Chicken Quesadillas On The Stove

June 20, 2021

How about making irresistible chicken and cheese quesadillas that are easy to prepare and everyone's favourite? Follow our recipe for an easy chicken quesadilla on the stove!

Everyone loves chicken quesadilla with cheese, and this healthy quesadilla recipe is the ultimate Mexican dish. The melty cheese and flavorful filling is an absolute showstopper in this simple recipe. Not to mention it's so easy and quick, it's a lifesaver on those hectic weeknights where you just can't figure out what to make for dinner.

With just three essential ingredients, homemade quesadilla is delicious, filling and easy to make. And they taste even better when you add spices, peppers, and onions to the mix.

Chicken QuesadillaPhoto By Canva
Taste Score: %87
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 40 mins

Tips

  • Chop up the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces to make it cook much faster and enhance its texture.
  • Avoid aged, dry cheeses that don’t melt well. Use easily melted cheese like cheddar, mozzarella, and gouda.
  • While corn tortillas are used traditionally, flour tortillas can also be used as they cook well, are sturdier, and give you a nice crunch when you bite them.
  • Don't worry about the cheese spilling onto the pan as those crispy bits add a salty, fatty crunch and make everything even better.
  • Use block cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese as pre-shredded cheese tends to have additives to reduce clumping, which affects the flavor and texture of the quesadillas.
  • Although this recipe uses olive oil, feel free to use avocado oil, vegetable oil, or any other oil of your choice.
  • You can use both red and green bell peppers, but as red bell peppers tend to be sweeter, it’s better to use a combination of the two.
  • If you like a little bit of heat in your quesadillas, add some chopped jalapeno pepper to the mix.
  • You can also add some minced garlic to your chicken and cheese quesadillas if you like garlic’s strong sweet-spicy flavor.
  • If you want, use some Taco seasoning to add even more flavor to your easy chicken quesadillas.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until soft and transfer to a plate.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with spices, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add a flour tortilla to the skillet and top half of the tortilla with a heavy sprinkling of both kinds of cheese, the cooked chicken mixture, the pepper-onion mixture, a few slices of avocado, and some green onions. Fold the other half of the tortilla over and cook, flipping once, until golden (approximately 3 minutes per side).
  4. Repeat this process to make other quesadillas, slice into wedges and serve with sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chicken Quesadilla
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories855.5
% Daily Value*
Protein 57.5 g115%
Total Fat 55.9 g71.7%
Sodium 1285.65 mg55.9%
Cholesterol 198.7 mg66.2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

How To Make Chicken Quesadillas (In The Oven Or Air Fryer)?

In addition to the stove method, you can also make delicious chicken and cheese quesadillas in the oven or air fryer. Air fryer quesadillas are particularly fun and easy to make. While oven quesadillas have the advantage of being easier and quicker when cooking for a crowd.

  • In The Oven: To make these easy chicken quesadillas in the oven, preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake lightly oiled quesadillas for about 5 minutes. Then carefully flip and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes or until the top is browned and crispy.
  • In The Air Fryer: Make delicious air fryer quesadillas by preheating the air fryer at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes and then cooking your lightly oiled chicken quesadilla for about 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 4 minutes for perfectly crispy air fryer quesadillas. You can also use this method to make air fryer veggie quesadillas, air fryer beef quesadillas, and even air fryer quesadilla burgers.

How To Make Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce?

Making creamy Taco Bell copycat quesadilla sauce is easier than it looks. Just mix ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup sour cream, 3 Tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice, 3 Tablespoons pickled diced jalapenos, 2 teaspoon paprika, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic granules, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon chili powder in a medium bowl until well-combined and enjoy.

What Is The Best Quesadilla Cheese?

The best quesadilla cheeses are ones that melt well and have a high moisture content. Traditional Mexican cheeses like Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese fit this criterion perfectly and are ideal. But if you can’t find Oaxaca or Chihuahua cheese near you, you can use a combination of mozzarella and Monterey Jack (like this recipe) or other melty cheeses for delicious chicken and cheese quesadillas that are almost as good as the authentic Mexican ones.

How To Serve Quesadillas?

Top your quesadillas with things like sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, and serve with a rich and spicy sauce like Taco Bell's quesadilla sauce. You can also pair your quesadillas with side dishes like cilantro-lime rice, refried beans, black bean salad, mashed potatoes, corn salad, and chicken tortilla soup for a more filling experience.

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How To Store Chicken Quesadillas?

You can store these easy chicken quesadillas in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in a sealing bag or airtight container. You can also wrap the quesadillas in foil or plastic wrap to keep them fresh and prevent drying out.

To store your quesadillas for longer, freeze them on a cookie sheet and then transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container. Frozen quesadillas are good for about 4 months and can be reheated in a microwave or oven.

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