Chicken Quesadillas

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and taco seasoning. Add the chicken to the skillet and saute over medium-high heat until done, about 4 minute per side. Remove from the skillet and dice into cubes. Set aside.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet over high heat. Throw in the onions and peppers and cook until the peppers have a few dark brown/black areas, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Sizzle 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a separate skillet or griddle over medium heat and lay a flour tortilla in the skillet. Then build the quesadillas by laying grated cheese on the bottom tortilla, and then arranging the chicken and cooked peppers. Top with a little more grated cheese and top with a second tortilla.

When the tortilla is golden on the first side, carefully flip the quesadilla to the other side, adding another 1/2 tablespoon butter to the skillet at the same time. Continue cooking until the second side is golden. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fillings.

Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with Pico de Gallo.

Pico de Gallo:

Dice up equal quantities of tomatoes and onions. Roughly chop the cilantro.

Now, slice 1 or 2 jalapenos in half. With a spoon, scrape out the seeds. (If you like things spicy, leave in some of the white membranes.) Dice the jalapenos very finely; you want a hint of heat and jalapeno flavor, but you don't want to cause any fires. Now dump the four ingredients into a bowl.

Slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice from half the lime into the bowl. Sprinkle with salt, and stir together until combined. Be sure to taste the pico de gallo and adjust the seasonings, adding salt or more diced jalapeno if needed.


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All I can say is yum yum yum! Prepare to be stuffed. Great recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, I found a new family favorite. I used smaller flour tortillas and my husband wolfed down three in a row! Really good with some sour cream on top. If you have left over peppers/onions, you can cook up some more chicken/steak/shrimp for homemade fajitasĀ or chop up and put in a breakfast burrito. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and delicious! Using a tenderizer, I lightly tenderized the chicken breasts, seasoned them with taco seasoning mix, fried and then cubed. For more heat, use freshly grated hot pepper jack cheese and add a small amount of sliced jalapenos (Mezzettas is our favorite). Another keeper, Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for dinner tonight and they tasted like restaurant quality quesadillas. Don't skip the butter in the pan. I've made quesadillas before in a dry, non stick pan and they didn't come out as nice and golden brown as they did tonight. These were a huge hit with my 3 teenagers. Thanks, Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I liked it! I made it more simple so it wouldn't take as long (one kind of bell pepper and used salsa instead of Pico de gallo). I also used some diced pepper jack cheese on some to give it some heat. Yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent lunch. Made everything by the recipe and served with sour cream. Restaurant quality. I confess I am not as good as Rhee. Could not complete in 16 minutes under any circumstances. Probably more like 40 for me. But well worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious!!!! Even made the pico and it was yummmy! My boyfriend loved it all and so did my sister. I will make these again very soon!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent recipe, turned out so delicious, won rave reviews from my new beau. he was blown away. i was too, and I usually am my worst critic. super easy to follow, super fresh. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was so easy and had so much flavor will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great and easy recipe! I made this for family night. I did cut my chicken into bite size pieces, then put the taco seasoning on them and sauteed them in the skillet. My son-in-law, who does not like chicken, inhaled them. He has even requested I make them again. Try this recipe, you won't be disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Had to add cut up olives for the grand daughter...also spread a little marina sauce on the tortilla. We are lucky to live in the Puget Sound area where we have a store, Central Market, that bakes fresh tortillas. I will never buy the cardboard tortillas again. Not sure what Mexican sauce is, so I used enchilada sauce. Just discovered quesadillas and they are now on the bi-weekly menu! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's ok - very basic. It's simply chicken, peppers and cheese - not much flavor. I started with this basic recipe and added some fajita seasoning, black beans, onion, and garlic. I also served sour cream and avocado along with the suggested pico de gallo. If you want a very basic recipe, this is fine - if you want one with more flavor - modify it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with store-bought rotisserie chicken throwing the chicken & Cajun seasoning in with the grilled peppers & onion. And rather than add additional fat with the butter, I just sprayed the flour tortillas with Pam on both sides. I thought it turned out decent with the Cajun seasoning making quite a distinctive difference from the usual taco seasoning. It's easy and tasty so i'll probably make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for dinner last night and my boyfriend just about fell over. He LOVES cilantro so the pico de gallo was a taste bud explosion! The quesadillas could not have been easier (I'm a terrible cook!) and they were so delicious. I never knew I was actually capable of making something this good. There is hope after all. Yes, they are just quesadillas, but we all have to start somewhere. I love you, Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I sure do LOVE this recipe, and everything that you have shared item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this using Gluten Free flour tortillas I home made and it was fantastic. Easy, good flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not my traditional Sunday meal, but I had all of the ingredients for this one too. It took me a little longer than 16 minutes but a good go to meal when you want some good and fast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe but find it somewhat humorous to see it was featured in TV episode, "16 Minute Meals" yet recipe indicates Prep and Cook time to be 40 minutes item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it yesterday for lunch. Was fantastic and delicious! Go pioneer woman! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this the other night for dinner - it was a big hit with my husband - he said to add this to his lists of favorites!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and very kid friendly. I gave my teenagers the food off my plate (great diet strategy!) because they liked it so much. A keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this Saturday night for movie night with friends. It was quick and easy and really convenient for guests as we watched movies, drank wine, and ate popcorn. I had a store bought pico de gallo and guacamole dip in house already so that added to the meal. Thanks, Ree!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, tasty recipe. (It takes me longer than 16 minutes though.) I make it weekly along with Ree's Best Salsa Ever recipe. Love that too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy to make and very tasty! I need to make the Pico to go with the quesadillas next time. Thank you for being awesome, Pioneer Woman! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome! The WHOLE family loved it! It will be one of our favorites! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great!!! I'm such a big fan of chicken quesadillas so this was right up my alley. I can't believe that I've never made my own before. Well, this recipe will be a staple for sure! The taco seasoning added nice flavor. The only change I made was adding cheddar cheese along with the monterey jack cheese. Thanks Pioneer Woman! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are awesome! My kids who hate anything new, loved these. They are so buttery and good. Lots of flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely loved lives, I watched the show this morning and made them for lunch. My husband and I are looking forward to the next time I make them! Thanks so much. Now I want to try the beef and snow peas item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and kids absolutely loved this recipe. I did make some changes though, I used chicken thighs instead of breasts and cooked the onions/ peppers with the meat. Great recipe, Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Peppers make it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our family of 6 LOVED these quesadillas and pico de gallo!!! I followed the recipe as she made them (on video)... My girls even helped!! It was fun using peppers from our garden along with cilantro (which we all like). This will be a regular on our menu and one to share with family/friends!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family LOVED this recipe. The only thing I did different is the I lightly rubbed a little butter on the tortillas instead of using 1tbsp in the pan, and I used the grill pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were awesome! I used leftover chicken from a whole chicken I had roasted earlier in the week, I just cut up the chicken an added the seasoning crisped it in a pan and followed the rest of the instructions! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, these are so good and so easy and fast! I have never made Quesadillas before so was thrilled when they came out so delicious and easy to put together. Thanks for this recipe, will be making this one a regular in our diets Ree : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe Ree family Loved it. I liked all the vegs. put into the mixture. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it! It is a hit with my family. I never thought to use taco seasoning to flavor chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very good, quick and easy. My family loved them! I will definitely make them again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight and it was amazing!!! My family loved it! The taco seaoning really makes a difference, our new favorite recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe, the taco seasoning mix really does well with this, will be making some more today! item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe. I make this all of the time and made this last night. When I make it, my husband says that it tastes better than any restaurant. I have made some changes: 1. I don't use anything but chicken and cheese; 2. I dice the chicken and add taco seasoning before cooking; 3. I don't use butter - I use vegetable spray on the outside of the tortillas. I cook the chicken in a large pan. When it's done, I leave on stove on low. In my grill pan, I put a tortilla - vegetable oil side DOWN - in pan on medium heat and spread freshly grated - NOT shredded in package - monterey jack cheese all over the tortilla. I then put hot chicken on top of cheese almost to the edge. I put more cheese on top of the chicken. Place tortilla on top, with vegetable oil side UP. Press down with spatula. When the tortilla is light brown and cheese is melted, turn with spatula. Serve with salsa and sour cream. Thank you, Ree, for all of your terrific recipes!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great easy recipe. This was a nice Saturday night meal for my family of five. I did have to prepare the quesadilla before putting in the pan so that it didn't burn while trying to add the fillings. I added some sour cream, shredded lettuce & salsa to our plates & it was a hit! Can definitely see me making this dish again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I forgot this was a quesadillas I used chicken tenders and pounded them slightly. I made like taco's no cheese and put on sour cream evey one liked them will make again. Hopefully next time i will make them right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just wanted to say I made this recipe and it was great. My guy said it was restaurant style quality, so a 5 star. I have been a fan of Ree since I have seen her show. I was born in New England, but have been in OK for 23 years now. So great to know she is a transplant like me as well. Thanks for giving down to earth recipes to us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe! Flavorful and easy to prepare. My daughter is one of my top critics and she couldn't stop eating them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so tasty. Very easy and has a nice twist to just a plain quesadilla.As always, PW did another great meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This made a fanstastic dinner. Everyone loved this meal and it was very easy. The taste of the quesadillas was the same as if you were in a Mexican restaurant. It did take about a half hour to make which is a little longer than the recipe said it would take to make. I followed the recipe exactly except that I went ahead and cut the chicken into bite size pieces before I cooked it. It made it easier than cutting the chicken into strips and then cutting it into bite size pieces and the chicken cooked even quicker. Also I used frozen peppers. This also made it easier and alot cheaper than using fresh peppers. If you like quesadillas, you need to make this recipe. It is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I truly found this receipe to be wonderful, easy and very tasty. My husband fell in love with them. I made the mistake of using packaged monterey jack cheese and immediately saw my mistake, as well as tasted the difference. Can anyone tell me how to purchase a block of monterey jack cheese that is equal to approximately 2 cups? Please advise. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best quesadilla's I've ever had! Adding taco seasoning is a great idea to give it more flavor. I dipped it in salsa instead of making the pico mixture bc my husband doesn't like tomatoes. I also pounded my chicken flat so that it would cook a little faster. I would highly recommend this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Grandkids were all thumbs up on this one! My wife made some extra peppers and chicken. Really good the next day, added some refried beans then added the chicken and peppers. YUM item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these last night and they were a big hit with my family. We will be making them on a regular basis, they were delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ree has another winner here! These quesadillas were absolutley delicious. They were a big hit with the family and we look forward to making them again. Thanks Ree for sharing your wonderful recipes as we have enjoyed many over the past several years. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous taste and very easy. I bought the mild taco seasoning packet and it tasted great. I have made these twice and also added sliced black olives. We served with light sour cream on the side. Try this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very quick and easy to prepare. Big on flavor as well. My supermarket had packets of quesadilla seasoning so I used that instead of taco seasoning. Substituted mushrooms for the bell pepper. Sprinkled on some chopped cilantro and a drizzle of taco sauce before adding the second layer of cheese. I avoided the undercooked meat issue that many seem to have had by placing the chicken between two pieces of wax paper and pounding it out into a thinner, more even thickness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these 3 times in the past week. They are so quick and easy to prep, assemble and cook. As for taste, in a word, delicious! The whole family loved them, even my picky eater! It's because of my picky eater that I have made them so many times, he requested them again and again. I am thrilled to have a recipe that is so quick and easy to make that satisfies the whole family without any complaints and no one goes hungry. Thanks, Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Entire family loved them! Quick easy and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so easy to make and are wonderful. The only thing I did different the second time around is I sliced the chicken into pieces and sprinkled the taco seasoning as recipe calls for. They cooked up much faster. Very filling too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is going to be one of my new go-to meals. It was very simple to make and the flavors are outstanding! I halved the recipe and it fed four! I butterflied my chicken breast (only needed one which made for much faster cooking! My husband absolutely loved this! Thanks again Ree for another wonderful dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Adding the taco seasoning is genius - they've taken my quesadillas to a whole new level. In Hawaii, we also add a little bit of chili pepper water AND papayas to our pico de gallo - so yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good but they don't take 16 minutes to make unless you have someone else cut up the vegetables and prepare the chicken for you! I used smaller pieces of chicken to make sure that they cooked all the way. The recipe made a total of 4 large quesadillas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
love this one. had to tweak ite a little because of not having some of the ingredients but it was still so good. qick and easy and my hubby loved it : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good! Easy to make and just delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Kids and husband loved this one. Took a bit longer than 16 min if you don't have all the veggies cut and ready to go. Challenging to flip the whole tortilla, will probably do halves next time for easier flipping. Great weeknight meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. Easy to make and taste so yummy. I have a quesadilla maker so, I did not cook them on the stove in the butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! I overcooked (burned one of the quesadillas, which I ate and still though was very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the quesadillas. I butterflied 2 chicken breasts so they were thinner and cooks faster. I also used a homemade taco seasoning. I didn't use the peppers and onions this time. Nor did I use any butter to cook the quesadillas. Just heated the electric griddle to 400 degrees and cooked them up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent...just finished cooking and eating this dish. I served with a pineapple salsa (wanted that savory and sweet thing it was great. Thanks Ree, I enjoy watching you every weekend and now my husband is watching too - he actually suggested having this for dinner tonight (since he was working overtime and I need a quick drop off meal for him, the kids loved it as well. Thanks again. :O item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely not a 16 minute meal,but so very good. Adjusted since only making for two people. Like other reviewers chicken was not cooked thru so sliced and put back in pan for a couple of minutes. This will be a go too for us. Thanks Ree love this recipe. Used cajun spice seasoning I had made and it was really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good, but definitely not a 16 minute meal! Very misleading! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick & easy for one of my budding cooks at home to make. We just made one very large chicken breast for the 3 of us (almost a pound... and adjusted veggies by 1/2...& used a homemade taco spice mix. This made 4 small sized quesadillas... I chopped the chicken & veggies smaller because of the size of the tortillas we had on hand... It took longer than 16 min with all the chopping... and the chicken wasn't quite done... so we chopped it & threw it back in the pan & covered for another 5 min or so. Used pepper jack cheese for extra zip. Just like fajitas... except in quesadilla format. I would have never thought of that! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OK...so maybe I need practice with the tortilla's on the grill, but OMG! YUMMY! I made enough, so I thought, to take leftovers to work the next day and when I opened the frig...there was none to be found!! I'm thinking this was certainly a winner in my household! Simply delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
scrumptious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the chicken quesadillas for Super Bowl Sunday with a pot of chili and other delicious food. The chicken quesadillas were fabulous! I made them exactly as the recipe read. Love Ree Drummond - the show is great and I love the basset hounds and the newest addition to the family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great!!! It's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very tasty, but my chicken was not done. So cubed it up & sauted for 5 minutes more in the pan. Hubby loved it & he is not a fan of chicken breast. will definitely make again !!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. Made for Super Bowl dinner. Definetly use the Pico di Gallo with it. Although, not a 16 minute meal. Prep and cooking makes is a 40 minute meal. Still very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made these for lunch... LOVE the "taco seasoning straight on the meat" trick. Loved them but thought something was missing, then I figured it out, needs some zip. I think next time I'll squeeze some fresh lime over the chopped chicken before putting the meat on the cheese. Also, I'm gluten free so I used corn tortillas... yum! Just be sure to oil them first. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The taco season was a great addition to making a chicken quesadillas. I fried onions in the same pan after the chicken was done and they picked up a nice flavor from the seasoned chicken. I did not use peppers. I added some pickled onions onto the quesadillas but that's just me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. I too watched the program along with my husband. He said, "Let's try those for dinner." Easy and quick, we definitely will enjoy these again, and oh the possibilities. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched her make it on today's episode and I made it for dinner tonight.....delicious! I will make again, only more the next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched today and went out and purchased everything needed my daughter said it was great!!! I need more of these quick meals for dinner during the week day!!! Great1 item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice an easy recipe and tasty too! Love the pico! My guests loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make and excellent to eat. We will definitely be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good Ree! I made these for breakfast! Tomorrow I am making your Beef and Snow Peas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOL thank you for saying that because i was just wondering how long it would take for people not as skilled :P item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hi How did you make your gluten-free flour tortillas?..thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a terrible time finding a block of Monterey Jack cheese, and found it at Meijer. Hope this helps! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVED the Beef and Snow Peas..can't wait to make it again! :) This time I'm adding some garlic. :) I didn't use the whole amount of ginger, I only used 1/4-1/2 t. Everyone has a preference. :) Next time I might even add more veggies too! Its endless to what you can add to it. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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