Charred chicken soaked in fajita seasoning. Vibrant green and red bell peppers. Soft and silky onions. The right amount of shredded Monteray Jack and cheddar cheese. I am describing none other than baked to perfection chicken quesadillas.
I absolutely love quesadillas and often order them when I go out. I recently made them at home and they turned out incredible! Every bite is bursting with flavour. You can taste the cheese yet it is not overpowering and oozing out of the sides. To be honest, I never thought I would be making something like this just because it seems so… complicated. But I was wrong. Very wrong.
Anyone can make delicious quesadillas entrenched with savoury Mexican flavours! This recipe is so quick, easy and fun. For starters, you don’t have to marinate the chicken. Score! The fajita seasoning provides so much flavour that its all that you require.
So, let’s begin. Start by setting your broiler on high. Next, cut the chicken into small 1/2″ cubes. In a medium bowl, add the chicken and shake in your fajita seasoning, tossing the chicken to fully coat. Once your broiler is heated, you are ready to char the chicken. You don’t want to skip this step because the charred chicken is what makes this quesadilla taste so good. After 5 minutes, remove your chicken from the broiler and add it to your frying pan along with the onions and peppers. Turn your oven onto 350 F to prepare it for the baking later.
After you have cooked the chicken mixture in the frying pan for 5-10 minutes and the vegetables have softened, you are ready to stuff your tortilla wrap. Any type of wrap works. My favourites are sun-dried tomato and spinach. Obviously you can tell from the green colour that I opted for a spinach tortilla wrap.
Before I begin making this recipe, I take out a couple of wraps from my freezer so by this time, they have completely defrosted and thawed. The reason that I keep a package of tortilla wraps in the freezer is because there is no way that I can finish all 20 before the expiry date. This way it lasts longer and I always have some on hand.
Take one wrap and spread half the chicken mixture onto one side. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. Fold the tortilla wrap over and place on a baking tray. Repeat with the second tortilla wrap. Then, place the tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the quesadillas have baked to perfection. The tortillas should be nice and crispy. Using a pizza cutter, cut each quesadilla into 4 slices and serve with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ½ inch cubes
- 1 and ½ tbsp. fajita seasoning
- ½ tbsp. vegetable oil
- ½ red pepper, diced
- ½ green pepper, diced
- ¼ onion, diced
- 2 tortilla wraps (10-inch)
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- guacamole (optional)
- salsa (optional)
- sour cream (optional)
- Arrange one oven rack on the top shelf and the other on the bottom. Preheat your boiler on high.
- In a medium bowl, toss the cubed chicken in the fajita seasoning. Set aside while oven preheats.
- When the oven is ready, place the chicken on a greased baking tray. Place the tray on the top shelf of the oven and broil for 5 minutes.
- Then, set the oven on bake at 350 F.
- In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium. Add the red pepper, green pepper, onion and chicken. Continuously stir and cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Take a tortilla wrap and spread half the chicken mixture onto one side. Sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. Fold the tortilla wrap over and place on a baking tray.
- Repeat with the second tortilla wrap.
- Place tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Cut into 4 slices and serve with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
Condiments for Quesadillas
Guacamole, salsa and sour cream are essential condiments for quesadillas. Refer to my recipe for homemade easy basic guacamole and skip the store-bought stuff! It is full of weird ingredients that you don’t want to consume.