Super quick and easy to make, these healthier Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with chicken, corn, olives and just what it takes of cheese to bind it all together. With their explosion of Mexican flavors, kids and adults alike will love ’em!

Super quick and easy to make, these healthier Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with chiken, corn, olives and just what it takes of cheese to bind it all together. With their explosion of Mexican flavors, kids and adults alike will love 'em!

Chicken Quesadillas, to me, they’re like a crazy delicious kicked up Mexican Grilled Cheese that’s not only loaded with all kinds of hot and spicy flavors, but also with tons of chicken, caramelized onions, corn and olives, as well as just what it takes of cheese to bind all of this deliciousness together as it slowly melts…

And contrary to grilled cheeses, where I find that sometimes the bread tends to get in the way and take all the space (you know me and bread, right?) with quesadillas, all this yummy stuff gets packed firmly between 2 thin flour tortillas that merely serve the purpose of carrying the goods to your mouth, in the most pleasant, soft, and discreet way.

But mainly, what I like most about them is that they are incredibly delicious, super nutritious, crazy quick and easy to make, and are guaranteed to please all, adults and kids alike!

A blend of spices is being poured over sauteed onions in a stainless steel skillet

First, you’ll need to make the filling; to do that, heat about one tablespoon of olive oil In a large skillet set over medium heat, and then add the onion; cook until softened and slightly caramelized, about 2-3 minutes, and then add the [millions of] spices…

Shredded chicken in a stainless steel saute pan

Next, add the shredded chicken meat and stir to coat well.

Sliced black olives, corn, chicken and sauteed onions in a stainless steel saute pan

Now stir in the black olives, corn kernels and water…

Sliced black olives, corn, chicken and sauteed onions in a stainless steel saute pan

…and cook until everything is heated all the way through, about 2 minutes; Set that aside for now.

Some shredded cheese is getting dispersed over a flour tortilla placed in a non-stick pan over gas burner

It’s now time to start building the actual Quesadillas!

Place a medium skillet over that heat source you were just using (it should still be set to medium) and add about a teaspoon or so of oil to it. Add 1 flour tortilla and sprinkle it with about one quarter of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

Chicken Quesadillas during their preparation, when the shredded chicken is being added to the flour tortilla and cheese

Now top this with about half of the reserved chicken mixture…

The final layer of cheese is being added to a Chicken Quesadilla cooking in a non-stick skillet

…followed with another sprinkle of cheese, about the same amount you used before.

The final tortilla is being pressed down firmly to form a chicken quesadilla

Finally, cover all that with a second tortilla and press it down firmly, to help the cheese do its job at binding everything together…

You may use your hand at this point, since the top tortilla is cold, but you’re probably gonna want to switch to a spatula once you’ve flipped this baby over!

A chicken quesadilla cooking in a non-stick skillet getting pressed down with a black spatula

Cook for a few minutes, until golden brown on the bottom and carefully flip the quesadilla over (I find it really helps to use a plate to do that!) to cook the other side until golden brown, pressing it down firmly once again as it cooks, using a spatula, this time!

Super quick and easy to make, these healthier Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with chiken, corn, olives and just what it takes of cheese to bind it all together. With their explosion of Mexican flavors, kids and adults alike will love 'em!

Remove the finished quesadilla to a plate and repeat this entire process to make a second quesadilla with the remaining ingredients, then slice your quesadillas and serve promptly to your hungry family, with some salsa and sour cream on the side, if desired.

Super quick and easy to make, these healthier Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with chiken, corn, olives and just what it takes of cheese to bind it all together. With their explosion of Mexican flavors, kids and adults alike will love 'em!

Super quick and easy to make, these healthier Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with chicken, corn, olives and just what it takes of cheese to bind it all together. With their explosion of Mexican flavors, kids and adults alike will love 'em!
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healthier Chicken Quesadillas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Super quick and easy to make, these healthier Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with chicken, corn, olives and just what it takes of cheese to bind it all together. With their explosion of Mexican flavors, kids and adults alike will love 'em!
Servings: 4

Ingredients

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  • 200 g shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 8" whole wheat flour tortillas

Instructions

  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and then add the onion; cook until softened and slightly caramelized, about 2-3 minutes
  • Add the spices and stir well, then add the shredded chicken and stir to coat well.
  • Stir in black olives, corn kernels and water and cook until heated all the way through, about 2 minutes. Set aside. 
  • Place a medium skillet over the heat source and add a teaspoon or so of oil to it. Add 1 flour tortilla, sprinkle with about one quarter of the shredded cheese, then top with half of the chicken mixture, followed with another sprinkle of cheese and finally, cover with a second tortilla and press it down firmly.
  • Cook for a few minutes, until golden brown on the bottom and carefully flip the quesadilla over to cook the other side until golden brown.
  • Remove the finished quesadilla to a plate and repeat this entire process to make a second quesadilla with the remaining ingredients, then slice and serve with some salsa and sour cream, if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 829mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 810IU, Vitamin C: 2.2mg, Calcium: 422mg, Iron: 2.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican American
Author: Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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