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Pesto Chicken Quesadillas

These Pesto Chicken Quesadillas are simple and quick to make using just a few staple ingredients. They are a favorite in my house!

Chicken Pesto Quesadillas are simple and quick to make using just a few staple ingredients. These are a favorite in my house!
One of the things I’m trying to do this year is to go back into my archive of recipes here on the blog and update photos for them. I love looking back at old photos and reading my words from years ago, seeing how things have changed in almost 10 years. 10 years!!
When I first posted this recipe for Pesto Chicken Quesadillas I was a young stay-at-home mom to a 3 year old and 1 year old. Those two are now 13 and 10 years old and we have a little 4 year old in the mix! My, has time gone by. I originally posted this recipe during the summer and in those days I am sure I had plenty of fresh basil growing on my patio and I was picking up tons of bell peppers from the produce store weekly. Making fresh roasted red peppers is really easy to do and something I love to make as often as I can. Although homemade roasted red peppers are fairly easy to make, I don’t really have as much time these days to make them so I rely on some convenience items like jarred roasted red peppers AND jarred pesto (in case you missed it I just posted this roundup for healthy recipes using pesto). I’m pretty picky about both but I found these peppers recently at Trader Joe’s and love them.

Chicken Pesto Quesadillas are simple and quick to make using just a few staple ingredients. These are a favorite in my house!
These quesadillas are incredibly simple and quick to put together. I used some leftover rotisserie chicken I had in the fridge and in just a few minutes had a healthy and delicious meal for one (or just as easily for two or three or more!).
Chicken Pesto Quesadillas are simple and quick to make using just a few staple ingredients. These are a favorite in my house!
Originally posted August 5, 2008
Over the weekend, I made some pesto and roasted some peppers. Using some leftover chicken, I came up with these very tasty quesadillas. I decided to use goat cheese in them but my husband thought that fresh water mozzarella would be better (he’s not as big of a goat cheese fan as I am!)…so you decide on the cheese you want to use, either one would taste great! I will definitely be making these again, the flavors worked perfectly together. If you can make your own pesto and roasted peppers great – but if not jarred will work!

Love quesadillas? Try these:

Chili Bean and Avocado Quesadillas
Oven Baked Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
Zucchini, Red Onion and Black Bean Quesadillas
Spicy BBQ Chicken and Mozzarella Quesadillas | Barefeet in the Kitchen
Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas | Pioneer Woman

Print Recipe

Chicken Pesto Quesadillas

Yield: 1 quesadilla

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole grain tortilla
  • 2 teaspoons prepared pesto (I like to use Kirkland brand)
  • 2 oz cooked chicken breast
  • 1 oz crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • 1 roasted red pepper

Directions:

  1. Place tortilla in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Spread 1 teaspoon of peso on half of the tortilla. Top with chicken, then roasted pepper and cheese. Spread 1 teaspoon on other half of tortilla. Fold over and continue to warm in skillet for about 2 minutes.
  3. Carefully flip quesadilla over to other side. Let warm for an additional 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted tortilla is crisp.
  4. Cut in half and serve with a tomato salad.

Nutritional Information (via My Fitness Pal):  333 calories / 15g fat / 6g dietary fiber / 24g protein

This is based on brand specific ingredients:

Trader Joe's Whole Grain Tortillas

Kirkland Pesto

Trader Joe's Red and Yellow Roasted Peppers

President Crumbled Feta

Rotisserie chicken breast

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13 Responses to “Pesto Chicken Quesadillas”

  1. Lisa posted August 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Goat cheese or mozarella…both sound good to me!

  2. Jenny posted August 5, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    This is soooo my kind of recipe. I’d love this for lunch. Oooo I think I have all the ingredients! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jeena posted August 5, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Ooooooh now this is a tasty one Aggie! These are all great flavours and wrapped into a tortilla yummy.

  4. Bridgett posted August 6, 2008 at 2:21 am

    This sounds wonderful! How tasty every single ingredient is. I would love to try this soon.

  5. Prudy posted August 6, 2008 at 4:30 am

    That is so yummy sounding. I’m putting on my next week menu for sure. Thanks for so many great recipes.

  6. Katherine Aucoin posted August 6, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I love every single ingredient you put into your quesadillas. I think I’ll treat myself and make these. Thanks!

  7. Mary Ann posted August 6, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    This definitely looks like my kind of meal! I love roasting my own peppers and I am hoping to make some pesto with the beautiful arugula I got at the farmers market this weekend! You are making me drool!

  8. Leslie posted August 6, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    These look very tasty..I think goat cheese is the way to go!
    I shipped your package yesterday(Teus)!

  9. Leah posted August 6, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Aggie, these look amazing, as usual! Stop by my blog sometime soon, I have a little award for you to pick up. 😉

  10. Pamela posted August 6, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Yum! Except for the tortillas, I have everything in the kitchen for this already. It sounds so good! My DH is not a goat cheese fan, either. But the mozzarella sounds great.

  11. Kevin posted August 10, 2008 at 10:23 am

    These quesadillas sound so tasty!

  12. Clumbsy Cookie posted August 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    These are some tasty looking quesadillas! My kind of food!

  13. MeCooks posted January 25, 2018 at 6:26 am

    That looks delicious. Worth trying at home.

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