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Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

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Chicken Fajita Quesadillas —fajita spice pan-seared chicken breast, peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese grilled to perfection.

a stack of chicken fajita quesadillas

For this recipe I made sheet pan grilled chicken and peppers seasoned with homemade fajita seasoning to make bomb mashup of chicken fajitas and quesadillas. I used my Homemade Flour Tortillas for this recipe. They were about 8 inches each. You will need I needed 8 to make four quesadillas.

What you will need to make chicken fajita quesadillas

chicken fajita quesadilla cheese pull

Chicken breast– Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks before cooking to ensure the seasoning gets into each quesadilla.

Peppers and onions– The amount of fresh peppers and onions in this recipe is equal to about 6-8 ounces of frozen fajita veggies. I try to keep peppers that I have sliced and frozen on hand so mine were slightly frozen when I started to prepare the dish. You don’t have to fully defrost the peppers if you choose to use frozen.

Flour tortillas– You will need eight 8 inch tortillas or four 12 inch tortillas. The recipe makes four servings.

Cheese– I prefer Monterey Jack but you may use any cheese that you like.

Fajita seasoning– I make this recipe with homemade fajita seasoning. It makes about about 2 tablespoons of spice mix which is equivalent to a package from the store. You can use a packet if you would prefer.

Canola oil
Butter for frying
Sheet pan
Griddle or large cast iron skillet

Homemade fajita seasoning

fajita spices

Of course you could buy a packet of fajita mix but nothing will compare to this blend. One of the best things about it is the control over the amount of heat and saltiness you have making it yourself. You can also double or triple the quantity and store it for future use. (See the recipe card for exact amount.) To make the seasoning you will need:

Mortar and pestle or a spice grinder
Sweet paprika

Chipotle powder
Garlic powder
Salt
Dried onion
Cumin
Coriander

Add the spices to the mortar of spicer and grind thoroughly until the dried onion is completely pulverized. Store leftovers in an airtight jar or bag on the pantry shelf.

How to make chicken fajita quesadillas

fajita spice mix for the chicken

Step 1- Make the fajita seasoning. In a small bowl, whisk together the spice mix and canola oil.

seasoned chicken and veggies

Step 2- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken on half of the sheet pan and the veggies on the other half. Pour half of the spice mixture on both sides and toss keeping them separate.

cooked chicken and veggies

Step 3- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside.

How to assemble and fry quesadillas

cooked chicken and veggies

Step 1- Coat a large skillet set over medium flame with butter and warm 2 tortillas on both sides until warmed through.
Step 2- Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of cheese on one tortilla followed by 1/4 of the chicken and peppers. Top with another 1/4 cup of cheese. Flip the second tortilla onto the cheese with the toastiest side up and press down with a spatula. Remove the finished quesadilla to a clean plate and repeat.

Recipes to serve with chicken fajita quesadillas

chicken fajita quesadilla cheese pull

I like to serve mine with sour cream and salsa. You may also want to complete the meal with one of these recipes:

Pinto Beans from Scratch
Spanish Rice
Legendary Orange Taco Sauce

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Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

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Chicken Fajita Quesadillas —fajita spice pan-seared chicken breast, peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese grilled to perfection.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast cut into 1 1/2 inc pieces
  • 8 8 inch flour tortillas
  • 2 c Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 med green pepper sliced
  • 1/2 med red pepper sliced
  • 1/2 sm white onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • Butter for frying

Fajita Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander

Instructions

  • Make the fajita seasoning. In a small bowl, whisk together the spice mix and canola oil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken on half of the sheet pan and the veggies on the other half.
    Pour half of the spice mixture on both sides and toss keeping them separate. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside.

How to assemble and fry quesadillas

  • Coat a large skillet set over medium flame with butter and warm 2 tortillas on both sides until warmed through. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of cheese on one tortilla followed by 1/4 of the chicken and peppers.
    Top with another 1/4 cup of cheese. Flip the second tortilla onto the cheese with the toastiest side up and press down with a spatula. Remove the finished quesadilla to a clean plate and repeat.

Nutrition

Calories: 1270kcal | Carbohydrates: 149g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 2948mg | Potassium: 1036mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g | Iron: 11mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: chicken, fajitas, quesadillas
Servings: 4
Calories: 1270kcal
Author: Ty

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