Authentic Style Chicken Quesadilla

"Chunks of chicken simmered in a Mexican seasoned tomato sauce, pan fried in flour tortillas with white American cheese. My fiance says it is the closest to the flavor of our local Mexican restaurant. These are awesome and quick!"
photo by jake ryleysmommy photo by jake ryleysmommy
photo by jake ryleysmommy
photo by jake ryleysmommy photo by jake ryleysmommy
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  • Add tomatoes, broth, salsa, jalapeños, cumin, garlic, and salt to a medium size sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Chop chicken into small bite size pieces and add to boiling sauce. Turn heat immediately down to low- medium and simmer until chicken is cooked through. You can simmer for longer if you want more flavor infused into the meat.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon of butter (or spray cooking spray) into a pan on medium low heat. Place cheese slice into center of flour tortilla. With a slotted spoon pick up chicken pieces and allow the juice to drain out. Place in center of tortilla and fold close. Cook tortillas about a minute on each side until golden brown and serve. Goes well with a guacamole salad.

Questions & Replies

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  1. madisongsmith
    Does the kind of butter used affect the outcome? Should I use salted or unsalted butter?


  1. RuthlessWr
    The filling was very good, but the tortillas I used never really browned up very well. I will try using a different brand again, but the chicken, sauce and cheese were a winner!
  2. bugsbunnyfan
    It was good but very messy to eat. I must not have let the juice drain out enuf. My mom liked it tho but we left out the jalapeno.
  3. LoriInIndiana
    We really love Tex Mex inspired dishes and this one was no disappointment. It was very simple to make and pleased the whole family. We used leftover shredded chicken, so simmering for a good length of time was perfect to let the sauce permeate the meat. We had to cut out the jalapenos to ensure it wasn't too spicy for us and just use a bit more spicy salsa to compensate. This is a nice addition to our Mexican recipe selections. Thanks for sharing if with us. =) PAC Fall '08
  4. jake ryleysmommy
    Made for PAC spring 2008. Wow, we loved this recipe!! My picky 5 year old gave it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up (this is a huge compliment!!) I had to use mild salsa, and left out the jalapeños so my kids would eat it. But next time I think I'll split it up and do half spicy and half mild. I used sprouted grain tortillas and they came out crunchy and delicious. I simmered the sauce for about and hour, the smell in my kitchen was incredible!! This recipe makes a huge amount of filling, I'm going to freeze some to have on hand when I get a craving for these. Thank you so much for a great recipe, it's going to change Mexican night in my house for the better!! :)



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