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easy chicken cheese quesadilla recipe
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Smoked Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla

Servings 8 -10
Author Divas Can Cook


  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • Pinch of cumin optional
  • 1 medium tomato seeded and diced
  • 8-10 8 inch flour tortillas
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • Smoked Cheddar. finely shredded
  • Smoked Gouda finely shredded
  • guacamole salsa, sour cream (optional)


  • Mix the seasonings together.
  • Season chicken thighs generously with the seasoning (you may not need all of it)
  • Heat a buttered skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook thighs about 6-8 minutes per side or until juices run clear.
  • Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and let cool.
  • Cut or shred the chicken into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
  • Toss in the diced tomatoes.
  • Add butter to a grill pan over medium heat and place a tortilla in the center.
  • On one side of the tortilla, add an even layer of mexican cheese blend, followed by a layer of chicken mixture and then a layer of smoked cheddar and smoked gouda.
  • Fold the other half of the tortilla over to cover the cheese and chicken. Press down on the quesadilla with a spatula.
  • Let cook until cheese has melted. Reduce heat if needed.
  • Serve hot with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.


Mexican Cheese Blend is just a bag of assorted cheeses tossed with mexican spices. You can get it at most grocery stores.
Feel free to jazz it up more with chopped bacon, jalepenos, minced red or green onions!
You can also use chicken breast if you are not a fan of chicken thighs.
I lightly butter my pan after each quesadilla. It really adds a nice buttery, crunch to the outside of the tortilla.