Chicken Cilantro Quesadilla

These chicken cilantro quesadillas are the perfect way to use up leftover chicken meat. We often have a package of soft tortilla shells on hand, ready to make quesadillas and this is likely the most common recipe I use. The cilantro and lime work great with the chicken and give the quesadillas an authentic Mexican flavour. The jalapeno pepper gives some nice kick and the melted cheddar cheese is creamy and delicious.

Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 cooked chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro , finely chopped
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 1 red pepper , diced
  • 1 sweet onion , diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper , diced (optional)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 soft tortilla shells


  • Thinly slice the chicken breasts and toss with the lime juice and cilantro.
  • Lay the 4 soft tortilla shells on a cookie sheet.
  • Assemble the quesadillas by placing a quarter of each remaining ingredient - chicken, red pepper, onion, jalapeno and cheese on half of each tortilla shell. Fold each tortilla shell over the toppings creating a half moon shape.
  • Bake in a 375F oven for about 10 minutes, or until the tortilla shell starts to brown and crisp up.


There are other methods to cook quesadillas.
Skillet - on medium high heat, place the quesadilla on the skillet and cook for a few minutes. Flip the quesadilla and cook another few minutes.
Panini Press - Set the panini press to medium high heat. Place as many quesadillas as will fit in the panini press. Close the lid and cook for about 5-7 minutes.
Grill - Set the grill to medium high heat, about 400-450F. Place the quesadillas on the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side or until the peppers and onions are soft and the grill char marks are visible.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. These sound delicious Steve! Great for a quick week night dinner!

  2. Wow, this seems really good. I wanted to make some serving this weekend!

  3. Love a quick and delicious chicken quesadilla!

    ps: thanks for visiting my blog, Steve 🙂

  4. YUM! We are big quesadilla fans in my house, these are just perfect Steve!

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