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A different take on the quesadilla! Tortillas are filled with chicken, then topped with cheese, green onions and olives.

Chicken Quesadilla Suizas on Taste and Tell

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

You want to know what’s funny?  The thought that Cinco de Mayo was around the corner didn’t even occur to me until last week sometime.  I already had the week’s posts planned out.  And then I realized that Cinco de Mayo was close.  I couldn’t let it pass without declaring my love of Mexican food, so I still managed to bring you a few recipe ideas.  And even though I’m sure you have your menu planned for today, Mexican food is good any day of the week, so I’m always up for sharing more Mexican recipes!

This recipe is a super easy one that would make a perfect dinner or lunch.  I was intrigued by it because it is a little bit different than your typical quesadilla.  It’s still stuffed – the chicken is on the inside, but the tortillas are topped with the cheese instead of the cheese being in the middle.  It was kind of like a mix of a quesadilla and a pizza.  And it was a great way to use up some leftover chicken.

Are you making – or eating! – Mexican food today?

Chicken Quesadilla Suizas
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A different take on the quesadilla! Tortillas are filled with chicken, then topped with cheese, green onions and olives.
Serves: 2-4 servings
  • 1 cup shredded, cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup salsa verde
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 (8-inch) spinach or whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • small handful of Spanish green onions with pimentos, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Pre-heat the broiler.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chicken and salsa. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add one tortilla and cook until crisp, then turn over and cook the second side. Remove, add another teaspoon of oil, and add the second tortilla. Repeat, crisping both sides. Repeat with the remaining 2 tortillas.
  4. Top 2 of the tortillas with the chicken mixture. Top with the remaining 2 tortillas. Add the cheese on top, followed by the green onion and olives. Place under the broiler until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and top with cilantro and cut into wedges.
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  6. slightly adapted from Rachaelray.com

Here are some more delicious quesadilla recipes:

Greek Quesadillas from A Couple Cooks
Slow Cooker Duck Confit Quesadillas from Everyday Southwest
Breakfast Quesadillas from Good Life Eats
Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas from Taste and Tell
Grilled Quesadillas from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

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10 Responses to Chicken Quesadillas Suizas {Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. This is such a festive dish for Cinco de Mayo! We are having a few friends over this evening to enjoy some Mexican food so I’ll be whipping up some stuff later today. These would be a great addition to the menu as well.

  2. Love the idea of topping the quesadillas with cheese! These looks super tasty — perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  3. Ivelisse says:

    This is a great idea for any party. Hopefully they taste as good as they look.!!!

  4. I love cheese as the topping on these quesadillas – how perfect for Cinco de Mayo or anytime a craving for Mexican food strikes!

  5. We actually eat quesadillas a lot because they are so easy and are a great way to use up leftovers. I would have never thought to put cheese on the outside though, what a great idea!

  6. Theeeeeese have me collapsed and on the floor, they look so dang good.

  7. What a fun dish! I love that the cheese is on the outside and topped with olives. Yum!

  8. Joanne says:

    Combining quesadillas and pizza sounds perfectly reasonable and delicious to me!

  9. Angie says:

    Rachel is great..these photos are drool-worthy…see? drooling now =D

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