Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chicken Quesadillas (And A Confession)

I love these quesadillas! They are so yummy and easy to make. Many people will place one tortilla in the skillet and top it with ingredients and then place another tortilla on top, but I find that they are very difficult to flip when they are made that way. So I place my ingredients on half the tortilla and fold over the other half, like a taco shell, and they are much easier to flip. Here is my recipe:


2 cups cooked, diced chicken breast (make your own or use store bought)
1 pkg. tortillas (I use medium burrito/fajita size)
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cups shredded cheddar or mexican blend cheese
1 jar salsa (I use homemade pico de gallo, click here for my recipe)

Put some chicken, green pepper, onion, salsa, and cheese on half of a tortilla and fold over the other half (like a taco shell). Place in an ungreased skillet over medium heat until browned, then flip and brown the other side. Make sure the cheese is melted. (I usually do two at a time.) Repeat until desired number of quesadillas are made.


The fresh green pepper and onion gives them a nice crunch you don't get from jarred salsa. I cut the quesadillas into thirds and serve them with sour cream and more salsa for dipping, plus spanish or yellow rice on the side. You could also serve these as an appetizer. I like to order the chicken quesadilla appetizer at Ruby Tueday's for my dinner.

I just finished reading my first Gourmet magazine and I loved it! I do not consider myself a gourmet, but it is a great magazine for anyone who loves to eat and cook. The articles were great for foodies of all kinds and the recipes aren't too intimidating to try. I received an "invitation" to subscribe to the magazine with the "professional discount rate" of $10 for a year, and so (since I am a magazine junkie) I decided to give it a try. I have no idea how they got the idea that this stay-at-home mom is a "professional" anything, but I was not about to argue with them since the newsstand price is $4.50 an issue.

My confession is that I am a magazine junkie; aside from Gourmet I also currently subscribe to Everyday With Rachel Ray, Good Housekeeping, People, Midwest Living, Redbook, Marie Claire, and Parenting: School Years. Last year I also subscribed to Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Family Circle, and Parents, but I reluctantly let those subscriptions lapse after many protests from my husband. What can I say? I love to read, I love to learn new things, I love to be informed, I love new recipes, I love new cleaning tips, and I really love to get mail.

Happy eating!


  1. We're fans of the quesadilla too. Perfect quick weeknight dinner! Man, that's alot of magazines! What do you do with all of them after you're finished reading?

  2. wow, that is a lot of magazines!!! your recipe for quesadillas sounds delicious! I'm going to try it next week :)


  3. The quesadilla sounds great! I have never had a jarred salsa that I liked, it's much tastier- and very easy to make your own :)
    I gave up on buying magazines, they were taking over my house! I loved the Rachel Ray one, & Chocolatier! I am a Library Junkie now, the kids and I go at least once (sometimes more) a week. I am always up for a any good book suggestions!

  4. Krista, some magazines I trade with my neighbor; my People for her Us, my Everyday for her Better Homes. But in the end they all go in the recycling bin.
    Betty, I hope you like them as much as we do!
    Lissaloo, I only tolerate jarred salsa when it's mixed in with other things - on it's own it's pretty yucky. We are library junkies too, we are there once a week too. I'll send you a list of suggestions on Facebook if you like. I am into mom-lit and travel adventure books right now.

  5. The quesadillas sound great!

    The only magazine I get anymore is Reader's Digest. I used to have so many subscriptions that I had piles of magazines all over the house. I do love them, but now I generally read the online versions.

  6. Your quesadillas sound delicious!! I too am a magazine junkie and htey are all cooking magazines. I must receive 10-15 per month.. I enjoy them so.