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Pesto Chicken Quesadilla

by on April 6, 2012 · 11 comments

You’ve gotta try these … they started as an “umm…I’m hungry, let me look in the fridge and see what we can pull together…” kinda thing but ended up as one of our absolute favs for  lunch, dinner or more than that, what we whip up for friends when they drop by. We love them, they love them … win, win!

Pesto and Quesadillas, Really?

Sounds a little strange, right? But, trust us … it totally works! Pesto is flavor-overload. Basil, garlic, parmesan cheese … it’s all there. Bonus – you can buy pesto at the store. Add that to flour tortillas and more cheese and you’re golden.

Then, pack in the flavor with shredded chicken and fresh tender spinach leaves.

We saved some time with rotisserie chicken from the store, but you could make your own. See our Simply Roasted Chicken for some inspiration.

Looks easy, right? We also shared this with Today’s Dish over at Betty Crocker.

4.5 from 2 reviews
Pesto Chicken Quesadilla
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Try these easy quesadillas with a spin of basil pesto!
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Yield: 4
You Will Need
  • 8 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. (We use a cast iron pan).
  2. To assemble one quesadilla, spread 1 tablespoon of pesto on 1 tortilla and top with chicken, spinach and cheese. Top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  3. Add one quesadilla to the pan and cook 1-2 minutes on both sides until heated through and cheese has melted. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut into four and serve immediately.

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1 Bev Weidner April 6, 2012 at 10:25 am



2 Amanda April 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. How did I never think of this awesomeness? Thank you! I’ll be adding some sun-dried tomatoes and calling this lunch tomorrow.


3 Terry April 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

These look so yummy and pretty darn healthy with the spinach. Amanda mentioned sun-dried tomatoes which sent me off thinking about pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese . . . Can’t wait till lunch time!

Adam and Joanne, have you ever tried making quesadillas on a panini maker? What do you think?


4 Adam April 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

Thanks, Terry! We haven’t actually tried the panini maker, we think it would work great though — might have to try soon :)


5 Andy April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

This recipe was a breeze to make and very tasty. Doesn’t get much better than that!


6 Nancy Long August 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm

the pesto is a great idea – I make chicken quesadillas all the time, but never thought of adding pesto, yum


7 Adam August 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm

thanks Nancy, we use pesto in just about everything –love it!


8 Jen October 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

We do this quesadilla, too, but swap the cheddar out for feta. Love me some feta!!!


9 NTOSHimu January 10, 2013 at 2:54 am

It’s looks like a Yummmyyy recipe!!! I’ll try it my home today.Thanks for sharing.
Chicken quesadilla recipe


10 Sarah October 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm

These looked great, made them tonight. Unfortunately it was kind of a mess. I had trouble when flipping the tortillas. However the quesadillas that sort of worked out tasted really good. Next time I think I’ll bake them. That way I don’t have to worry about flipping.


11 Gina P. February 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I just made this tonight for my fiancé and I and it was so delicious! I used my homemade cilantro-jalapeño pesto, raw sharp cheddar, and I sautéed the spinach before adding it to the quesadilla. It came out amazing and I will definitely be making this, again. Thanks for sharing!


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