10 Minute Pesto Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

How to make easy pesto chicken quesadillas in under 10 minutes for a perfect lunch or snack. Jump to the 10 Minute Pesto Chicken Quesadilla Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

10 Minute Pesto Chicken Quesadillas

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How to Make Pesto Chicken Quesadillas

Sounds a little strange, right? But, trust us, it works. Pesto is flavor overload — check out our homemade pesto recipe to see. There’s fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. If you don’t have the time to make your own batch, there are lots of store-bought options.

10 Minute Pesto Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

When it comes to the chicken, we usually have a batch of this shredded chicken in our fridge. You can also shred a rotisserie chicken or roasted chicken from a night or two ago. Ten pile everything onto a tortilla add fresh spinach and some cheese.

Layering all the ingredients

After cooking on both sides in a skillet, the chicken quesadilla is warm, toasted and the cheese is melted. A perfect lunch or snack!

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Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

10 Minute Pesto Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

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Pesto is flavor overload — check out our homemade pesto recipe to see. There’s fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. If you don’t have the time to make your own batch, there are lots of store-bought options.

Makes 4 servings

You Will Need

8 (6-inch) flour tortillas

4 tablespoons basil pesto, see our homemade pesto recipe

1 cup shredded cooked chicken, see our shredded chicken recipe

1 cup packed spinach leaves

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

    Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.

    Divide the pesto, chicken, spinach, and cheese between four tortillas. Top with a second tortilla then add to the pan and cook, flipping once, until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are toasted on both sides, about 5 minutes.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • This recipe was originally shared with Betty Crocker and we are excited to be able to share it with you.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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9 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Gina P. February 19, 2014, 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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  • Sarah October 3, 2013, 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.

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  • Jen October 7, 2012, 2:22 pm

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

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  • Nancy Long August 28, 2012, 8:16 pm

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

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    • Adam August 29, 2012, 1:43 pm

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

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  • Andy April 19, 2012, 10:37 am

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

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  • Terry April 13, 2012, 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?

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    • Adam April 14, 2012, 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 🙂

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  • Amanda April 6, 2012, 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.

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