Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. If you are looking for a fun and easy dish to get your family in the mood for Cinco de Mayo, definitely try these Easy Chicken Quesadillas. This recipe can be made in 30 minutes flat – perfect for the busy family. It’s kid friendly, filling, and definitely delicious.
A quesadilla is a savory Mexican turnover that is generally made in a soft flour tortilla. The mixture can be just about anything including refried beans, cheese, ground beef or shredded chicken.
Easy Chicken Quesadillas
- 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken breast
- 2/3 cup salsa
- 3/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 soft tortillas
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 cups Monterey Jack or Colby Jack cheese, shredded
- Sour Cream
- Chives, chopped
- Combine the shredded chicken, salsa, cumin, salt, and oregano in a pan. Cook over low heat until warm, stirring occasionally.
- Turn the oven to 475F. Put three tablespoons of butter on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven until it is melted.
- Remove the cookie sheet with the melted butter from the oven.
- Take a flour tortilla and place it on the cookie sheet making sure the back is coated with melted butter.
- Place the shredded chicken mixture on the left half of the tortilla.
- Sprinkle the shredded Monterey Jack or Colby Jack cheese over the chicken mixture.
- Fold the right hand side of the flour tortilla to the left forming a half circle.
- Press down gently so it stays.
- Continue with each tortilla until they are each filled and folded.
- Bake in the 475F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, checking frequently to prevent burning.
- Cut each folded quesadilla in half.
- Serve with sour cream and top with freshly chopped chives.
- You can top with extra salsa or quacamole if you like as well.
Enjoy! What are your favorite Mexican food-inspired dishes?