easy grilled chicken quesadillas

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By Maria Davidson
from Cary, NC

This dish is easy to make and the chicken can be marinaded ahead of time so that it can marinade longer. I didn't include the marinade time in the time estimate for this dish. The ability to build your own allows for each friend or family member to create their own specialty quesadillas. We make this for our family (of 6), but have also made for parties with great success! We make whole quesadillas, however, you can create half a quesadilla if you prefer a smaller portion or for appetizers.

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves 6
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min

Ingredients For easy grilled chicken quesadillas

  • 1 lb
    chicken breast or chicken breast tenderloin
  • 1 pkg
    taco seasoning mix (your favorite)
  • 1/3 c
    veggie oil
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 12
    soft taco shells, medium size
  • your favorite taco/quesadilla toppings
  • 4 c
    cheddar cheese (mild, sharp or mexi mix)

How To Make easy grilled chicken quesadillas

  • 1
    Flatten chicken breasts with a meat mallet to make them even (for easier and faster grilling). Cutting into strips (or using chicken tenderloins) allows for faster grilling and shredding time.
  • 2
    Mix taco seasoning with the veggie oil, water and garlic powder.
  • 3
    Place chicken into a zip lock bag and cover with taco seasoning marinade. Seal.
  • 4
    Place into fridge and marinade 1/2 hour to up to 24 hours.
  • 5
    Grill marinaded chicken until done.
  • 6
    Once cool enough to handle, shred chicken with your fingers.
  • 7
    Lay a soft taco shell flat on a plate or cookie sheet. Add cheese and chicken.
  • 8
    At this point, you can add whatever other toppings you like on your quesadillas such as jalapeno peppers, sauteed onions, hot sauce, olives, bacon, salsa, etc.
  • 9
    Top with a little more cheese (this acts as a glue) and add another soft taco shell to the top. Grill to desired crispness.