Friday, January 15, 2010

Chicken-Mushroom Quesadillas

Today I made one of the tastiest quesadillas I've ever eaten.  It's loaded with chicken, cheddar cheese, baby portobella mushrooms, red onions, cumin, chili powder, and oregano.  Here is the best part, it's healthy.  I've been eyeing this recipe in Ellie Krieger's So Easy cookbook for awhile now.  The lovely ladies in my Craving Ellie in My Belly group made it a few weeks back, but I didn't have the time.  Well, I'm glad I took to time to make it today.  I only modified the recipe slightly.  I did not have any spinach on hand (which would have been really nice in this) and I substituted baby portobella mushrooms for button mushrooms because I love the flavor.  I also ran out of dried oregano so I used dried basil and it worked just fine.  Dallop the serving with some lower fat sour cream and you're good to go.  Now.. go make this.  It seriously tastes so good.

Chicken-Mushroom Quesadillas
So Easy, Ellie Krieger (pg. 138)
Serves 4

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 ounces of white button mushrooms, coarsely chopped (about 3 cups) -- I left them sliced and they were awesome
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cooked diced skinless boneless chicken breast (1 breast half)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 10-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions and the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushroom water has evaporated and they begin to brown, 5 to 7 minutes (my portobella mushrooms did not have a lot of water so I only browned for a couple of minutes).  Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.  Add the chicken, cumin, chili powder, and oregano and stir until all the spices are incorporated.  Stir in the spinach, salt, and pepper and cook until the spinach is wilted, 2 minutes more. 

Lay the tortillas on a flat surface.  Sprinkle half of each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.  Spoon 1/4 of the chicken mixture on top of the cheese on each tortilla, then top each with 2 more tablespoons of cheese and fold the tortillas over into half-moons, pressing down slightly to seal them closed.

Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat.  Place 2 quesadillas in the pan and cook, turning once, until lightly browned and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side (I only did it for about a minute on each side).  Repeat with the remaining quesadillas.  Slice each quesadilla in half.  Serve with the salsa and sour cream.


  1. I hope Kyle eats twenty of these because they are so yummy!

  2. Loved making these, too. Just love Ellie's recipes...the onion, goat cheese, arugula pizza this week was so delicious! Nice photo of it all.