Dinner in 10: Jalapeno Chicken Quesadilla

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on June 1, 2011

How is it June already? Are you enjoying the same nice weather that we’ve been having these last couple of days?

I am so happy I ended up extending my vacation by a couple of days in hopes of getting caught up on things. I’ve been busy cleaning the house, putting away laundry [it never ends, I tell ya], and running errands.

I got home yesterday at 2pm after running around all morning and had a empty belly and a mean sugar craving.

I drank a bunch of water, heated up the indoor grill, and made this quesadilla in less time than it takes me to empty the dishwasher.

Ugh, I hate emptying the dishwasher?! But I <3 this quesadilla.

We can’t have it all I suppose.

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Jalapeno Chicken Quesadilla

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Corn free

A quick and easy, high protein dinner made up of jalapenos, healthy fats, plant, and animal based protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 rice tortilla
  • 1/2 leftover chicken breast, diced
  • 1/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/4 red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • 2 tbsp mozzarella Daiya cheese or other non-dairy cheese
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp jalapenos, diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/8 tsp herbamare or Himalayan rock salt

Directions

  1. Preheat grill or if you don’t have a grill, preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Once melted, add onions and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add herbamare and red pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Place all remaining ingredients on half of the tortilla. Fold over and place on the grill. Push down with the top and allow to cook for 1 minute, or until cheese is melted. If cooking in the oven, place on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Makes 1 quesadilla.

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What’s better than grilling up a meal in less than 10 minutes? Enjoying it outside! After I was done my quesadilla, I cuddled up to a good book on our patio and soaked in the sunshine [while wearing sunscreen of course!]

What’s your go-to quick dinner?

If you could give up one chore, for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas

Love quesadillas! These look so delicious! AND I think I have all of these ingredients on hand!

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Sam

Mmmm this looks so good! I looove quesadillas! And i totally know what you mean about the laundry…I have some waiting to be put away right now :(

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Tiff @ Love, Sweat and Beers

That looks great! I love Mexican/Southwestern foods when I’m in a hurry. Leftover chicken, beans, or whatever else you want to throw in is usually on-hand in my house.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Ohhhh… I’m obsessed with all things Mexican. Especially if it involves jalapenos! :) My go-to quick dinners are usually some sort of massive salad thing. I need to remember how easy quesadillas are!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg

My go to quick dinner is always eggs/toast — maybe an omelet, or just over easy, it doesn’t matter. I love eggs!

The chore I hate the most is sweeping/vacuuming/washing the floors.

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

I would give up emptying the dishwasher too!! Only because it’s something I have to do every single day – sometimes twice a day! A little music always helps! :)

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J

I just found you on FoodBuzz – so happy I did!! Thank you for putting out recipes that help take care of our bodies. :) I’ll back again and again and again and…

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks for stopping by, J :)

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Heidi @ Food Doodles

Mmm, we love quesadillas. My son loves them with just enough cheese to hold them together and then a ton of veggies stuffed inside. I really need to try adding beans next time. Yours looks so yummy :)

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Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

Give up one chore…scrubbing the shower! It’s always tricky to get ALL the right spots, it makes me contort my body and arms in weird ways, it’s slippery, just not a fan.

I AM a fan of those quesadillas, though. YUM!!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I hadn’t even thought of shower cleaning. Gosh, I hate that too! Come to think of it actually, I hate all chores haha. Have you tried using gel gloss in your shower? It’s a coating that makes shower cleaning easier. You just spray, wipe, and it’s SO easy to clean for weeks and weeks! Love that stuff

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Chelsea

My go to food is Quesadilla as well! Except meatless haha. I just add some cheese & hummus (sounds weird but soooo good!) and put it on the stove for a bit.
One chore to give up? Mowing the lawn! Even though I never do it hahaha. I actually don’t mind doing chores. I guess it’s the neat freak in me though lol.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

We don’t have a lawn yet (just moved into a new community) but I’ve already told my boyfriend that he’ll be doing all the mowing! I hate it too!

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Jess@atasteofconfidence

Definitely, definitely laundry!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged

I just straight up hate cleaning. I’m a very clean and organized person, but I HATE laundry, dishes, mopping, dusting…you get the picture. The only chore I actually enjoy is vaccuuming!

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Kristina @ spabettie

you had me at JALAPENO ! this looks AMAZING – delicious, I love the onions…

my quick go to dinner is a big salad with whatever protein I have – or a quinoa bowl because I always have that too… a chore to give up? can the entire bathroom count? ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Giving up the bathroom totally counts! I’m with you on the quinoa bowl. I always have a container filled with pre-cooked grains for quick and easy dinners. It makes such a difference!

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

Yum quesadillas are my favorite all time Mexican food. I love how quick and easy it is to make, too bad it’s not very filling ;)
I’ve never used jalapenos though, must give it a nice kick

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

The jalapenos are delicious! You have to give it a try!

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Ellen

I love your recipes! I typically don’t have the ingredients on hand though. I was wondering since you have so many great and varied recipes, how do you do your grocery shopping? Do you do it daily or do you plan your meals out for the week beforehand? I always have trouble planning my own grocery shopping so I typically go for convenience, but that usually equates to processed foods :[

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Ellen. I’m currently working on a post/page that will chat about grocery shopping and planning for meals. Watch for something in the coming weeks! Until then, you could start off by choosing 2 recipes a week to prepare on the weekend. Then get the groceries for those. If you make them on the weekend you should have enough food for most of the week (or at least enough lunch/snack, or whatever you chose). For me, I chose 5 recipes, write a list, shop, cook, and package. It’s a GREAT system!

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Ellen

Thanks! I will look out for that post. In the mean time, choosing just 2 recipes and buying groceries for them seems pretty doable! :)

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birdie to be

These look soo good! I am keeping this recipe handy for a yummy meal soon!

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Caroline @ Out of Liney

This looks delicious! I’ve never tried a rice tortilla before but now I’ll keep it in mind. I had Mexican for lunch today – a vegetarian burrito, much like this with no chicken! Sauteed onions, peppers, beans, rice, and cilantro – and avocado of course! Delicious. There’s nothing quite like good Mexican food!

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Suzzie V

wow, this looks super delish. Thanks for sharing!

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Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food

There really is nothing better than a warm cheese ooey gooey quesadilla! :)

I hate all cleaning chores! I’m quite lazy in that respect!

My go to meal is a big green salad with pita bread hummus and cheese/tofu :)

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marla

Thank goodness a healthy quesadilla like this can wipe away any cravings for sugar. Love that you used grilled chicken and rice tortillas.

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Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh

quesadillas are such a quick and easy go to dinner for sure! I usually throw in it whatever I have in the fridge and call it good! Tonight my husband and I were craving cereal..weird? aha we didn’t feel like eating a big dinner..some days you just gotta do it! :)

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michelle

Knowing I have to iron something gets me into a mood. I hate it. My quick meal is frittatas, they’re also a great way to empty the fridge before a big shop.

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Sonia

This looks FANTASTIC! I think I see quesadillas in my very near future! ;)

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Ann Claire

This looks so tasty! Perfect for summer when I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

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