Chicken Quesadillas With Roasted Corn Salsa

chkn-quesadilla Photo: Leigh Beisch


  • Salsa:
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 3/4 cup chunky bottled salsa
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Chicken:
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grated queso fresco or Monterey Jack cheese


1. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn; cook 5 minutes, stirring until lightly charred. Remove from heat; wipe skillet clean.

2. Combine corn, salsa, cilantro, and 2 tablespoons lime juice in bowl.

3. Place chicken in medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper; stir well and set aside.

4. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until it is heated through, stirring occasionally. Add garlic during last 30 seconds of cooking. Transfer chicken to a plate; wipe skillet clean.

5. Wrap tortillas in a paper towel; microwave on HIGH about 15 seconds or until warm. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over half of each tortilla; top each with chicken and 2 tablespoons salsa. Fold tortillas in half; brush tops with remaining oil; sprinkle with salt, if desired.

6. Heat skillet over medium-low heat. Add 2 quesadillas, oiled sides down, pressing to flatten. Cook 1 minute or until lightly browned. Flip; cook 45 seconds and transfer to a cutting board. Repeat procedure with remaining quesadillas.

7. Cut quesadillas into wedges; serve hot with remaining salsa.

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  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 quesadilla)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 351
Fat per serving: 11g
Saturated fat per serving: 2g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 6g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 25g
Carbohydrate per serving: 40g
Fiber per serving: 4g
Cholesterol per serving: 3mg
Iron per serving: 3mg
Sodium per serving: 645mg
Calcium per serving: 50mg

Good to Know

"Beef" up a traditional quesadilla with this flavor-filled recipe. Chicken and dairy provide protein and vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is found only in animal products, and it plays an important role in heart health.