Chicken & Cheese Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter with avocado, tomato, & sour cream.  They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor.  They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious.  It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea.  #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be these incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadillas!  They are my latest obsession, with  crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor.  I filled these with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious.  The result?  An irresistible new dinner or appetizer idea…maybe breakfast, a mid-morning snack, dessert 🙄…I’m just sayin’.    

It Just Tastes Damn Good!

This past Spring I received my certification in Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell.  Since then, I have made sure to share the health benefits for each of my recipes.  Well, I will tell you that corn definitely has health benefits, including fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins.  But, let’s be real here.  No one eats Quesadillas for the health benefits!  Not even if they are made with corn tortillas.

So, these guys are just damn good.  That’s why you should make them 🙂

If you’re like me, Mexican Food is a guilty pleasure and it’s hard to stop at just one dish.  So, if you now have a hankering for more, check out these recipes!

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR CHICKEN CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLAS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

To start, determine what you want to fill your quesadillas with.  My kids really love Chicken and Cheese, so I went basic.  However, you can get creative or healthier by adding grilled zucchini, mushrooms, onions, peppers, steak, the list goes on!  In a pinch, I’ve been known to add frozen-then-cooked chicken fingers!

You can also use pre-cooked chicken from your store, whether that is rotisserie, grilled, or roasted.  If it’s pre-cooked, just be sure to shred it and then mix a little of the seasonings with it (Chili Powder & Cumin).

Ok, so up to 5 days in advance, you can roast or grill your chicken!

Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil on the chicken and rub it all around. Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes (Or Grill it for 5-6 minutes on each side) until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, shred it with 2 forks or with fingers. 

Chicken cooked and shredded for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Shred the cheese using the large hole side of your grater.  I really like to grate my own cheese because the pre-shredded cheese often has fillers in it to preserve and prevent it from melding together.  TIP: You can shred a bunch of cheese and FREEZE IT!  That way you always have it on hand for recipes where you will be melting it anyway!  Get more Freezer Hacks Here

Shredding Pepper Jack Cheese on a grater for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

 

COOK YOUR CHICKEN CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLAS

For a faster cooking process, preheat 1-2 large griddles or 2 large skillets. This way, you can get 3-4 (or more) quesadillas cooking at the same time.  Otherwise, you will just need to cook in batches, which is completely fine and uses less pans, but will take longer.

Lay out 8 tortillas on a flat surface (sheet pans, cutting board, plastic wrap, clean counter). Over each of the 8 tortillas, sprinkle a layer of PepperJack cheese. Then add shredded chicken. Last, sprinkle more Pepper Jack and a little Cheddar. Then top with the second tortilla.

Hand sprinkling cheese on tortillas for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

3 Tortillas assembled for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

To the preheated pans, brush on Olive Oil to the bottom and then immediately add a Quesadilla carefully transferring it from the flat surface to the pan using a large spatula. Cover the quesadilla(s) with a pan lid or aluminum foil so that the cheese starts to melt. Let cook for 3-4 minutes.

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla cooking in skillet. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla cooking in skillet covered. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

When you can see that the cheese has melted, using the large spatula, carefully flip each Quesadilla so that the other side can crisp up and the cheese can finish melting. (If you have to cook these in several batches, keep them in a 300F degree oven on a sheet pan or aluminum foil to stay warm and melty.)

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas cooked and cut on a sheet pan. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

When they are all cooked, Cut them into four triangles each, serve with your favorite toppings like salsa, sour cream, or guacamole, and enjoy! 

😍 Carrie

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be these incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadillas!  With crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor, they will become your new obsession.  I filled these with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious.  The result?  An irresistible new dinner or appetizer idea.  #quesadillas #mexicanfood #tacos #enchiladas #familydinner #easydinner #busymom #chicken

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner, enchiladas, gluten free, Quesadillas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
If Cooking in 4 batches add 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Round Quesadillas
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 Corn Tortillas
  • 16 oz Chicken Breast
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 8 oz Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil on the chicken and rub it all around. Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes (Or Grill it for 5-6 minutes on each side) until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, shred it with 2 forks or with fingers.

    Chicken cooked and shredded for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  3. Shred the pepper jack and cheddar cheese using the large hole side of a Grater.  

    Shredding Pepper Jack Cheese on a grater for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Make your Quesadillas!

  1. For faster cooking, preheat 1-2 large griddles or as many skillets as you can fit.  This way, you can get 3-4 (or more) quesadillas cooking at the same time.

  2. Lay out 8 tortillas on a flat surface (sheet pans, cutting board, plastic wrap, clean counter).  Over each of the 8 tortillas, sprinkle a layer of PepperJack cheese.  Then add shredded chicken.  Last, sprinkle more Pepper Jack and a little Cheddar.  Then top with the second tortilla.

    Hand sprinkling cheese on tortillas for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  3. To the preheated pans, brush on Olive Oil to the bottom and then immediately add a Quesadilla carefully transferring it from the flat surface to the pan using a large spatula.  Cover the quesadilla(s) with a pan lid or aluminum foil so that the cheese starts to melt.  Let cook for 3-4 minutes.

    Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla cooking in skillet covered. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  4. When you can see that the cheese has melted, using the large spatula, carefully flip each Quesadilla so that the other side can crisp up and the cheese can finish melting (just 1-2 minutes).  (If you have to cook these in several batches, keep them in a 300F degree oven on a sheet pan or aluminum foil to stay warm and melty.)

    Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas cooked and cut on a sheet pan. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  5. When they are all cooked, Cut them into four triangles each, serve, and enjoy!  

    Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter with avocado, tomato, & sour cream. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Recipe Notes

The recipe includes 8 round quesadillas, yielding 4 triangles each. 

  • As an appetizer, it has 16 servings of 2 triangles per serving
  • As a main dish,  it can serve 4-6 people

Grilled Halloumi & Tomato Salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad is insanely delicious!  Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive.  Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood
Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on plate.  It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Grilled Halloumi Cheese…the cure for all that ails you.  Bad day at work?  Grilled Halloumi will make you forget all about it.  Kids throwing a tantrum?  One bite of Grilled Halloumi and you will hear music over their screams.  Remember that old Calgon commercial with the woman in the bathtub, “Calgon, take me away”?  Forget the bubbles, just grill some Halloumi.  

This insanely delicious, outrageously mouthwatering cheese is my new favorite weekend treat and a MUST-TRY if you’ve never had it.  Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive.  Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven.

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on pan. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

What is Halloumi?

Halloumi cheese is a Greek semi-hard cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk.  In most recipes, you see it grilled because it really holds up under the high heat.   My earliest memories of Halloumi are actually as a child in the Suburbs of Chicago at a Greek restaurant my family would go to.  We would always order this flaming cheese appetizer, called Saganaki.  It was a big spectacle and fun for a kid, and the taste was amazing!

I didn’t make the connection that this flaming goodness was Halloumi until last year in Detroit at a Greek restaurant.  While I haven’t set it on fire here at home, this grilled version is just as tasty!

Store shelf with Halloumi cheese and other cheeses for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

You can find Halloumi at select grocery stores.  It isn’t always everywhere, but I have found it at my local Shoprite as well as small Organic Specialty stores.  If you cannot find it, you know where you can order it!

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on plate with fork holding bite. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR GRILLED HALLOUMI & TOMATO SALAD

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

The prep for this dish is so quick and easy, you can easily do this right before grilling and eating.  However, if you do need to get ahead, you can slice the Halloumi Cheese in advance.  You should get 8 slices out of the block giving you 2 slices per person.  As well as the tomatoes and the basil.

Sliced grape tomatoes for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

You can make the Basil Vinaigrette ahead, but I would wait to mix it with the tomatoes until ready to serve as they can get mushy.  Mix the Olive Oil, Vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil strips.

Basil Vinaigrette in bowl with fork for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

GRILL & ASSEMBLE YOUR HALLOUMI & TOMATO SALAD 

Preheat the grill on heat heat. Place the sliced Halloumi on a small grate grill or on aluminum foil with a little bit of Olive Oil so it doesn’t stick. (Note: No seasoning is needed, this is very salty cheese.) These cook fast on high heat, so they only need 4-5 minutes on the first side and another 2-3 minutes on the second side.  You want to see the char on these, so don’t worry, it tastes AMAZING!

Grilled Halloumi on pan Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Mix the tomatoes with the Basil Vinaigrette. Top on the slices of Halloumi and enjoy!


Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on plate. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad is insanely delicious, outrageously mouthwatering, and will be your new favorite food!  Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive.  Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #grilling #grillrecipes #summerfood #salad #halloumi #tomatoes #healthyrecipes

Course Appetizer, dinner, Salad
Cuisine American, Greek
Keyword grilling, Halloumi, healthy recipes, salad, summer food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 163 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Halloumi Cheese
  • 8 oz Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 5 Leaves Basil
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • Pinch Salt, to taste
  • Pinch Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Slice the Halloumi Cheese lengthwise.  You should get 8 slices out of the block giving you 2 slices per person.

  2. Slice the cleaned tomatoes in half where the stem was.  Pile the basil leaves and then cut into strips (this is called a chiffonade).

    Sliced grape tomatoes for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood
  3. Make the Basil Vinaigrette with the Olive Oil, Vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil strips.

    Basil Vinaigrette in bowl with fork for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Grill and Assemble

  1. Preheat the grill on heat heat.  Place the sliced Halloumi on a small grate grill or on aluminum foil with a little bit of Olive Oil so it doesn't stick. (Note: No seasoning is needed, this is very salty cheese.)  These cook fast on high heat, so they only need 4-5 minutes on the first side and another 2-3 minutes on the second side.  You want to see the char on these, so don't worry about, it tastes AMAZING!

    Grilled Halloumi on pan Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood
  2. Mix the tomatoes with the Basil Vinaigrette.  Top on the slices of Halloumi and enjoy!

    Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on pan. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood