Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach

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This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Get ready.  Get set.  Start drooling!  This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn’t lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. 

Then, if all of this wasn’t enough!?  I used the most amazing Banza Cavatappi Pasta, made from chickpeas.  The hollow cavatappi curl hugs and holds the sauce in all the right places so each bite is saucy perfection!

 

This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Health-ifying a Classic

My Mom would make Beef Stroganoff for special occasions growing up.  I adore it!  Even as an adult, when I would go home to Chicago to visit, she would always have Beef Stroganoff for me.  Mom’s always remember what we love :).  But…I really wanted to make a healthier version of this classic beef dish so I could enjoy it more often with ingredients that I always have on hand.  Here are the 4 changes I made to the recipe:

  1. Replaced beef with lean chicken breast
  2. Thickened the sauce first with a cornstarch slurry so that I could cut down on the sour cream added
  3. Added spinach for color, texture, vitamins, and nutrients
  4. Replaced regular egg noodles with a healthier and gluten free pasta option made from chickpeas!  

Let talk about that last one.  I wanted to find a gluten free pasta that could stand up to this delectable sauce and not turn to mush.  Enter BANZABanza has a variety of pasta shapes and sizes all made with Chickpeas!  That means they have more fiber, more protein, and less carbs than a regular pasta made from flour.

Here are some other easy recipes that you can use Banza pasta in!

Chicken Stroganoff in a skillet with mushrooms and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

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. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

No hightech gadgets for this one, just your best and largest non-stick skillet/frying pan! I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

Oh, I also like to cut my raw chicken with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE COOKING KIT

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)

For this recipe, you could make the entire dish in advance and reheat.  If you do this, I suggest keeping the pasta separate from the sauce through the reheating process as they will have different times and you don’t want to overcook the pasta.

But, if you’re just looking to get ahead on the ingredient prep, then start by prepping the chicken.  Cut the chicken breast into strips. I like to do this with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife.  Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.Knife slicing mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

COOK YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE 

Start by cook the pasta.  Be sure you don’t do this too early that it gets cold, but if you start to boil the water at the same time you start cooking the chicken, you will be good!  Bring the water to a boil and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta so it doesn’t stick together.  Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. There will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that’s normal. Strain the pasta and rinse with hot water, then add back to the pot and cover until ready to serve.

Note: Of course you can use any pasta you want!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.

Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.  Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side, another 5 minutes or until all of the chicken is cooked and there is no more pink.Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.Measuring cup pouring water over cooked chicken in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Spoon removing cooked chicken from pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

To the same pan, add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the sliced mushrooms. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side, about 4 minutes.Mushroom, uncooked slices in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

1 tablespoon of cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Whisking slurry into mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

Adding sour cream to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas Mixing sour cream into chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta.    ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
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Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach & Pasta

This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn't lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #chicken #healthydinners #familydinners #dinnerideas

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, pasta, spinach
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz chicken
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 10 oz Mushroom
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into strips. Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

    Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.

    Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cook

  1. Cook the pasta by adding 5-6 cups of water to a pot with a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a boil and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta so it doesn't stick together. Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. There will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that's normal. Strain the pasta and rinse, then add back to the pot until ready to serve.

    Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper.

    Raw chicken strips on plate for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  3. To the hot skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and then the chicken strips. Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side, another 5 minutes or until all of the chicken is cooked and there is no more pink.

    Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  4. Add a 1/2 cup of water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.

    Spoon removing cooked chicken from pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  5. To the same pan, add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the sliced mushrooms. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side, about 4 minutes.

    Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  6. While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

    Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  7. Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.

    Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  8. Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.

    Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  9. Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

  10. Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

    Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  11. At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta. Enjoy!

    Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Recipe Notes

  1. While I used Banza Gluten Free Pasta, you can certainly use any pasta or noodle you prefer!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.
  2. I used both chicken broth and vegetable broth in this recipe.  Chicken for the flavor and vegetable broth because it has a darker color and helps to give this Chicken Stroganoff that familiar brown colored sauce.  You can certainly use 2 cups of Chicken Broth.
  3. For the spinach, I like it bright green and barely wilted for lots of texture.  However, if you want it cooked down more, then add it earlier when you add the chicken.

 

 

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