Cheesy Chicken-Chile Quesadillas

Want to dress up plain cheese quesadillas? Try adding Anaheim or poblano peppers--they'll give each bite some kick without completely setting your mouth on fire.

chicken-cheese quesadillas with green chiles
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
45 mins
6 quesadillas


  • 8 - 10 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 fresh Anaheim or poblano chile peppers

  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese (3 oz.)

  • ¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (3 oz.)

  • 6 8 inch flour tortillas


  1. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, flatten chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap until 1/2 inch thick. For rub, in a small bowl stir together cumin, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle mixture over chicken; rub in with your fingers.

  2. Grill chile peppers, uncovered, over medium heat 15 minutes or until charred, turning occasionally. Remove from grill and wrap in foil. Grill chicken, covered, 8 to 11 minutes or until done (165°F), turning once.

  3. Cut chile peppers in half lengthwise; remove stems and seeds.* Peel off and discard skins. Cut peppers into 1-inch strips. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces.

  4. In a large bowl combine chile peppers, chicken, and both cheeses. Spoon chicken mixture onto half of each tortilla. Fold tortilla in half; press firmly. Grill quesadillas, uncovered, over medium heat 4 minutes or until heated through and light brown, turning once.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

328 Calories
13g Fat
29g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 328
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 834mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Protein 23g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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