I’ve got a mile-long “to-do” list, as always, but I wanted to leave you with a fun, easy, and healthy recipe to start the week! This recipe came to me on a whim, when I wanted to use up some leftover pesto. Voila!
Pesto Chicken Quesadillas
- boneless skinless chicken breasts
- basil pesto (I used this recipe)
- sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 tortilla per quesadilla
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- parmesan cheese, if desired
**Note: I didn’t specify amounts here because it’s all preference!**
- Smother breasts with basil pesto mixture. Let sit overnight, or at least 2 hours. (I used pesto that I made in September and froze. You can obviously use pre-made.)
- Let’s clarify. Smother CHICKEN breasts with pesto.
- Cook chicken breasts however you please: grill, bake, etc. Once cooked, shred or chop into small pieces.
- Spread one side of one quesadilla with pesto. Add cheese, chicken, tomatoes, and then top with more cheese.
- Place ‘dilla on griddler or sauté in pan. Top with other quesadilla.
- Cook until browned on the outside and melty on the inside.
If you love pesto, this recipe is for you.
If you don’t love pesto, this recipe is still for you.
Lloyd claims to “not really like pesto".”
Lloyd claimed to really like these ‘dillas.
This is a unique twist on the traditional quesadilla. It’s hard to resist anything that is squished between cheese and bread! The fresh taste of pesto will make your taste buds dance. The sun-dried tomatoes are chewy and jazz up the flavor of the dish. The melty cheese speaks for itself. Put them together and you have yourself a pretty healthy dinner or appetizer!
To make these even healthier, I used La Tortilla factory whole wheat tortillas, which have under 100 cals per tortilla. (These are my favorite brand.) The cheese I used on mine was reduced fat. Lloyd’s had the full-fat cheese. (Home boy could use some meat on his bones!) Typicallu reduced-fat or fat-free cheese doesn’t melt as nicely as the full-fat versions, but since I used my Cuisinart Griddler, getting the cheese to melt was a cinch. To boot, these were rather filling.
Time to check some things off that list! See ya!