Chicken And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

After a hard day of working, be it a 9 to 5 job, caring for your children while doing house work or working outside in your garden, you sometimes want a meal that is easy to put together and that will be welcomed by the whole family. After a long day of working in my orchard, I wanted something that was fast to put together but very tasty.

Chicken And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

Quesadillas came to mind because I had all the necessary ingredients in my refrigerator. I had poached chicken breasts (a rotisserie chicken would be prefect or perhaps you have some leftover grilled chicken from the BBQ), caramelized onions and a large piece of pepper jack cheese.  Flour tortillas, fresh tomatoes, an avocado, sour cream and some fresh cilantro and I knew I could have this meal on the table in no time at all.

Chicken And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

This recipe makes one quesadilla, adjust recipe accordingly.

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • oil to brush the tortillas
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. shredded pepper jack cheese (or any easy to melt cheese)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. caramelized onions (2 onions, sliced and cooked about 20 min.)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c. sautéed red bell peppers
  • 1 sliced and sautéed jalapeño (or sliced pickled jalapeños) or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges to garnish

Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in pan and add chicken, cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Mix and cook until just heated through.

Assembling The Chicken And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

Brush one side of the tortilla with oil and place in a non stick pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese, then add the onions, chicken, bell peppers, jalapeños, the last 1/2 of the cheese, and the cilantro. Top with the second tortilla and brush with oil. Cook on medium heat until golden, turn and cook until golden on the other side. Remove from the pan and let rest a couple of minutes before slicing. Garnish with lime wedges.

I served the quesadillas with fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, and a cumin seasoned sour cream. For a more complete meal, you could serve rice and beans alongside.  Of course, an icy margarita would go very nicely with this meal.


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129 Responses to Chicken And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

  1. I could have done with that last night instead of my poached egg on toast…this looks much tastier 😉

  2. Even though we’re retired and have what some might call time on our hands, I’ve come to crave easy meals that I can put together in a flash. And this is perfect for those cravings. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sam, I’m just like you. Sometimes I just need to make something that doesn’t take long. I had all the ingredients and it came together fast. Have a great weekend as well.

  3. mykitchenstories says:

    I love Quesadillas, and these look great Karen. Simple and quick and fresh

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tania, I do enjoy quesadillas. I order them out for lunch sometimes but they made a great evening meal, especially with the guacamole and fresh tomato salsa.

  4. How very yummy! Perfect Summer Food!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tin Man, Thank you for your compliment. They are perfect summer food. Fast to prepare and you don’t have to spend time in a hot kitchen. They could easily be done on the grill as well.

  5. A_Boleyn says:

    A very tasty quick meal indeed. Right now I’m living on instant oatmeal packets, fruit yogurt cups and tea with lemon and honey as I’ve got a horrible cold which is affecting my throat but when I get better, something like this would really hit the spot. 🙂

  6. Lea Ann says:

    Perfect and easy. I love your use of smoked paprika and chipotle chili powder in this.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann. I have been surprised how quickly my jar of smoked paprika has gone down. It really gives a nice flavor to so many dishes. Thank you for your nice comment.

  7. What a fabulous flavour combo! And in a quaesadilla no less 🙂
    I bet the caramelised onion just makes this!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Uru, for your nice compliment. The caramelized onion makes this a very tasty dish. Leave out the chicken and this is a nice vegetarian meal.

  8. Mad Dog says:

    How delicious – I just had lunch but I’m almost hungry again!

  9. Judy says:

    Quesadillas are a blank canvas for flavors, so many possibilities! You have a tasty flavor combo here and the guac takes it over the top. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, Thank you for your nice compliment. You are right…they can be vegetarian, chicken, beef or seafood. What ever you feel like.

  10. I’ve never made quesadillas before but it does seem like a good meal to make when you don’t have a lot of time. Your quesadilla looks very good, thanks for sharing and I am going to add this to my summer time meal list.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ming, This is a nice meal for the summer. You are in and out of the kitchen in a hurry. There are so many ingredients that you can use. Enjoy!

  11. This post makes me smile as I remember my son, now 22 but born and raised in Mexico, wolfing down quesadillas. They were the PBJs of his youth and a dish, with all its many variations, that I depended on when time or energy was short. Lovely recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Victoria, I’m sure your son enjoyed the quesadillas that you made. They are the perfect meal when you don’t have a lot of time or energy. Thanks for your nice compliment.

  12. Carmelized onions always add that “special something” to recipes – these look great! 🙂

  13. viveka says:

    Yummy … this I like very much and I have eaten a couple of times – last time I did them i my fancy sandwich grill. Will try this next time – photos so appealing as always. Like the look of your salsa.

  14. I love caramelized onions, and I love quesadillas. What a perfect, delicious meal!

  15. niasunset says:

    Seems so beautiful and so delicious Thank you dear Karen, I loved it. Love, nia

  16. ceciliag says:

    These are fantastic, i have never made them before and i am going to sound very silly when i ask .. how does one turn them over without everything falling out?, or do you have a gadget. I would love to try them.. c

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celi, Thank you for your nice compliment. Your question isn’t silly at all. I don’t have a gadget for turning. I make sure that I put a little cheese as my first layer and my last layer on the tortilla. The cheese melts and glues the whole thing together. When the quesadilla is golden brown the tortilla is crispy and easy to turn with a wide spatula.

  17. annie says:

    Quesadillas are among my favorite foods. I’ve added this to my recipe box.

  18. Thanks for stopping by my rooftop, Karen! Your quesadillas look wonderful. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  19. Stepping My Way to Bliss says:

    Simple always sounds good and I love quesadillas!

  20. Sissi says:

    Karen, I think I must start constantly stocking flour tortillas in my kitchen just in case I have some leftover chicken (I have it very often actually) and then I will be able to make such a delightful Mexican treat. Thank for the excellent idea.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sissi, for your nice comment. I’m like you…I have leftover chicken in my refrigerator a lot. Flour tortillas turned by leftovers into a tasty evening meal.

  21. Sue says:

    Oh Karen-these look simply delicious. What a great meal for those warm and busy summer days. Tell Mr. Karen that we all think he’s really got a great wife. Just love your recipes!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. The weather is superb here–finally warm, but my, we could use some rain.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sue, This is a nice meal for our busy summer days ahead. In and out of the kitchen in a hurry. It is always nice to hear from you and the nice compliments that you leave…thank you. We are having beautiful weather this weekend. All my tomato plants are out of the potting shed and enjoying the sunshine for a few hours before I carry them all back in. Hope you get your needed rain…your vegetable gardens are looking good.

  22. I have been craving some quesadillas for some reason? I like the ease of preparing and cooking and how the tortilla has a bit of toasty crunch with creamy fillings and fresh toppings. Great recipe and photos.

  23. I have never used caramelized onions in a quesadilla before. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  24. I love quesadillas. These look fantastic.

  25. ChgoJohn says:

    Thank you, Karen, for reminding me of a favorite quick dinner. Quesadillas are so easy to make and yet so satisfying. And your suggestion to use left-over chicken is a good one. I’ve everything I need to make some except for the tortillas. Guess what’s on the top of my shopping list? Thanks again. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, Quesadillas are a nice and fun way to take a little bit of this and a little bit of that and create a quick and delicious meal.

  26. I’ve got the margarita’s.. I just need directions to your home;)

  27. trangquynh says:

    wow, stunning quesadillas, they make me want to go back to the kitchen immediately ^^

  28. What a great idea! I always have tortillas in the fridge, but make quesadillas rarely. Why? I have no idea because they are such a convenient and wonderful meal. Thanks for the inspiration, Karen. This looks good!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Daisy, I’m happy to have given you inspiration. If you have tortillas at home, you are well on your way to a really good meal. Quesadillas are a perfect meal when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

  29. Tandy says:

    This is perfect for weekend lunches and I love the idea of the cumin in the sour cream, something I will try for sure 🙂

  30. This would be a perfect meal for me. I would clean your house, paint your fingernails or prune your hedges for one of these!

  31. Lovely, Karen. These really are incredibly simply aren’t they? I did a delicious cheddar and spring onion one a while ago which tasted very nice indeed. I might do a pea and mint one for my blog soon – it works so well :D.

  32. Larry says:

    the quesadillaslokks delicious and your presentation is veryappealing.

  33. Kristy says:

    I love a good quesadilla! I need to remember them more often. They are a fast meal and perfect for after a long day of work. 🙂

  34. I love quesadillas as a quick meal. I’ll add frozen corn and salsa if there is nothing else around.

  35. Karista says:

    I do love quesadillas! And you had me at caramelized onions, yum! It’s sunday morning and I should be eating eggs for breakfast but now I want a quesadilla. 🙂

  36. There’s just nothing like a good quesadilla any time and they are one of my favorite things. Quesadillas and pizzas are hands down my “go to” on nights I’m too busy to cook. I love the caramelized onions in these…really makes it special.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, Thank you for your comment. After a busy day, a quesadilla or pizza with items you have in you refrigerator and pantry really takes the pressure off the cook. Not only is it fast but the whole family is happy with the end result.

  37. I agree with Karista- I love just about anything with caramelized onions. This quesadilla looks and sounds delicious. It’s going to be on the menu this week! Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amber, The caramelized onions added so much to the flavor of this quesadilla. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thank you for stopping by and you comment and I look forward to your visits.

  38. What a flavourful scrumptious and comforting meal.
    🙂 Mandy

  39. bonfood says:

    That looks so delicious, fresh, bright and tasty. I love making quesadillas for a quick weekend lunch. They are brilliant for sharing too. Thanks for sharing.

  40. This looks delicious. If only this were on my dinner table. I’m be even happier to see it. =)

  41. lulu says:

    Don’t you love quesadillas? They top my list of quick/easy things to fix for any time of day. I haven’t used the caramelized onions, but that’s a great addition that will definitely get the hubby’s attention. Are you heading to Maine soon?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lulu, I think quesadillas are very easy to prepare and my husband loves them. Hopefully your husband will enjoy this one with the caramelized onions. Actually I am in Maine today. We had the water turned back on, the dock put in and started restocking the cottage. Oh and the cable had to be repaired as it was ripped down by a tree branch…so I’m behind with blogging. We will be coming back up for the summer later in the week with all the tomato plants. Summer in Maine…oh happy days!

  42. cabinet stew says:

    Caramelized onions are a perfect thing to make ahead and freeze in small containers for exactly these kinda of great meals!! Of course an Icy Margarita stored in the freezer is nice too!

  43. The perfect solution for my leftover chicken. Thanks for the inspiration (love the idea of adding caramelized onions) 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pumpkin, I’m happy to have given you an idea of what to do with your leftover chicken. I think you will enjoy the flavor the caramelized onions add to the recipe.

  44. France says:

    Caramelized onions are the cats pajamas. I could put it on just about anything and a quesadilla sounds like a delighful place to find it.

  45. Eva Taylor says:

    What a delightfully flavourful dish, Karen. I must keep this in mind for a weeknight dinner as it can be composed of whatever leftovers you have on hand. I love the flavours in yours!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Eva, for your nice compliment. Quesadillas are a great way to use leftovers. When you have a little meat or vegetables that aren’t enough for a meal you can add them and some cheese to tortillas and create a great tasting quesadilla.

  46. You make fast food, fresh and fabulous.

  47. I just wrote a post on quick meals for nights where we need something portable, and you just made me think that quesadillas would be a great option. I love that you used carmelized onions. I like reading your method for making your quesadilla, too…yum, I want one now:-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Becki, Thank you for your comment. Quesadillas are a great option. By layering the cheese on the top and bottom, you insure that with ingredients don’t fall out while eating…so yes, they are portable.

  48. Colleen says:

    I am obsessed with caramelized onions. Love quesadillas too. This looks amazing.

  49. You’ve added some nice spices to your quesadilla. It looks hearty and I love quick filling meals.

  50. Although I don’t eat meat, this looks lovely (minus the chicken). 🙂

  51. I would have this with an icy margarita any night of the week. I love that it can easily be prepared on a weeknight.

    • Karen says:

      Hi BJ, This really is a great weeknight meal…quick and delicious. Of course an icy margarita goes along with the meal perfectly.

  52. Katerina says:

    I know exactly what you mean! These are so many days I want something super easy super tasty to feed my family! These quesadillas look like the perfect idea for such days!

  53. Your photos and description ALWAYS make me want to dive right in Karen. This is a beautifully simple weeknight meal.

  54. Charles says:

    Beautiful Karen – I adore quesadillas… mexican food in general is a big weakness of mine. Such vibrant colour and fresh flavours. I’m sure this was a fabulous dinner and it’s making me pretty darn hungry right now 😀

  55. I had to pin this recipe because my family will welcome this meal in our home. Thanks so much for sharing!

  56. Dear Blogger, I nominated you for the blogger´s sunshine award. Have a look. x

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna, Thank you so much for nominating my blog for the sunshine award. I’m always thrilled when another blogger enjoys my posts enough to pass on an award.

  57. Caroline says:

    I posted a quesadilla today too, but mine is a weight watchers recipe. Yours sounds 10x better haha, YUM!!!

  58. Cara Olsen says:

    Hi Karen!

    Thanks for coming by my blog a little earlier. I appreciate you taking a moment to wish us well!

    My goodness . . . as it nears dinner time around here, my husband and I are moments away from both cheat and date night (cheating on our diets; not one another!) and this here picture has certainly wetted my appetite for a quesadilla. So that is exactly what I am going to have tonight!

    ~ Cara

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cara, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. Your “date and cheat on your diet” night sounds like a wonderful evening with each other. Enjoy the quesadilla!

  59. Susan says:

    I love quesadillas and I usually make them with chicken but never thought of adding caramelized onions and all of the other tasty spices – Yum!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, Thank you for your nice comment. We must all like quesadillas from everyones comments. I think you will enjoy the extra flavor from the spices and caramelized onions.

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