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Chicken Pesto Quesadillas

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  • prep time: 10 min
  • total time: 20 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 429 1 serving

When you are really pressed for time, Chicken Pesto Quesadillas should be your go-to recipe. It uses just 5 ingredients and is on the table in literally 20 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights. We have given this traditional favorite an Italian twist by using pesto, chicken and mozzarella cheese.  These Chicken Pesto Quesadillas are so easy the kids can pitch in and make their own. Serve these quesadillas with a side of sauce for dipping to make them even more delicious.


  • 1/4 cup Prego® Basil Pesto
  • 8 flour tortilla or corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce


  • Tips

    • Flavor Variation: You can add 1 cup fresh baby spinach and 1/2 cup roasted red pepper strips to these quesadillas.  Layer the spinach over the chicken and the roasted red pepper strips over the second layer of cheese before cooking.
  • Step 1

    Spread 2 teaspoons pesto sauce on each of 4 tortillas.  Top each with 2 tablespoons cheese, 1/4 cup chicken and another 2 tablespoons cheese.  Divide the remaining 1 tablespoon pesto sauce among the tortillas.  Place the remaining tortillas over the filling.

  • Step 2

    Spray a 12-inch skillet or griddle with vegetable cooking spray and heat over medium heat.  Cook the quesadillas, in batches, for 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted.

  • Step 3

    While the quesadillas are cooking, heat the traditional sauce in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat until hot.  Serve the quesadillas cut in quarters with the Italian sauce for dipping.

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Calories 429
Total Fat 20 g
Sat. Fat 6.5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 54 mg
Sodium 1054 mg
Total Carb 38 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugar 6 g
Protein 23 g
Vitamin D 1 %DV
Calcium 22 %DV
Iron 17 %DV
Potassium 8 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.