Chicken Quesadillas with Green Onions, Cilantro and Pepper Jack Cheese

Beyond Cheddar and Pico De Gallo: Flavorful Chicken Quesadillas with a Twist

Do you love chicken quesadillas as much as I do? Today, we’re taking a delicious detour from the classic cheddar cheese and salsa filling. Get ready to level up your quesadilla game with a flavor explosion of creamy, tangy, and fresh ingredients. This recipe features juicy chicken, vibrant green onions, a spicy kick from pepper jack cheese, and a delightful surprise – a touch of cream cheese!

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A Quesadilla for Every Craving

The beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility. While we’ll be focusing on a mouthwatering chicken filling today, feel free to customize it to your heart’s content! Have leftover steak or shrimp? Chop them up and toss them in! Craving a vegetarian option? Sauté some colorful peppers and onions and create a veggie fiesta. For a pure cheese quesadilla, simply omit the meat altogether. The possibilities are endless!

What Makes These Chicken Quesadillas Special

Let’s delve into the flavor profile that makes this chicken quesadilla recipe stand out. First, we have the juicy, protein-packed chicken, cooked to tender perfection. Then, the green onions introduce a refreshing pop of color and a subtle oniony bite. The grated pepper jack cheese delivers a delightful spicy warmth, while the cream cheese adds a touch of creamy richness that takes this quesadilla to a whole new level. Fresh cilantro, with its bright, citrusy notes, acts as the perfect finishing touch, balancing all the other elements and adding a burst of freshness.

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Essential Quesadilla Tips

  • Warm Up Your Tortillas: For pliable and melt-in-your-mouth chicken quesadillas, warm your tortillas in a pan over medium heat for a few seconds on each side. This makes them easier to fold without cracking.
  • Don’t Overstuff: Resist the urge to overstuff your quesadilla. Too much filling can make it difficult to fold and can lead to a burst of deliciousness all over your pan (not ideal for clean-up!).
  • Cheese Placement is Key: For maximum melty goodness, distribute the cheese evenly over one half of the warmed tortilla, leaving a slight border around the edges. This ensures the cheese melts perfectly and doesn’t ooze out during cooking.

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Chicken Quesadillas with Green Onion, Cilantro & Pepper Jack Cheese

Recipe by Jason Hill –
These chicken quesadillas are departure from the traditional cheddar cheese and salsa variety, livened up with a stuffing of green onions, grated pepper jack cheese, cream cheese and chopped fresh cilantro.
Most quesadilla recipes can be tweaked to your liking, and you can easily substitute the chicken with your favorite steak, shrimp or even grilled peppers and onions for a vegetarian quesadilla. For a cheese quesadilla, just omit the meat all together.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1


  • Half of a chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • Pinch of sea salt and taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh green onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • Small can of green chiles diced


  • Season shredded chicken with a little sea salt and taco seasoning. Mix green onion and cilantro into the whipped cream cheese. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the entire tortilla.
  • Layer half of the tortilla with half the cheese, followed by all of the shredded chicken, green chiles and the rest of the cheese. Fold over the tortilla.
  • Heat a frying pan and spray with cooking spray. Cook tortilla over high heat. Flip when browned. Remove from pan and cut into four pieces. Serve with sour cream and hot sauce. We hope you enjoy this delicious recipe for quesadillas!
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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