Apple Chicken Quesadilla

Kid-friendly Chicken Apple Quesadillas! Toasted flour tortillas with melted cheese, apple slices, chicken, and salsa.

Jump to Recipe
Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I was charged with providing lunch for several kids (ages 4, 6, 7, and 9) a few days ago and prepared for them one of my favorite quickie lunches—chicken and apple quesadillas.

The kids gobbled them up, and one of them, Teddy, exclaimed loudly after the first one, “Elise, you HAVE to put these on your website!” The others nodded in agreement, while busily chomping away.

Quesadillas are typically made with just tortillas and cheese (in Mexico typically one would use corn tortillas, closer to the border flour tortillas are often used).

Apple Chicken Quesadilla

I first started adding thin slices of apples to my quesadillas decades ago. Apples and cheese naturally go well together in general, and they are just as good together in a quesadilla.

Add a few strips of cooked chicken and a little salsa, and you have a perfect easy meal!

So for all you quesadilla-loving kids out there, here you go!

Apple Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Print
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 quesadilla triangles

Ingredients

  • 4 Flour tortillas (approximately 8-inches wide)
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded or chopped, chicken meat
  • 1/4 lb cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, sliced or grated
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1/4 cup salsa

Method

1 Heat the tortilla until puffy: Heat a large skillet on medium high heat. Place one tortilla in the skillet.

Flip it a couple of times with a spatula, then let it sit in the pan heating up until air pockets form and parts of the tortilla begin to puff up. Flip it again.

2 Add cheese and chicken, fold over: Place cheese slices on half of the tortilla, at least 1/2-inch from the edge of the tortilla. Add chicken pieces on top of the cheese. Fold the tortilla over like an omelette, and press down on the folded tortilla with the spatula. Lower the heat to medium.

At this point, if you have enough room in your skillet, you can add a second tortilla to the pan to begin to heat it up.

3 Add apple slices and salsa, cut into triangles: When the cheese inside the quesadilla has melted, remove the quesadilla to a cutting board. Open it wide and layer on apple slices and salsa.

Fold the tortilla back again, and cut it into 3 triangles, as if you were cutting a pie. (You don't have to cut the quesadilla into triangles, it just makes it easier for kids to eat.)

4 Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Hello! All photos and content are copyright protected. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to Apple Chicken Quesadilla on Simply Recipes. Thank you!

Print

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #simplyrecipes — We love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!

Apple Chicken Quesadilla
Piper and her kay-sa-DEE-ya.

Showing 4 of 37 Comments

  • Jamie

    These are amazing!! I love quesadillas and never thought of putting apples in with them. Great idea!

  • J

    Tried this for last might for dinner. So easy to make and tastes so good. Definitely one of my favorites now. I grilled apples and chicken breast seasoned with Cajun spices then omitted salsa still it came out great, too. Thank you for sharing.

  • Christina

    Gosh, we love quesadillas. It’s so cute to hear my 2 year old say that word, too! It’s my favorite way to “sneak” ingredients into my kids bellies without them picking them out of recipes- for some reason they don’t open up the quesadilla and investigate!

    I have one improvement to the quesadilla that I learned on America’s Test Kitchen. We brush each side with a little canola oil and sprinkle kosher salt on it. Then do the pan thing. It tastes like a tortilla chip! Yum!

    Thanks for expanding my horizon with the apple inside.

  • Robin

    I tried this recipe for lunch earlier this week and loved it. I conviced my husband to try it today, and he thought they were great, too!

    Thanks for the easy recipe!

  • rhiannon

    Just made these a few minutes ago. They were delicious! My husband refused to eat it with the apples in it, and had them on the side instead. But I personally thought they were great! The perfect amount of cruncy.

View More Comments / Leave a Comment
Apple Chicken QuesadillaApple Chicken Quesadilla