Apple Chicken Quesadilla


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

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.

kids love 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

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


  • 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


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.

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Apple Chicken Quesadilla
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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Misha Shamhaad

    It’s delicious.
    It has a lot of apple.

  2. Jamie

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


  3. 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.


  4. Catherine

    Made this for my friends for a little get together and they thought it was much better than the old fashioned hot dogs and hamburgers..haha thanks for the recipe!


  5. JaneG

    Googled apple tortillas and found your recipe :-) I made this a Weight Watcher-friendly recipe, and it came out to 9 Pts+ for one good size, filling, delicious quesadilla using 2 low-carb, high-fiber whole wheat tortillas (50 cal)and low-fat sharp cheddar cheese. I loaded the bottom tortilla with all ingredients (heated apple slices and cold cooked chicken in pan first), then topped with second tortilla. When cheese melted and heated through, I cut into triangles for ease of eating. Tried sprinkling apples with a small amount of cinnamon & sugar when I don’t have salsa – delicious! (This makes one large serving or two smaller ones, depending on your appetite.)

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