Mesquite Chicken Quesadillas with Chunky Avocado & Pineapple Relish

Quesadillas for dinnerrr!!!

Or lunch.  Or a snack.  Or every and any meal for as many days as you can handle because.. hellooo!  You know you want to eat that stack.

And can we talk for a second about chunky avocado?  Greatest. ‘dilla. addition. ever!  And those mesquite chicken breasts?  YES.  Finally I can eat quesadillas for dinn-dinn and not feel like a 4 year-old, even though I’m an adult who just said “dinn-dinn”, so I’m losing cred quickly.  Point is, these cheesy, chunky, chicken-y little thangs aren’t just dinner done easy, they’re any meal done easy.  And we’re going to eat them right now.

A hundred years ago when I made these tostadas (aka 8 months, because I’m a dramatic cow), I told you all about dear Dave and his love of me… Mexican.  I yammered on about how my usually Mexi-less menu gives Dave a case of the sads, and that I don’t cook all that much Mexican but I’m just not that irrationally obsessed with the land of burritos and tacos.

WELL.  Things have changed.

When I received these yummy Mesquite Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts from Perdue, I knew I wanted to concoct a recipe with a Southwestern, Tex-Mex kinda feel.  To be honest I actually have no clue what “Tex-Mex” really is, but I always remember picking it as a clue in Carmen Sandiego, so I think of it fondly.  Anyhoo, my goal was to create a majorly delish dish that matched the chicken’s mesquite flavor and was easy, tasty, and quick.  How I ended up on quesadillas, I’m not even sure, but I’m sort of scared that I did.  Because you KNOW what’s coming next.

Obv I’ve been housing these for like 15 days straight.

Okay…15 days is a bit hysteric.  But three dinners in a row plus a few odds bites of cold leftovers in-between?  That definitely qualifies as “Entry Level” in the Christine Scale of Escalating Obsessive Behavior {copyright pending}.  I didn’t think I would ever see the day where I flipped my lid over Mexican, but here I am, getting all overzealous and insane and prepped for my padded cell.

These radilla-‘dillas (I’m embarrassing) are stacked, spilling over with black beans, corn, avos, pepper jack cheese, and chunked up mesquite chicken.  With so much goodness to shove in your face, they shut it down whether you’re just a lil bit hungry or could eat your own hand, which is basically how I feel after skipping one meal.  The Perfect Portions really come in handy here, letting you scale this recipe to exactly how much you want to cook, whether it’s for the moment, the day, the week, whenever!  And of course I’ll suggest you prepare for “whenever”, because when hunger strikes at 3am you will THANK ME that these are lying around.

The corn/black bean/avocado blend is totally on-point, but if you want to get a little more wild toss in some tomatoes and onion too.  Pepper jack cheese?  A must, in my opinion, but cheddar or mozzarella would also taste pretty bomb.  And the chicken!!  Oh this lovely mesquite chicken.  So juicy and tender it never gets dry, even after double cooking between the skillet and the oven.  And when you get that one perfect mouthful of every delicious ingredient?  Heaven.

BUT!  There’s one more thing – The pineapple relish!!  This is what really takes these from omg! to ohemgee!!! levels of yes.  With so much savory going on I needed a touch of tart and sweetness to balance my ‘dilla out, and this relish totally does the trick.  I’m partial to pineapple, but this basic relish recipe would work great with mangos or strawberries too, so pick your fancy!  Either way just be sure you slop some major rel-rel on top before digging in, because it tastes sooo freakin’ good.

Like, muy bueno yo.

Mesquite Chicken Quesadillas with Chunky Avocado & Pineapple Relish

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Ingredients:

  • QUESADILLAS:
  • 1 lb Perdue Perfect Portions Mesquite Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 1/2 can Sweet Corn (from a 15 oz can)
  • 1/2 can Black Beans (from a 15 oz can)
  • 1 -2 Medium Avocados
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
  • PAM to grease
  • RELISH:
  • 8 oz Crushed Pineapple (drained slightly of its juices)
  • 2 tbsps Diced Jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.  Saute chicken breasts in amply greased skillet over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, turning over as needed.  Place cooked chicken on cutting board and cut into bite size chunks, then set aside.  Next, slice avocados into chunky strips.
  2. Amply spray one side of tortilla, then lay greased-side down on baking sheet.  Sprinkle with pepper jack cheese, then spoon over with corn, black beans, and chicken.  Lastly layer with a few pieces of avocado, then more cheese, then one more tortilla, spraying the top with PAM as you do.  Repeat with remaining ingredients and tortillas.
  3. Place quesadillas in oven and bake for 10 minutes, then carefully flip over and return to oven for 5 minutes more.  While quesadillas bake, combine all relish ingredients.  When ready to serve, allow quesadillas to cool slightly, the cut and top with relish for plating.

*I was compensated for this post as part of my participation in the Perdue “Perfect Portions” Campaign.  All opinions expressed are my own.

eat ‘em allll.

 

 

 

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38 Responses to “Mesquite Chicken Quesadillas with Chunky Avocado & Pineapple Relish”

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — July 24, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    I love quesadillas! Your pineapple relish seriously sounds amazing. You’ve got me craving quesadillas for dinner now!

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    • Christine replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

      thanks Nat! the pineapple relish is sooo good, I’ve been slopping it on everything lol.

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    Pat — July 24, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

    This looks wonderful, all the goodies in them that I love. And the relish is an interesting touch. Pinning! Thanks, :)

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    • Christine replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 9:53 am

      thanks so much Pat!

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    CakePants — July 24, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

    I am totally on board with quesadillas that are spiffy enough to serve for dinner, and that pineapple relish sounds AMAZING. I’ve had pineapple in tamales (and loved it), so I’m looking forward to trying this!!

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    • Christine replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 9:53 am

      the pineapple relish goes with everything, def be sure to make that! and yes I loved that these ‘dillas could be dinner, lunch, or a snack – Anytime is the best time lol

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods — July 25, 2014 @ 12:27 am

    Christine, I’m reading this and am convinced you’re are using sublimal messages on me. All I can think is I WANT these quesadillas! Either that or these just look so darn good. I know if you put a plate of these in front of me I would be one happy girl.

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    • Christine replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 9:56 am

      HAH I’m so glad my crafty ways are working ;) get cookin’!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite — July 25, 2014 @ 6:48 am

    Oh heck yea… quesadillas are the perfect lunch/dinner/snack/breakfast/4thmeal…. pretty much want them all the time haha. Loving that pineapple relish!

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    • Christine replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 10:16 am

      haha I knew you’d love these Chris, thanks!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — July 25, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    I’m hangry! I wish I had these for breakfast right this very second…..

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    • Christine replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 10:19 am

      haha I feel like I’m always hangry! thanks Nicole :)

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    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 25, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    Christine, you can totally eat quesadillas for dinner…you just have to add lots of good stuff to them which is exactly what you did here! Omg…mesquite chicken sounds amazing. I love smoky spicy flavors + fruit salsa to coool it down…girl, I get it!

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    • Christine replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

      yay thanks so much Bri! I love when people get the “vibe” :)

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — July 25, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

    These look like pretty much the best quesadillas ever!!! That chunky guac – omg, yum!!!!

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    • Christine replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

      going through a major avo phase right now, so I had to throw them in there! thanks Cate!

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — July 25, 2014 @ 11:22 pm

    These look delish and your posts always make me laugh!!

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    • Christine replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

      always happy to get a laugh!!

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — July 26, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    Ooooh I’m loving everything about these quesadillas!! I fully support ‘dillas for dinner. :)

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    • Christine replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

      thanks Alyssa!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs — July 27, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    That pineapple relish sounds like the best thing on Earth oh my wow. And I’m a big fan of the land of quesadillas, jalapeños and stuff so these need to happen here as soon as possible! Gorgeous shots too! xxxx

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    • Christine replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

      the relish is mayj, 100% make it!! thanks Conseulo

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — July 27, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    I am a huge fan of quesadillas, and these look amazing! I especially love the avocados and pineapple in here. So perfect for the summer. Pinned!

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    • Christine replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

      thanks so much Gayle!! xx

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    Lauren @ Hall Nesting — July 28, 2014 @ 9:19 am

    First – Carmen Sandiego – love! haha Second – you know Mexican is my jam! I have never paired avocado and pineapple together – I’ll have to give it a try.

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    • Christine replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

      ohhh Lauren, I can always count on you to get me!!! and I know it’s kind of a weird combo, but the pineapple & avo play off each other SO well, I actually ordered a burger with both this weekend :)

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    Ami@naivecookcooks — July 28, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    This looks like the best dinner ever!! I am loving that avocado-pineapple relish you made!

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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — July 29, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    Omg!! These look like the best thing ever. Just got back from vaca and need to get creative with dinners again. This is going to the top of the list!

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    • Christine replied: — July 29th, 2014 @ 10:28 am

      definitely whip up a batch of these!! leftoverrrs for days and they are so so yummy :)

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — July 29, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    I could go for one of these any time of the day ;). I am a huge sucker for quesadillas and your flavor combo definitely takes it up a notch!

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    • Christine replied: — July 29th, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

      thanks so much Kathi!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — August 3, 2014 @ 1:48 am

    these quesadillas look AMAZING.. so beautifully captured too. i definitely could devour many right now!

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    • Christine replied: — August 4th, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

      thanks so much Thalia!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — August 8, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    Not a huge black bean fan but these make me want to try them again. You may turn me into a lover after all! Have a great weekend Christine!

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    Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen — August 9, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

    I could have quesadillas for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yours look fabulous, I love your pictures! Would definitely give this recipe a try :).

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    Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen — August 12, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

    These quesadillas look delicious! I love avocados, black beans AND pineapples…these sound perfect for me!

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    • Christine replied: — August 12th, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

      it’s sooo good girrrl – get into it! xx

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