Pesto Chicken Quesadillas #SecretRecipeClub

It’s time for July’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal!  In SRC, members are assigned another participating blogger, find a recipe that strikes their fancy, makes it, and reveal on the selected day (interested?  Click that link to join the fun!)

This month, I was assigned Nicola’s blog, Lemon & Cheese.  Nicola is a librarian in London (Nicola – we need to talk books!  I’m a bibliophile an always have a book in hand!)  Nicola also loves trying new foods, but tends toward simple recipes using fresh ingredients and freezer/pantry staples.

Nicola has been blogging for a long time, so her recipe index is extensive!  I had such fun looking through!  I’ve been reading quite a lot of British novels lately (Harry Potter, 101 Dalmatians, & Scarlet Feather (actually Irish, but there’s some food overlap) spring to mind), so I was immediately drawn to recipes like Steak & Kidney Pie and Treacle Tart.  I also had my eye on Funfetti Shortbread, because I’m a sucker for cookies and sprinkles!

But what really won me over was Pesto and Chicken Quesadillas.  I LOVE quesadillas!  I love traditional quesadillas and I love to play with flavors, so these were right up my alley!

The quesadillas were absolutely delish!  I mean, it’s pesto & cheese and chicken!  How can you go wrong?

Now, I have to warn you, these aren’t exactly diet food.  Between the olive oil laden pesto & the cheese, they can get a bit greasy, but they are so so worth it!

Recipe Notes
-I used some leftover grilled, season chicken.  Rotisserie chicken would also be tasty.

Pesto Chicken Quesadillas
Adapted from Lemon and Cheese

6 flour or corn tortillas (6-inch taco size)
½ cup pesto
4 oz cooked chicken, shredded or diced
1 tomato, diced
1 – 1 ½ cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded

Preheat a Foreman grill or panini press.

Spread the pesto over each of the tortillas.  Divide the chicken and tomato between three of the tortillas and top with plenty of cheese.  Top with the remaining tortillas (pesto side down) and place in the grill until the tortilla is browned and the cheese is melty.  Serve immediately

Serves 3

Want more?  Try these quesadilla combinations!

Easy Chicken Quesadillas

Cheddar BLT Quesadillas

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Chicken Caprese Quesadillas


  1. So good, and easy, too!! perfect combo!

  2. ooh - looks delicious and a great way to use up leftover chicken!
    Great SRC choice

  3. These sound divine! Hubby and I would enjoy eating these quesadillas.

  4. Great choice Amy....Quesadillas are perfect for a busy summer night.

  5. I would have never thought to introduce pesto to a quesadilla! This would be a delicious light dinner!

  6. Man I love pesto and I have some chicken in the fridge for which this would be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I love quesadillas any time of day. I have a breakfast one that I love! This one sounds divine for lunch with a bowl of homemade tomato soup!

  8. You really do love qusadillas! Lol. I like this take, I'll have to try it.

  9. I love quesadillas and don't eat nearly enough of them. Love the use of pesto!

  10. Love different twists on quesadillas! I'm also a fan of pesto, so I'm thinking I just might have to give these quesadillas a try! :)

  11. Quesadillas are always a win for a quick dinner.

  12. Love this take on quesadillas! Yummy flavors. Visiting from SRC B


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