Chicken Fajita or Quesadillas? What is it??

They look like a Quesadillas but tastes like a Fajita

05 February 2018

Chicken Fajita or Quesadillas? What is it??

I was so confused by the recipe name. What was this, a Chicken Fajita or Quesadillas?

The picture looks like it is a Quesadillas but it says Fajita.  I always thought they tasted similar except the final step in prep made then different.  One had all the ingredients inside two tortillas and the other you served it with tortillas and then created a wrap.

Basically for a Fajita you lay out all the cooked ingredients and let everyone put it on a Tortilla. You add what you like and then roll it up and eat it.
For Quesadillas it is pretty much has the same ingredients but a tortilla is placed in a frying pan , ingredients are added, and another tortilla is place on top.

In the end who cares if it tastes amazing!!!  Right!!

Chicken Fajita or Quesadillas???

Finally here is why this recipe is called both names.  You add fajita seasoning but prepare it like a Quesadillas!

How  simple is that?  It really ups the taste level in the Quesadillas?  I don’t think I will make a Quesadillas again with out this secret ingredient. Not much of a secret since it is on the web!!

chicken-fajita-quesadillas- fajita mix

chicken-fajita-quesadillas- fajita mix

Too make this fast I used chicken from a Costco rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cheese.

If I could buy pre-cut onions and peppers, I would have. So, the first thing I get out of the way is cutting up the onions and the peppers. I only use yellow or orange peppers because I am not fond of green or red peppers.  However, the green and red peppers add so much more colour and is more typical.

Chicken Fajita or Quesadillas Instructions

The recipe called for mixing the chicken with the fajita seasoning and then cooking.  But since I was using already cooked chicken I put the  the chicken in a non stick frying pan with some oil. Sprinkled  fajita seasoning on top, mixed it in and cook until the chicken was warm.

Once the chicken is heated and seasoning well mixed remove it from the frying pan and wipe clean.
Place chicken in a oven proof dish and place in a 200 degree oven.

Add more olive oil, add onion, peppers and more Fajita mix. Stir and cook until onions and peppers are slightly soft.
Remove the onion and peppers and add to the chicken dish.
Wipe the frying pan clean.

Spray pan with cooking spray or add butter and let it melt.  Take the tortilla and swirl it around the pan so it has the oil all over it the one side.
Then sprinkle some cheese on top, then add chicken, peppers, onions and then another layer of cheese.
I like having a cheese layer touching the tortilla so they stick together better.

After the cheese has melted then flip to the other side.  ( this is not the easiest thing to do, just go for it! )
Once it is fully heated then place in oven on 200 degrees on a baking sheet and repeat.

chicken-fajita-quesadillas- with condiments, sour cream and salsa

chicken-fajita-quesadillas- with condiments, sour cream and salsa

Add chicken and what do you have?
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  • • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • • 2 tbsp fajita mix
  • • 3 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • • 1 red bell pepper
  • • 1 green bell pepper
  • • 2 onions
  • • 1 cup Tex Mex cheese or cheddar cheese (buy pre-shredded)
  • • 8 tortillas
  • • 2 tbsp butter or vegetable spray
  • For condiments, sour cream and salsa


  • 1. Slice onions and peppers in strips. Clean and slice the chicken
  • 2. Slice chicken breasts into long strips and place in a bowl and add a tablespoon of fajita mix.
  • ( If using cooked rotisserie chicken, add directly to pan and sprinkle with fajita seasoning and mix well.)
  • 3.In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil and add the chicken to it. Cook chicken for 5 to 10 minutes until it's fully cooked and no longer pink.
  • Remove chicken from skillet, and place in a heat proof dish an place in the oven to keep warm.
  • 4. Add another tbsp of olive oil to the skillet and heat it up. Add the onion and cook for a couple minutes until it's slightly translucent. Add the peppers and the fajita mix and mix well. Cook for a couple more minutes so the peppers cook slightly. Add onions and peppers to the chicken dish. Keep seperated.
  • 5. Wipe the skillet clean and add butter or cooking spray. Add a tortilla and move it around until it's buttery. Add a layer of cheese and then chicken, onion and peppers. Add another layer if cheese. Place another tortilla on top and pat it down.
  • 6. Heat and when golden then flip.
  • place Quesadillas on a baking tray and in 200 degree oven.
  • 7. Repeat these steps with the remaining tortillas.
  • Serve this with some sour cream and salsa.


Looking for another chicken recipe then you may want to try our Indian Coconut Curry Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

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