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Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas

Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas with Cilantro-Lime Crema

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Combining spiced and shredded chicken with Monterey Jack, Cheddar, and spinach, this twist on the Mexican classic is as fun to eat as it is to make with your dinner companions. Chef Tim is sharing his tips for getting a helper involved, from picking the cilantro leaves to build-your-own quesadilla time before baking. The finished product is crispy, melty, and spicy (if you wish!)—and, best of all, it’ll give you just a little more time together with good company.


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By Chef Tim

By Chef Tim

Nutritional info

  • Calories 960
  • Protein 67g
  • Total Carb 62g
  • Total Fat 49g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
    boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • baby spinach
    3 ounces
    baby spinach
  • cilantro
    1/8 ounce
  • lime
  • garlic
    1 clove
  • red onion
    red onion
  • flour tortillas
    flour tortillas
  • shredded Cheddar cheese
    3 ounces
    shredded Cheddar cheese
  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    3 ounces
    shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • nonfat sour cream
    2 ounces
    nonfat sour cream
  • Cholula hot sauce
    1 packet
    Cholula hot sauce
  • ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon
    ground cumin
  • chili powder
    1 teaspoon
    chili powder
  • dried Mexican oregano
    1 teaspoon
    dried Mexican oregano

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 12" large pan
  • baking sheet

Cooking Steps

  1. Cook chicken

    Cook chicken

    Preheat oven to 450ºF. Pat chicken dry with paper towel and season all over with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add chicken and sear until cooked through and no longer pink, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside to rest for about 5 minutes, reserving pan for Step 3.

  2. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    While chicken cooks, rinse spinach and roughly chop. Rinse cilantro and roughly chop leaves, discarding stems (or get a kitchen helper involved by tearing the leaves into small pieces—they can also use a pair of kitchen scissors!). Halve lime. Mince garlic. Peel onion and cut into small dice. 

  3. Sauté aromatics and shred chicken

    Sauté aromatics and shred chicken

    Add ½ tablespoon olive oil to pan from chicken over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add spice mix, garlic, and onion. Cook until fragrant and softened, 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred chicken into bite-size pieces. Once aromatics are cooked, remove pan from heat, then stir in shredded chicken and spinach.

  4. Build quesadillas

    Build quesadillas

    Rub a baking sheet with 2 teaspoons olive oil, then add 2 tortillas in a single layer. Layer with half of Cheddar and half of Monterey Jack, then chicken mixture, dividing evenly. Finish with remaining Cheddar and remaining Monterey Jack, then remaining tortillas. Brush tops of quesadillas with 1 teaspoon olive oil each, then bake until golden, 5-7 minutes.

  5. Make cilantro-lime crema

    Make cilantro-lime crema

    While quesadillas bake, in a small bowl, combine sour cream, cilantro, juice of ½ lime, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired. Stir to combine. Save remaining lime for a batch of homemade guacamole.

  6. Plate quesadillas

    Plate quesadillas

    Using a thin spatula, carefully loosen chicken and spinach quesadillas from baking sheet and transfer to a cutting board. Quarter quesadillas, divide between serving plates, and spoon over cilantro-lime crema. Drizzle over Cholula hot sauce for a little spiciness, if desired. Enjoy!

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