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Spicy Chicken Quesadillas

Jul 23, 2013 09:38AM ● By Cate Reynolds

An easy go-to meal in our house is the quesadilla. They are simple to whip up and come in just under the 500 calorie dinner range. These quesadillas pack a little spicy punch to liven up your taste buds.


For spice mix:
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt

For quesadilla:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 chicken breast, sliced into strips
2 ounces cheese (Cabot Jalapeno cheddar was used in this preparation)
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 small avocado, mashed and divided
4 small flour tortillas
6 ounces non-fat Greek yogurt


Blend the spice mix in a small bowl. Coat the chicken evenly in the mix. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a sauce pan over medium high. Add half the chicken and cook for five minutes per side. Remove to a plate. Add remaining olive oil and chicken and repeat until chicken is cooked through. On a clean, flat surface, begin assembling your quesadilla. Lay two tortillas flat. Add avocado to each tortilla, spreading it across. Add 1 ounces of cheese to each tortilla on top of the avocado. Next, sprinkle red onion and bell pepper on top of the cheese. Divide the chicken into 3 ounce servings. Add the chicken on top of the veggies and place the remaining tortillas on top. Spray a frying pan with non-stick spray and heat it over medium. Add the quesadillas, one at a time. Cook for five minutes until crisp, then carefully flip. Cook for five minutes until the other side is crisp then remove to a plate. Slice it and top it with 3 ounces Greek yogurt.

Serves 2

With 3 ounces of Greek yogurt and cheese that is 70 calories per ounce, this quesadilla clocks in at 464 calories per serving.