I really love quesadillas. They’re so versatile- you can just throw in whatever you have on hand for a delicious meal! Have leftover grilled chicken? Throw it in! That’s the beauty of quesadillas; they transform ordinary leftovers into a whole new meal! However, the ingredients I used for these quesadillas were definitely not leftovers- I specifically bought them with this recipe in mind because I just couldn’t wait to try them! It wasn’t very cold outside, so I had Joel grill up some chicken breasts lightly brushed with barbecue sauce, then I sliced them thinly and paired them with sliced tomatoes, avocados, Monterrey Jack cheese and a little cilantro- WOW, what a quick, delicious meal! These were so good, I made them again the following night! I served them with some oven baked sweet potato fries and it was the perfect meal. One I’ll be making on a regular basis.

Chicken, Avocado and Tomato Quesadillas
-my own recipe

4 flour tortillas
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
barbecue sauce, for brushing
salt and pepper
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1/2-3/4 cup Monterrey Jack cheese (depending on how cheesy you like them)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then brush with barbecue sauce and grill over medium-high heat, until fully cooked (approximately 6 minutes on each side). Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice into thin strips.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place two of the tortillas on a baking sheet and top each with half of the cheese. Top with the chicken, then sliced avocado and tomato. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese and the cilantro. Place the other two tortillas on top. Brush the outer edges with a little water to keep them from turning up during baking (you can even do this with your finger).
Bake for approximately 6-8 minutes, until cheese is fully melted. Cut into quarters and serve.

Serves 2.

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  1. OMG, I have all of these ingredients on hand! I think I know what I’m having for lunch today!! :)

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    amy Reply:

    Oh good, Nikki!! I hope you like them!! Enjoy your lunch! :)

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    Comment by Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) — January 24, 2011 @ 12:10 PM

  2. Great combination. I love avocado in my quesadillas, so delicious!

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    Comment by Chicago Cuisine Critique — January 24, 2011 @ 1:44 PM

  3. I’m so jealous that you’re grilling! This sounds so yummy but it’s below 0 here so I’ll have to make mine inside :)

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    Comment by Tracey — January 24, 2011 @ 3:04 PM

  4. Hehe, sorry Tracey! That definitely is an advantage to living in Texas- being able to grill in the winter! :)

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    Comment by amy — January 24, 2011 @ 3:11 PM

  5. I love simple meals. This looks so delicious and great addition to the rotation. Move over Taco Night, Quesadilla is in the house.

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    Comment by Gabby@FoodChowDown — January 24, 2011 @ 3:42 PM

  6. LOL, Gabby! Hope you enjoy!

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    Comment by amy — January 24, 2011 @ 3:45 PM

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  8. That sounds like a great combination!! The creamy-ness of the avocado with the tang of the bbq sauce!! YUM!!

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    Comment by pup — January 24, 2011 @ 7:02 PM

  9. I can’t wait to try this!! I may even make a trip to the store tomorrow so we can eat these this week!!

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    Comment by Crystal — January 24, 2011 @ 9:51 PM

  10. Oh goodness, these look incredibly good. I’m going to try these tomorrow.

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    Comment by Antonia MW — January 25, 2011 @ 10:40 AM

  11. I made these last night and they were delish! I had never baked quesadillas before, but now I will always do that instead of doing them in a frying pan. Thanks for the great idea!

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    amy Reply:

    Thanks Christy! I’m so glad you liked them! :)

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    Comment by Christy — January 26, 2011 @ 8:46 AM

  12. Oh my… can’t wait to try this. My mouth is watering!

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    Comment by Melissa — January 27, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

  13. Just made these tonight and WOW they were delish! Thanks for something new to add into the rotation:) Even my little girl loved it!

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    amy Reply:

    Thanks Amy! I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed them! Thanks for telling me! Have a great weekend!

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    Comment by Amy Lyerly — January 28, 2011 @ 6:54 PM

  14. So simple yet so delicious! This looks awesome Amy.

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  16. This looks so yummy! Pinning it to my mexican board for sure! I can’t wait to make this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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