Teriyaki Chicken Quesadillas

Switch up dinner tonight with a twist on classic chicken quesadillas to surprise the whole family! Think beyond just a simple cheese filling and instead pack tortillas with seasoned chicken and pineapple chunks lathered in homemade sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce. But don’t stop by making only one homemade sauce, go the extra mile by making your own delicious and easy homemade creamy Sriracha dipping sauce too. While this teriyaki chicken quesadilla recipe takes about an hour to make, we promise all of the flavor is worth it.
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50 Minutes Prep
50 Minutes Total
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4 Servings


Ingredient List
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh gingerroot
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 cups fully cooked deli chicken, chopped
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained (from 6-oz can)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 4 Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for burritos (from 11-oz package)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
Preparation
  1. In small bowl, mix Dipping Sauce ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make Teriyaki Sauce: In 8-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Cook garlic, gingerroot and Sriracha in oil 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until fragrant but not browned. Stir in soy sauce and brown sugar; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until sugar is melted, and mixture is bubbling. In small bowl, beat cornstarch and cold water with whisk; add to soy mixture. Cook 30 to 60 seconds, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to simmer and has thickened. Transfer to small heatproof bowl.
  3. To make Quesadillas, add chicken, pineapple and 1/4 cup of the teriyaki sauce to same skillet; heat over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is completely heated through.
  4. On half of each tortilla, layer 1/2 cup of the cheese and 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture; top each with 2 tablespoons bell pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons green onion. Drizzle 1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce over vegetables; fold tortillas in half. Brush top of each quesadilla with about 1/2 teaspoon of the oil.
  5. Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 quesadillas in skillet, oil sides down; brush top sides with about 1/2 teaspoon of the oil. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Carefully turn quesadillas; cook 1 to 2 minutes longer or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla in 4 pieces; serve with dipping sauce and extra teriyaki sauce.
Expert Tips
  • When filling your tortilla, remember to keep the ingredients on one side! If your ingredients are packed in too thick, the tortilla won’t cook evenly. Make sure your skillet is preheated before cooking your tortillas to get the best crisp!
  • For the dipping sauce, use three teaspoons of Sririacha if you want a little more spice to compliment the sweet.
  • If you need to save a little time, use bottled teriyaki sauce instead of making your own homemade teriyaki sauce.
  • What can we say - we love quesadillas! Get inspired by these other fan-favorite recipes for Breakfast Quesadillas, Grilled Quesadillas and Chicken Chili Quesadillas.
Nutrition
4 servings

1 Serving Calories 760 (Calories from Fat 430);  Total Fat 48g  (Saturated Fat 14g,  Trans Fat 1/2g); Cholesterol 110mg;  Sodium 1880mg;  Total Carbohydrate 45g  (Dietary Fiber 1g,  Sugars 19g);  Protein 38g  

% Daily Value: Vitamin A  25%;  Vitamin C  25%;  Calcium 45%;  Iron  15%;  

Exchanges: 3 Starch, 2 Very Lean Meat, 7 Fat