Grilled Chicky-Dillas with Easy Charro Beans


Chicken Quesadillas, less fat then the typical restaurant favorite and more flavor.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time Total : About 30 min

Serves: 2


  • 1 6oz Chicken Breast (if you’re in a rush and are making more than 2 servings, buy a hot and ready rotisserie chicken from the market).
  • 4 whole wheat fresh tortillas
  • 1/4 of a yellow bell, chopped
  • 1/4 of a red bell, chopped
  • 1/4 of a purple or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green onion chopped (chive part too)
  • 1-2 TBS of Smart Balance Spread or your oil/butter/spray of choice
  • 1 cup Kraft Mexican Authentic Shredded Cheese
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder  to season chicken breast


  1. Season chicken breast and cook until done throughly.
  2. Chop up produce evenly while chicken cooks and reserve in a small bowl.
  3. Once chicken is done place on chopping block and shred with two forks, set aside.
  4. Set skillet on medium heat and let it heat up, about 3 min.
  5. Add 1/2 tbs of Smart Balance to skillet and rub first tortilla around on the skillet, add 1/4 cup of cheese to the quesadilla, add 2 spoonfuls of veggie mix, top with a handful of the shredded chicken, and then top with 1/4 cup cheese and a quesadilla.
  6. Cook for about 3-4 min then carefully flip.
  7. Repeat process #5 for the remaining quesadilla.

Serve with light sour cream and salsa


  • 1 small can of pinto beans
  • 1 small can of  Rotel, mild
  • 1 tsp each of: salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin (add more or less to taste).
  • 4 spoonfuls of quesadilla veggie mix


  • Combine all ingredients and let simmer for 20 min on low.
  • Top the finished beans with a spoonful of any remaining veggie mix for some fresh crunch.

This is a great option if you are craving some cheesy quesadillas from you favorite restaurant but don’t want to go out and spend   money.  This dish only costs about $8 to make and you will have left over ingredients so you can make these again later in the week or use the versatile ingredients for another recipe.

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About zestybeandog

I live in Austin with my wonderful husband, dog Ginger, and cat Skiddy. We are a pretty laid back group (except for Ginger). When I'm not teaching yoga, personal training, or dog walking... I'm in the kitchen. I'm always experimenting with new ingredients and thinking of ways to prepare fresh foods in a unique way. I hope to update the blog 4-5 times a week. I've had several friends, family, and clients inquire about my recipes so here it goes. What to expect: Healthy recipes that are good for you, some classics (that have been spruced up), some not so healthy recipes (still made with quality ingredients that can be enjoyed in moderation), and beer and wine parings/reviews! I hope you enjoy, cheers!

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