Naked Veggie Quesadilla

Here's the Dish

As I’ve shared before, I love Mexican food, and Chicken Quesadillas are one of my most favorite Mexican dishes! I think they are wonderful because they remind me of a grilled panini sandwich (which I love), but they also have all of the delicious ‘South of the Border’ flavors that I enjoy, such as salsa and sour cream~ Yum!  So…What makes this quesadilla ‘naked’ you may ask?!? Well…quesadillas get their name from the Spanish word “Queso” which means cheese.  They are generally made by melting cheese inside a tortilla.

My Naked “Veggie” Quesadillas are different because they have all of the wonderful rich flavors of a cheesy quesadilla without the added calories! Also, this version happens to be totally meat free, so it would be great for a vegetarian as well, (although it’s just as delicious with regular chicken!)

These Naked Quesadillas are extremly easy to make and they are packed with protein and fiber, so they are a great go-to meal when you’re hungry and want to prepare a delicious meal that doesn’t take long too cook!

(Feel free to make them more ‘traditional’ by simply adding 1/4 cup of light cheddar or mozzarella cheese for only 80 more calories!)

Method

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 10 Minutes.

1

Start by adding the chicken to a pre-heated skillet (over medium high heat) sprayed with cooking spray.

2

Add salsa, ranch/sour cream and seasonings to the skillet with the chicken. Add the veggies and the water to the skillet once the chicken is cooked about half way through.

3

Cook until chicken is cooked through and golden brown and the veggies are tender.

4

Take one tortilla (or one half of a large tortilla) and place it on a pre-heated panini grill (or a pre-heated non-stick skillet).

5

Place chicken and veggies over the first tortilla, and add the other tortilla over the top. (If you desire, add cheese here!)

6

Close panini grill and remove quesadilla when tortillas are perfectly toasted on the outside! (If using a skillet, simply flip quesadilla to toast each side evenly).

7

Serve warm with more salsa for dipping if desired!

Ingredients

2 Low carb wraps (50 calories each or 1 large wrap cut in half)
2 Chicken tenderloins (regular chicken or meat free chicken)
1 cup Veggies of Choice1
1/4 cup Water
1/2 cupSalsa
1 tbs Light ranch or light sour cream
1 tsp Taco seasoning
OptionalPinch of garlic powder/I also like to add a pinch of Stevia or Splenda for a light sweetness to balance out the salty/spicy flavors

1 I used a mix with frozen bell peppers, broccoli, corn and onion

Katie's Tip!

Feel free to make them more ‘traditional’ by simply adding 1/4 cup of light cheddar or mozzarella cheese for only 80 more calories!

Nutrition Breakdown

1 Serving
273 Calories Per Serving
6 g Fat
35 g Carbohydrate
18 g Fiber
3 g Sugar
32 g Protein
7 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

13 Comments

lisa said:

that looks really goood! i wanna find those tortillas so I can make these!

March 27th, 2011 — 9:25am  |  Reply

Ashley Marg said:

mmmmmm!!! i feel like i’ve posted this on other recipes, but girl.. you and i must have the same taste buds :) i could eat a chicken and veggie quesadilla every day i think!! i’ve never tried the salsa, sour cream, and seasoning combo though.. something my husband would most definitely love! thanks.. once again :D

March 27th, 2011 — 12:09pm  |  Reply

Liz @ IHeartVegetables said:

Wow, that looks so good! I have some vegan chicken wing things that someone brought over for a super bowl party and they’ve been sitting in my freezer! I’m not usually a big faux meat person, but this recipe looks PERFECT!

March 27th, 2011 — 7:42pm  |  Reply

Cheryl said:

My Boyfriend pretty much looked at these and said “Must have for lunch”

March 28th, 2011 — 7:37am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

these look delicious! I have made your corn and black bean tacos into quesadillas and they were awesome, but i’m so excited to try an actual quesadilla recipe!

March 28th, 2011 — 8:21am  |  Reply

Jenny said:

I love quesadillas! Those look fabulous! :D

March 29th, 2011 — 12:06pm  |  Reply

Dominique @ The Good Life said:

This looks FANTASTIC! I’m definitely trying this next time I go home (and actually have access to a kitchen. Oh, dorm life…haha)!

March 29th, 2011 — 8:06pm  |  Reply

Jackie said:

This looks amazing, I have a panini grill but haven’t opened it yet- guess this gives me a reason to try it :)

March 29th, 2011 — 8:30pm  |  Reply

Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily said:

That looks incredible. This is my first time to your website and I love it!

March 31st, 2011 — 10:57am  |  Reply

Mary said:

My sister just told me about this site and we tried the naked quesadillas last night! They were delish! We opted for black beans instead of chicken. Looking forward to trying it again with chicken!

And Happy Blog Anniversary!!

March 31st, 2011 — 1:27pm  |  Reply

Cheryl said:

YUMM i need a panini grill

March 31st, 2011 — 1:33pm  |  Reply

Regiane said:

To make sour cream I learned on a TV show about healthy eating that you can get cottage cheese and mix with lemon juice and it will taste just like sour cream and be way healthier. :)

June 12th, 2012 — 2:55pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Liz! It’s also delicious with regular chicken as well! :)

March 28th, 2011 — 6:32am  |  Reply

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