Lime-Marinated-Chicken Quesadillas

by Melissa on March 4, 2008

Occasionally we have Wii nights where we have some friends over, play different Wii games and munch on some snacks. I am always looking for new recipes to try. They have to be easy to make, easy to eat and taste good! Last Saturday, we had another Wii night and I decided to try these lime-marinated chicken quesadillas and garlicky beef crostini, along with some cold snacks.

I modified this recipe from for the lime marinade and used it to make the quesadillas. I was a little skeptical about using the lime, but it adds great flavor and does not over-power the chicken at all. These quesadillas were delicious!


Lime-Marinated-Chicken Quesadillas

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest from 1/2 the lime
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into large strips
  • tortilla shells
  • shredded cheese- I use the “Mexican” blend
  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a shallow dish. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade. Add the chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least a couple hours.

    Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until juices run clear. Shred the chicken with 2 forks, add reserved 1/4 cup of marinade and 1/4 cup of water. Let simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed, set aside.

    Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place 1 tortilla on the skillet, sprinkle cheese and chicken over tortilla and top with another tortilla. Heat until cheese is melted and bottom is golden brown, flip quesadilla and heat until other side is golden brown.

    Serve with salsa and sour cream, garnish with green onions.

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    Brittany March 4, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    YUM! Those looks great. We eat a lot of fajitas and quesdillas in our house, I’ll have to try these.


    katie102006 March 5, 2008 at 7:52 am

    What a great idea! I love lime marinated chicken and I love quesadillas but I never put them together. :::slapping forehead::: I’m going to have to try this! thanks!


    hmks March 6, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Looks delicious! I will try these – I am huge fan of quesadillas – they are my standby order at many restaurants.


    Erin February 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve made this recipe twice and both times I forgot to get red wine vinegar, assuming I had some in my pantry. So both times I used white wine vinegar with a splash (give or take) of pomegranet red wine vinegar. And instead of cooking it on the stove top we grilled it and then slice it thin for the quesadillas. It was delicious! It is a staple recipe for me now. Great recipe!


    Nicole August 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    This recipe was the bomb! As an alternative to the pan we baked it in the oven for 10 min and then broiled for about 1 minute. Crispy and yummy! Loved the lime! Great twist :-)


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