Monday, December 10, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Bake

Over the weekend I realized that I forgot to post a recipe on Friday. Whoops. My bad. Here are some other things I've forgotten to do recently:
  1. Brush my teeth. This is embarrassing. In fact, I can't believe I'm admitting it for the entirety of the world wide web to know. But it's true: Since my kid was born, sometimes I forget to brush my teeth in the morning. Rest assured that I always remember at some point during the day. If you see me out and notice any halitosis, please offer me gum. Thankyouverymuch. 
  2. TiVo my shows. I forgot to record The Barefoot Contessa on Saturday. Doggone it.
  3. Eat lunch. Just kidding!! I never forget about lunch. Or breakfast. Or dinner...  

Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Bake
Serves: 6
Adapted from

4 flour tortillas
3 cups cooked, cubed or shredded chicken
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Salsa and sour cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 9" square baking dish* with cooking spray. Layer the tortillas in the bottom of the baking dish, overlapping so they all fit. Press tortillas into the baking dish so it forms a crust. In a separate bowl, combine chicken, 1 cup cheese, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Top tortillas with chicken mixture.

In the same, now-empty bowl (there's no need to wash it out), whisk together eggs, milk, flour, and baking powder until smooth. It will be a pretty thick mixture. Slowly pour over the chicken mixture in the baking dish, spreading it out with a spoon if necessary to make sure the chicken is evenly covered. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, until the surface is golden brown. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

The original recipe calls for a 9" deep dish pie plate. I used the baking dish because I don't have a deep dish pie plate. If you do, feel free to use one. You'll only need three flour tortillas for a pie plate.


  1. This looks delicious! I'm in a frozen dinner exchange club and this would be the prefect meal to make to share. And don't worry, you're not the only one who has been forgetting things...

  2. We love quesadillas!! Im am sure we would love this.. Gotta give it a try!

  3. Hope you ladies enjoy it! Emily, let me know how it freezes.