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Tender, juicy, lightly seasoned chicken and fresh garden vegetables smothered with melted cheddar make these Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas a must-make recipe!
Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas Recipe w/ Zaycon Foods Chicken Breasts
The second time I ever cooked with Zaycon chicken, I made these delicious quesadillas and they turned out fantastic! Each bite of chicken was tender, juicy and full of flavor! Quick and easy-to-make, these Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas will quickly become a family favorite!
Ready to see how to make these Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas?
Here’s What You Need
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 tbsp fajita seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil
10 – 12 tbsp butter for frying tortillas
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
1 small onion, cut in half, then into slices
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
1 (8 ounce) package cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper for seasoning
Monterey Jack or other shredded cheese
salsa for dipping
Here’s What to Do
Begin by seasoning the chicken breast with fajita seasoning, salt and pepper on both sides, then add it to skillet. If you are using thick chicken breasts like the ones we got from Zaycon, you will want to slice each breast in half horizontally so it will cook quicker. Saute for about 3 to 4 mins per side, then remove, dice into small cubes and set aside.
Next, saute the red and green bell pepper along with the onion for about 3 minutes, then place those to the side.
Add some butter to another skillet, let it begin to sizzle, and add a flour tortilla. From there you begin to build your quesadilla starting with a light layer of cheddar cheese (I added some Monterey Jack this time as well), followed by some pieces of chicken, then a handful of veggies, and finally a bit more cheese on the top to help the tortillas stick together.
Cover with a second tortilla. Once the bottom tortilla is golden brown, flip it over and cook until the second tortilla is golden brown, as well. Repeat these steps until all quesadillas are made. Then all that’s left to do is slice into wedges, serve with salsa for dipping, and enjoy!
Easy as can be! And speaking of easy, there’s a printable version of this recipe at the end of this post. 🙂
Zaycon Foods Chicken Breasts
If you are tired of spending too much money on weeks-old meat in the supermarket, and you are wanting farm-fresh, natural foods at a discount price, then you need to check out Zaycon Foods.
Zaycon Foods is a Washington-based company that was created in 2009 in order to bring fresh meats and other products directly to consumers at wholesale prices. They are able to do this by completely eliminating the middle-man which in turn means you save money. They work with regional meat processors in order to negotiate the best possible price on high quality meat. They will pick up the meat fresh from the processor and then deliver it by refrigerated truck to your area during a scheduled “event”. Keep in mind that when you buy from Zaycon, you will be ordering in bulk, which is usually a 40 pound case – that’s A LOT of chicken!
My Zaycon Foods Experience
One of Zaycon’s most popular items is their boneless, skinless chicken breasts which contain no hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. These chickens are non-caged, come directly from the farm, and have never been frozen. They only reason they are not certified organic is because the farms opt to keep medicine on-site for the ones who get sick. If a chicken does get sick and has to be treated with antibiotics, it is not processed until the antibiotics are completely out of its system. Having heard about how good their chicken is, I was excited to discover an event scheduled right down the road from our home!
When we first arrived at the church parking lot, there were about 4 cars ahead of us. Waiting our turn, I was impressed to see how quickly everyone was getting their food! We only waited maybe 12 minutes before it was our turn. Once we were up, I simply told the truck driver my name, and showed my receipt. His helper then got the case from the truck, put down a sheet of plastic in my trunk, and loaded the box of chicken for me! The whole process took maybe 2 minutes – way less time than I would spend on a trip to the grocery store, and I never even got out of the car!
While the chicken was being loaded, I asked the driver a couple of questions about the chicken, mainly about the freshness of the meat. He explained to me that the chicken in the box was only 2 days old, and it had never been frozen. He then went on to explain that store-bought chicken is usually at least two weeks old since they have to get the chicken from the farm to the butcher, from the butcher to the warehouse, then from the warehouse to the grocery store. Once at the grocery, it’s processed by the in-house butcher, and eventually set out in the cooler for purchasing. So not only did I save time and money going through Zaycon meats, I also got fresher chicken!
Once home, we unloaded the box and set to work. Inside the box was 4 plastic bags that each contained 10 pounds of chicken. Although not frozen, the chicken was still very cold, and when we opened the first bag, both of us were amazed at the size of the breasts. They were literally some of the largest chicken breasts we’d ever seen!
Zaycon Foods’ chicken is considered “pre-butchered” – just like it is when it first arrives at your grocer. This means that each piece comes as a boneless, skinless, butterflied (or connected) breast as it is naturally on the chicken – so once you slice it in half, you will have 2 breast pieces. In addition, the chicken breasts will also have a little more fat than what you are used to getting from chicken bought in the store. It took me and my husband about an about an hour to slice, trim, and package the 40 pounds of chicken. We wound up putting two breasts per package which makes for easy meal preparation! All I have to do is simply pull one or two packs from the freezer and let them thaw.
Cooking with Zaycon Foods Chicken
The first time we tried the chicken, we grilled out for my niece’s birthday. The chicken was seasoned with some salt, pepper and garlic, then grilled.
It came out plump, tender, juicy and delicious! It was there that we discovered that we could slice the breasts horizontally into cutlets, and not only would the cook faster, they were still large enough for a full serving!
How to Order from Zaycon Foods
It’s easy to join Zaycon Foods! Simply sign up for a FREE account, find out what sales are scheduled for your area (you will receive emails letting you know, too), and then order what you’d like. You will need to pay in advance for your order, and print a receipt.
In addition to chicken, Zaycon also carries many other fresh meats as well as other type foods. Visit their website to see their selection.
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- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2 tbsp fajita seasoning
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 10 - 12 tbsp butter for frying tortillas
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
- 1 small onion, cut in half, then into slices
- 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
- 1 (8 ounce) package cheddar cheese, shredded
- salt and pepper for seasoning
- Monterey Jack or other shredded cheese
- sour cream
- salsa for dipping
- Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Sprinkle the chicken breast with fajita seasoning, salt and pepper on both sides, then add to skillet.
- Reduce heat to medium, saute chicken until done (about 4 mins per side).
- Remove chicken from skillet, dice into small cubes and set aside.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to the skillet, increase to high heat.
- Throw in onions and peppers and cook until the peppers have a few dark spots, about 3 to 4 mins.
- Remove from skillet and set aside.
- In a smaller skillet, sizzle 1/2 tbsp butter over medium heat, then lay in a flour tortilla
- Build the quesadilla by first adding some shredded cheddar, then arranging some chicken, peppers and onions
- Add some more cheese, then lay the second tortilla on the top
- Once the bottom tortilla is golden brown, carefully flip the quesadilla to the other side, adding another tbsp. of butter at the same time (or you can just butter the top side of the second tortilla before adding it on top of the fillings, and then just flip it butter-side down)
- Continue cooking until the second side is golden brown.
- Repeat with the remaining tortillas and toppings.
- Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with salsa for dipping.
- Tip: a pizza cutter works great for cutting your quesadillas into wedges!