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sliced chicken quesadilla with caramelized onions on a cutting board

Chicken and Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

Chicken and Caramelized Onion Quesadilla brimming with moist chicken, caramelized onions and Gouda cheese for amazing creamy, cheesy flavor. Easy to make for a snack or light weeknight meal plus amazing hack on how to make for a large crowd.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken quesadilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 308kcal
Author Lalaine


  • 1/2 pound (two 4-ounces each) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 9-inch flour tortillas
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 cups Gouda cheese, shredded

For the Caramelized Onions

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a wide, thick-bottomed skillet over medium heat, heat butter and olive oil until hot and shimmering. 
  • Add onions and stir until coated with oil. Add sugar and salt.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until onions begin to sweat. 
  • Spread onions in the pan and adjust heat to low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until onions are deep golden brown color and wilted.
  • Rinse chicken breast and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat canola oil. Add chicken breast in a single layer and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and thermometer inserted in the center reads 165 F. 
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool to touch. Chop and set keep warm.
  • In a wide pan over medium heat, melt one teaspoon of butter. Lay tortilla flat on the pan and sprinkle 1/4 of the cheese on top.
  • Place 1/4 of the chopped chicken and 1/4 of the caramelized onions over the cheese.
  • When cheese begins to melt, place another tortilla to cover toppings.
  • Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until tortilla is crisp and golden. Using a spatula, turn to other side and continue to cook until golden and cheese is melted. 
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas. Cut each quesadilla into two and serve immediately.


One quesadilla makes two servings.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 227mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 370mg | Iron: 0.8mg