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Mini chicken & mushroom quesadillas

Mini Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas

As picky as my 2-year-old is about food, and he is pretty picky, I’ve discovered something recently that works to my advantage when trying to find foods to prepare for him.

He will eat just about anything as long as it is sandwiched between two flour tortillas.

That’s actually not the worst thing in the world as far as I am concerned, as I can use the flour tortillas to envelop a lot of healthy foods that he otherwise wouldn’t consider eating, including eggs, vegetables, and meat.

Meat is a big one, as Evan really doesn’t like the texture. I was really happy to be able to get him to eat some chicken breast this week when I prepared these mini chicken and mushroom quesadillas!

I used chopped rotisserie chicken breast, mushrooms, black olives, and cheese in our quesadillas.

Mini Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas

I used my new toaster oven to bake the quesadillas, but you could certainly just bake them in the oven. I prefer using the toaster oven when I’m making quick lunches for Evan — it saves a lot of time.

Mini Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas

I like to bake them until the filling is sizzling, and edges are just getting nice and crispy. Evan likes to dip them in sour cream, and I have to say they are really delicious.

Mini Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas

These mini chicken and mushroom quesadillas are a warm, crispy, and make the perfect vehicle for introducing some wholesome foods into your toddler’s diet.

Do you have a picky eater?

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Mini chicken & mushroom quesadillas

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped skinless rotisserie chicken meat
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup button mushrooms thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced or chopped black olives
4 flour tortillas
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
1/2 cup salsa (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°. I used a toaster oven, also preheated to 425°.

Chop rotisserie chicken for picky toddlers, or simply shred if your child does not have a texture issue.

Thinly chop mushrooms and black olives.

Divide the ingredients over one flour tortilla, then cover with a second tortilla.

Using a large knife, cut tortilla into quarters, and gently separate them on the pan.

Bake quesadillas 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tortillas are golden brown and cheese is sizzling.

Serve alone, or with salsa or sour cream.

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23 Comments

  1. May 4, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Sometimes I think my girls are accidental vegetarians, because they refuse to eat meat in almost all fashions. They do love quesadillas, so maybe putting some chicken in there isn’t such a bad idea. I’ve got to figure something out or they’re going to waste away!

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    • May 4, 2012 @ 11:53 am

      Evan doesn’t really like to eat meat, either, but I’m convinced it’s just a texture thing so I try to “hide” it in his food this way! :)

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  2. May 4, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Zach is turning 1 in a week and he loves to try new foods. This looks like a great recipe for toddlers, and I love that you can add different ingredients to make it your own. Thanks for sharing!

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    • May 4, 2012 @ 11:54 am

      Yep, you can definitely put in any veggies your kiddo likes! :) Thanks for commenting Aly!

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  3. May 4, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    This looks SO yummy! My son is the same and he is 4! I am going to have to try this recipe! :)

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  4. May 4, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    These look great! I discovered the tortilla trick with my 2 year old this week. She normally won’t have anything to do with meat either! Unless it’s meat in the form of a chicken nugget :/ But, we had fajitas and I turned hers into a quesadilla. She at the whole thing, then scrounged on my plate for more! I’ll be trying your version at lunch tomorrow :)

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  5. May 4, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    The girls’ nor I are huge fans of mushrooms…but if you covered them in cheese in a tortilla, I bet it’s not bad.

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  6. May 4, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    I make quesadillas all the time because I sneak veggies inside. :) I haven’t tried mushrooms yet, though!

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  7. May 4, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    They look amazing and I want to eat them now.. Quesadillas are a hit at home. I find it is easy to make and you can add any topping the kids like.

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  8. May 4, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    This is sure to be a big hit and not just for the little ones!

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  9. May 4, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    My kid is terribly picky. His diet consists of chicken nuggets, rice crispies, and oat meal.

    I wish he would eat something like this.

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  10. May 5, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    Those look delish! My kids would totally eat them…minus the mushrooms LOL And hey, we have those same plates! Awesome!

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  11. May 6, 2012 @ 10:23 am
    Louise M.

    I tried this great recipe and everyone loved it Thank you

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  12. May 6, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    These look tasty and I just love the pictures!:)

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  13. May 8, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    We do the same over here! It’s also a great way to turn leftovers into something new. Yesterday I made my son a “pizza-dilla” with leftover taco meat, some spinach (sneaky!), tomato sauce, and mozzarella. It was actually surprisingly good!

    (Mild) chili is another good one if your kids like it – you can put all kinds of shredded veggies in there and they just dissolve. Same with tomato sauce.

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  14. May 8, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look so yummy and easy to make. My kind of recipe. :)

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  15. June 1, 2012 @ 1:02 am
    heather holmberg

    mmmm, this looks delish ! I am going to have to try this !

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  16. June 1, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
    Dawn Sando

    This looks so yummy and so simple to make! That’s my kind of meal for sure!

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  17. June 11, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    great idea for a quick lunch!

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  18. June 14, 2012 @ 2:33 am
    A.Smith

    I have a friend with a daughter who won’t eat anything at all it seems like. I’m going to suggest this because she eats quesadillas with eggs and cheese for breakfast so this might be a go-to meal for dinner. Thanks.

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  19. September 18, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
    Mike Davis

    Thanks for some extra ideas– this is one of our kids main food groups–that they think they need–

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  20. September 27, 2012 @ 12:23 pm
    Deb

    sounds delicious i will definitely try these

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