Frugal Living: How to Feed Your Family for a Week With Just One Chicken! Recipe #4: Chicken Quesadillas

This is post four in the series that started with the crockpot whole chicken.  Just finding out about this great series? Start here to catch up.

So I like to bring out this recipe on those nights when I don’t have a lot of time to cook, or I don’t have much of a plan for supper because we’ve been crazy busy all day.  Why? Simply because it’s so adaptable.  What do I mean?  Well, for example, the last time I made this meal, we had half of an onion in the fridge, some wraps, cooked chicken from my whole crockpot chicken, and shredded cheese.  We did not, however, have any fresh tomatoes, avocados, or peppers, so we just did not include those ingredients.  One time when I made this, we only used tortilla wraps for the kids, and the adults used lettuce instead.  Hence: adaptable. 🙂

Ingredients:
Tomato
Avocado
Onion
Bell Pepper
Tortilla Wraps
Shredded Cheese (Cheddar or a Mexican Mix)
Cooked Chicken (from your crockpot whole chicken)
Butter
*Use what you like (or have in the house), omit what you don’t like (or what you don’t have)*

Steps:

1.) Slice the bell pepper and the onion.  Place in a small pan on the stove and grill until slightly browned.
2.) Chop up the cooked chicken.  I use less for the kids and more for the adults (the kids like their quesadillas cheesier).
3.) Chop the tomato and avocado.  Place on the side for now.
4.) For the kids, I simply put chicken and cheese in their tortilla wrap and then brown it on both sides (at least until the cheese melts).  For a crispier quesadilla, spread butter on the outside before browning.

5.) For the adults, I add chicken, cheese, and the browned bell pepper and onion.  Again, brown on both sides (use butter for a crunchier quesadilla shell).  I then top with the tomato and avocado.  (Salsa works well on those nights when you don’t have tomato and avocado – or when you don’t have the time to chop lots of ingredients).

6.) For a healthier alternative, add all the ingredients into a lettuce leaf and make a wrap instead of using a tortilla shell and browning.
chicken-quesadillas-and-lettuce-wraps

Another great alternative with this recipe? Add my Homemade Pico de Gallo on top.  Yum!

What are your quick and easy weeknight recipes? Let me know in the comments below.

–Brandi

Missed the previous recipes? Find them all here:

Recipe #3: Chicken Caesar Wraps
Recipe #2: Homemade Chicken Broth 
Recipe #1: Crockpot Whole Chicken 

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9 thoughts on “Frugal Living: How to Feed Your Family for a Week With Just One Chicken! Recipe #4: Chicken Quesadillas

  1. This looks good! I like quesadillas, but my husband is a HUGE fan of them. I’ve heard of people feeding their family with just one chicken per week, but I’ve never tried it. I think I need to.

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    • Thanks! I love that’s it’s a quick, easy meal (that my kids will eat too!). If you try out the one chicken for the week, let me know how it goes for you. I think you’ll find it works out well. 🙂

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