Pineapple and Chicken Quesadillas*

Let me just tell you, Daylight Savings Time can not come soon enough for this girl! An extra hour of sun at night? Having sunlight for photos past 5:30?! It is going to be awesome and I am counting down the days (4 days if you were curious). Then pictures, like the ones of these Quesadillas, hopefully wont happen! I had about 10 minutes before the sun was gone and trying to beat the clock always makes me stress…which ends up with me taking crappy photos.

So while the photos may not show it, trust me when I say that these Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Quesadillas were fabulous! I had no leftovers for pictures the next day…and really can not wait to have these again! I loved the combination of flavors and all the fresh ingredients in these. In case you missed it, check out how to easily break down and grill your pineapple for the recipe below!


Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Quesadillas

Yield: 4 servings


8 whole Flour Tortillas
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups Grilled Pineapple, chopped
3 cups shredded chicken
Salt And Pepper, to taste
3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup black beans
1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced (seeded if you want to cut the heat)
3 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce


Warm griddle over medium heat and put sizzling butter or margarine in the pan. Slightly warm and toast tortillas on both sides, then remove from griddle and set aside.

To assemble, sprinkle four browned tortillas with grated Monterey Jack. Arrange chicken slices evenly over the surface. Add pineapple slices and jalapeno slices. Sprinkle on cilantro, corn, and beans. Drizzle barbecue sauce over the top. Add second browned tortilla on top of each one. (You’ll have four complete quesadillas at this point.)

Add to oven to warm, or back to skillet to warm, until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges. Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo, and lime wedges.

Adapted from Pioneer Woman

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24 Responses to “Pineapple and Chicken Quesadillas”

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 10, 2011 @ 6:07 am

    Pineapple savings time or not, these look great! :)

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    Jessica — March 10, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    I totally get where you’re coming from with the light issue! I deal with this all the time, especially because the one place in my tiny little apartment that gets any major sunlight is on the East side of the building (where the sun rises, not where it sets). And the overhead lights in my dining room and kitchen make all of my pictures look yellow! Glad I’m not the only one excited about having an extra hour to photograph dinner. :)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — March 10, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    oh i am with you on the light—i think my husband is sick of super early dinners :)

    these look AWESOME! definitely trying sometime soon!

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    Joanne — March 10, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    I am so happy that you turned these into a savory dish! I love pineapple in unconventional applications.

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    Blog is the New Black — March 10, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    I’ve made something similiar before and agree- amazing!

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    RobN — March 10, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Also really easy to make ass-friendly with some quick substitutions.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 10, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    That sweet and savory combo sounds delicious!!

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    Becky — March 10, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    I made this same PW recipe after she posted it – these are to die for!! Such a great flavor combo : )

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    Happy When Not Hungry — March 10, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    These quesadillas look and sound amazing! I love how fresh the ingredients are. Yum!

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    Sharlene — March 10, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    I’m a fan of pineapple in savory dishes. This sounds lipsmackingly good.

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    mopho — March 12, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression that we would be losing an hour tonight, which means that the sun will set approximately an hour earlier tomorrow than it did today.

    • Jessica replied: — March 13th, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

      Nope, Spring Forward 😉 So it is light outside later!

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    mopho — March 12, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    By the way, the quesadillas look and sound delicious. Now I’m hungry. :(

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — March 12, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    I hadn’t even realized that there would be an hour extra of sunlight, but you’re totally right! Thanks for that happy reminder. These quesadillas look delicious, rushed photo or not. I love the taste of grilled pineapple.

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    Stephanie — March 13, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    i made this dish… but stupid me, forgot the chicken – so added some tomatoes!
    While baking the pineapple (too lazy to get the grilling pan downstairs) I added some sweet & sour sauce.
    Really really yummy… thanks for the good idea!
    Your cooking skills will def be appreciated on the INTERNATIONAL COOKING CLUB blog that I started. Have a look and hope to cook together soon!
    Baci Chef Steph

    • Jessica replied: — March 13th, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

      So glad you liked it too Steph! :-)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 13, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    This sounds delicious! I recently bought a pineapple for snacking, I wish I had enough left for quesadillas. :(

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    Christina — March 14, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    I just made this for dinner tonight! Kids (aka picky teens) loved it : ) I kept eating the grilled pineapple.

    • Jessica replied: — March 14th, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

      Awesome! Glad y’all liked them! I always make extra pineapple because I sit there munching on it the entire time I am cooking! 😉

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    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — March 15, 2011 @ 12:15 am

    Fun – I’ve never added pineapple before!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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