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Healthified Chicken Quesadillas

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75% more fiber • 61% less fat • 25% more calcium than the original recipe. Mexican food is known for having lots of flavor. We were able to keep the flavor, while cutting fat and calories.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
cup shredded cooked chicken breast
1/4
cup Muir Glen™ organic salsa (any variety)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2
cup fat-free refried beans
4
low-fat whole wheat tortillas (8 inch)
3/4
cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend (3 oz)
Additional salsa, if desired
Fat-free sour cream, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In medium bowl, stir chicken, 1/4 cup salsa and cilantro until well mixed. Spread 2 tablespoons beans over half of each tortilla. Top bean side of each tortilla with chicken mixture and cheese. Fold each tortilla in half over filling.
  • 2 Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Spray both sides of each quesadilla with cooking spray; place 2 quesadillas in skillet. Cover; cook 3 to 4 minutes, turning once, until filling is heated and tortillas are lightly browned. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut into wedges. Serve with additional salsa and sour cream.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 100
  • Fat Reduced By 13g
  • Dietary Fiber Added 3g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
21g
21%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Original vs. Healthified

Live Better America lets you enjoy your favorite dishes without worry or guilt. Our nutritionists switch ingredients, reduce amounts and use other kitchen tricks to turn the original recipes into Healthified recipes that are good and good for you.

Before After
1 cup shredded cooked chicken 1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
4 flour tortillas (8 inch) 1/2 cup fat-free refried beans
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (6 oz) 4 low-fat whole wheat tortillas (8 inch)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend (3 oz)
Sour cream, if desired Fat-free sour cream, if desired
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
380 (before)
280 (after)
Dietary Fiber
 
 
1 g (before)
4 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
21 g (before)
8 g (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

We really like the Mexican cheese blend, but you could use reduced-fat Cheddar or Monterey Jack instead.

These quesadillas are a great quick meal—serve them with a tossed salad or some fresh fruit for lunch or dinner.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/19/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
21g
21%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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