Mandarin Orange Chicken Quesadillas

close-up photo of two Mandarin Orange Chicken Quesadillas stacked on each other

These Mandarin Orange Chicken quesadillas make a quick and tasty weeknight meal.

With school starting up again, a lot of families are looking for back-to-school dinner ideas that are fast and delicious. I’ve partnered with Crazy Cuizine to create this simple meal solution. The recipe starts with Crazy Cuizine’s Mandarin Orange Chicken which becomes a fun, kid-friendly meal when turned into quesadillas that can be eaten with your hands.
photo of Mandarin Orange Chicken Quesadillas on a board
The recipe comes together so much faster because the chicken is already fully cooked. All you have to do is heat it up and toss it in the sauce. I also added some vegetables for a more balanced meal and then used the chicken filling in my quesadillas.

I tried Crazy Cuizine for the first time last year and I usually have a couple of boxes stashed in my freezer at all times for those nights when we have nothing in the fridge to make a meal and I don’t want to go out to eat. Crazy Cuizine products are available in the frozen food section of grocery retailers nationwide, including Costco, Walmart, Safeway, Vons and more. All Crazy Cuizine products are made with high-quality, mostly U.S.-sourced ingredients and are free of preservatives, trans fat and added MSG. Mr. K is a big fan because they offer a lot of popular Asian dishes like Mandarin Orange Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken and more. I like that the products don’t have trans fat or MSG. You can learn more about their products on their website or follow them on Facebook.

Each box includes fully cooked protein and pre-made sauce. You just need to heat everything up and add whatever other ingredients you wish. Easy peasy.
photo collage showing the steps to prepare crazy cuizine Mandarin Orange Chicken

While heating up my chicken, I also added green and red bell peppers and zucchini. Once the chicken is crisp and the vegetables are cooked, you pour your warmed up sauce in and toss until everything is coated. Since the chicken was being used for quesadillas, I then halved the bigger chunks of chicken so they wouldn’t be too thick.

I prefer using flour tortillas only because they are easier to fold and slice. You can use whichever tortillas you prefer. Once the tortillas heat up and begin to puff, it’s time to add the cheese. After the cheese melts, add your mandarin orange chicken and vegetables. Then fold over, press gently together, remove from stove, slice and it’s ready to serve.

photo collage showing how to cook the quesadillas

It’s a warm, filling and flavorful dish and you barely need to break a sweat to prepare it. The whole meal can come together in 30 minutes or less, depending on how many people you’re feeding.
photo of Mandarin Orange Chicken Quesadillas

Mandarin Orange Chicken Quesadillas

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
These Mandarin Orange Chicken quesadillas make a quick and tasty weeknight meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (22-oz) box Crazy Cuizine Mandarin Orange Chicken
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped into small squares
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped into small squares
  • 1 small zucchini chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions plus additional for garnish
  • shredded mild cheddar cheese about 1/4 cup for each quesadilla
  • 1 8-10 piece package tortillas of your choice

Directions:

  1. Remove chicken from the box. Add olive oil to a large skillet and turn stovetop to medium-high heat. Once skillet is heated, add chicken. Cook and flip as needed until chicken breading is crispy. Alternatively, you can also heat the chicken in the oven at 400°F and then you don't need additional oil.

  2. When chicken is almost crispy, add chopped peppers and zucchini. Cook until vegetables are done. Remove from stove and add chicken and vegetables to a large bowl. Add in 2 tbsp of scallions. For any large chunks of chicken, cut in half, so that they aren't too thick for your filling.

  3. In a small pot, warm up the sauce. Pour sauce into chicken bowl and toss until chicken and vegetables are fully coated.

  4. Choose a pan big enough to lay your tortilla on. Turn heat to medium. If desired, you can lightly brush your tortillas with olive oil but I omitted this step. If there is a side of your tortilla that is paler and meant to be the inner side, heat that side first. Once it begins to puff, flip to the other side. Once it puffs again, spread 1/4 cup of cheese around your tortilla, leaving about 1/4 inch perimeter around the edges.

  5. Once the cheese is melted, add some chicken filling to half of the tortilla round. Careful not to add too much filling or your quesadilla will be overstuffed. Then fold over the other half and cook a few moments. Press down gently and flip over to ensure both sides are heated. Remove onto a cutting board. Slice in half to form two triangle pieces. Garnish with additional fresh chopped scallions before serving. Repeat with remaining tortillas until you make your desired amount of quesadillas.

Notes:

  • Because different brands vary in size and nutrition, the nutrition estimate does not include the tortillas.
Nutrition Facts
Mandarin Orange Chicken Quesadillas
Amount Per Serving (0.2 of recipe)
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 193
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.4g 33%
Saturated Fat 6.2g 31%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.6g
Cholesterol 54.7mg 18%
Sodium 634.1mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 35.5g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
Sugars 14.9g
Protein 18.8g 38%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 92%
Calcium 23%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

This post is sponsored by Crazy Cuizine. All opinions expressed remain my own.

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