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Sweet and Tangy Chicken Quesadillas

Whether it’s a TV tailgate or movie night, everyone loves these hand held appetizers made with Musselman’s Apple Butter.

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  • 1 ¼ pounds chicken breast or tenders
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • ½ cup MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce
  • 4 teaspoons MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • sour cream (optional for dipping)


  1. Step 1
    Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces and set aside.

  2. Step 2
    Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium hight heat.

  3. Step 3
    When skillet is hot, add the sliced onions and sear for 2 minutes to soften and char the edges, flipping once. Set onions aside on a plate and sear the sliced peppers for 2 minutes until slightly charred. Set peppers aside with onions.

  4. Step 4
    Add butter to the skillet. Once melted, add chicken pieces. Salt and pepper liberally, then brown for 2 minutes per side. Add the apple butter, cayenne pepper sauce, and vinegar. Stir to combine and let the mixture simmer another 2 minutes. Turn off heat and stir to coat chicken in sauce. Transfer chicken to a holding plate.

  5. Step 5
    Wipe out skillet. Lower heat to medium-low and add the first tortilla to the skillet. Sprinkle tortilla with heaping 1/2 cup cheese. Spread 1/4 of the onions, peppers, and chicken over top. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro then another 1/4 cup cheese. Cover with the second tortilla.

  6. Step 6
    Wait to flip quesadilla until bottom tortilla is golden brown and cheese has started to melt to hold everything together. Place a flat spatula under the bottom tortilla, and another on top of tortilla; then quickly flip the quesadilla. Brown the bottom tortilla, then move to a warming drawer or warm oven to keep crisp. Repeat with remaining ingredients. 

  7. Step 7
    When all quesadillas are cooked, cut into wedges and serve warm with sour cream for dipping.

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