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Chicken Quesadillas - Mexico

Age Range: Pre-K | Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes
Chicken Quesadillas Worksheet

Adults: Kids in this age range must be accompanied by an adult at all times while cooking in the kitchen. However, let them do as much as possible on their own, as this should be a hands-on experience. Kids learn by doing; they will not gain anything if you try to do things for them. Pick a time that you and your child are relaxed and can take the time to make a mess and have fun. Remember, a perfect end result is not the objective. The objective is for you and your child to have a positive, fun cooking experience that you will want experience again and again.

Before You Begin:

  1. Read this recipe from start to finish making sure you understand it
  2. Check to see what ingredients you already have at home
  3. Make your shopping list with the template included with this recipe. Be sure to take your child with you to the store!
  4. Pull long hair back
  5. Put on an apron or clothes that your child can get dirty
  6. Wash your child's hands with soap and warm water
  7. Place a paper bag or plastic garbage bag near your workspace so you can clean as you go


What You Will Need:

Challenge Question: Queso is the Spanish word for:

  1. Tortilla
  2. Cheese
  3. Cake


  1. Adult: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Kids: Spray cooking spray on a large baking sheet
  3. Kids: Place one tortilla on the baking sheet. Build your quesadilla by first placing the cheese down, then the chicken, sprinkle on the taco seasoning and then the cilantro.
  4. Kids: Place the second tortilla on top and spray the top of it with cooking spray
  5. Adult: Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Adult: Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter and serve

Challenge answer: b) cheese

[Chicken Quesadillas Worksheet] PDF file includes Recipe, Shopping List, and a spot for your picture and notes.

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Dori Young, is dedicated to providing cooking education curriculum and programs designed to educate kids and families on how to plan and prepare healthful meals through the Jr. Cooking Club after-school and community programs.

The Jr. Cooking Club is a low-cost community cooking education club where groups of kids ages 3-17 come together to learn about food, health and nutrition, and make tasty morsels with friends while having lots of fun!

Updated December 5, 2009