Pass the Cook Book Club: Jenny Flake’s Chicken Mango Quesadillas

by Erin

Welcome to April’s edition of Pass the Cook Book Club, hosted by Kita of Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore (her newest brainchild)! This month we cooked from The Picky Palate Cookbook, written by Jenny Flake herself. I was super excited to dig into these recipes because her blog was one of the first food blogs I started reading back in the day.


Originally I had planned on making the mini peanut butter and jelly pies, but decided that I had to try out the quesdillas using mango because I was curious about the flavors. Unfortunately the recipe called for shrimp (being a non-seafood eater), but was an easy fix by substituting with chicken and was overjoyed with the results! Enveloping the chicken was a cream cheese mixture that was exceptionally creamy, while the mangoes added sweetness. You must make these, because every day that goes by without them is a missed opportunity for deliciousness.

Chicken Mango Quesadillas

One year ago: Chicken & Spinach Alfredo Pizza

Two years ago: Cake Batter Fruit Dip


Serves 4


2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

3/4 tsp salt, divided

1/2 tsp black pepper, divided

6 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened, divided

1 cup chopped mango, divided (I used thawed, frozen mango)

4 whole wheat tortillas


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, cheddar, cilantro, and remaining salt and pepper and stir until well combined.
  3. Heat a separate large skillet over medium heat. Spread 1/4 cup of the cheese spread over the top of the tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup cooked chicken and 1/4 cup chopped mango over half of the tortilla. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the skillet and place the tortilla in the skillet.
  4. With a spatula, fold the tortilla in half, cooking until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and cut the quesadilla into wedges to serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Source: Adapted slightly from The Picky Palate Cookbook, page 123.


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kita April 30, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Reading through comments, Im not the only one regretting the miss on the chicken idea! Thats brilliant. I could have totally snuck these in that way.
PS Thank you soooo much form mentioning GirlCarnivore. Im giddy seeing it mentioned somewhere :D

spiffycookie May 1, 2013 - 7:59 am

You have to try it with the chicken, it was so good! And you’re very welcome for the GirlCarnivore shout out ;-)

Amanda @ The Taste Tester April 30, 2013 - 5:26 pm

My husband, David, isn’t much of a seafood eater either. Next time I make these I’m sure he’d appreciate it if I used chicken instead! I wonder why I didn’t think of that!?

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes April 30, 2013 - 9:44 am

Love these quesadillas and all of the recipes from this lovely new club! Sweet and salty quesadillas sound like the perfect weeknight meal!

Terra April 28, 2013 - 4:48 pm

I for sure need to make the quesadillas with mangos! I love the recipe, and the use of cream cheese, it really looks fabulous!!! I am happy to meet you, and enjoy you lovely blog! Take care, Hugs, Terra

Suzanne April 26, 2013 - 1:19 am

Great job on the quesadillas, chicken is always a perfect substitute for me too.

Emily @ Life on Food April 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

I might just have to try these out now with this post. I couldn’t get over the mango, cream cheese, and shrimp combination. I went with the taquitos.

Kristen April 25, 2013 - 10:45 am

I think this chicken version would go over better in my house as I have a few avowed shrimp haters that regularly come to my table hoping there won’t be any seafood on their plate. It’s fun to see how everyone treats these recipes each month.

Mr. & Mrs. P April 25, 2013 - 10:06 am

We have probably said this a million times.. But, we LOVE quesadillas. During the week when our schedule is hectic, this is our go to 10 min meal!!! What a great version!!!!

Jen @JuanitasCocina April 25, 2013 - 8:52 am

Mmmmm, I loved that you made these with chicken! It’s a great way to use up some of that chicken I have in the freezer!

Tracey April 25, 2013 - 7:42 am

I came *this* close to making the quesadillas, but I can’t resist dessert. Ever. These are definitely on my to-do list, I’ll probably make your chicken version!


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