Are you looking for a simple crowd-pleasing meal that does not take too much time to prepare? Well Rhonda Lauret Parkinson’s “The Everything College Cookbook” can offer you many suggestions. I have tried many of her recipes myself and have nothing but good reviews. One great idea is the:

 “Chicken Quesadillas for a Crowd.”


2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless, chicken breats

1/3 cup soy sauce

1 large garlic clove, smashed, peeled and chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 large mushrooms (3 ounces total)

2 green onions

2 tablespoons butter or margarine divided

4 flour tortillas

2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese

6 black olives, chopped


1.) Rinse the chicken breasts and pat dry. Combine the soy sauce, garlic, and brown sugar. Pour the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken breasts and seal the bag. Marinate the chicken for at least one hour in the refrigerator.

2.) Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan. Add the chicken and cook until it turns white and is nearly cooked through. Remove from the frying pan and cut the chicken into thin strips. Clean out the pan.

3.) Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp cloth and slice. Wash the green onions and dice.

4.) Melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine in the frying pan. Add 1 flour tortilla. Cook for 1 minute, then sprinkle 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese over the tortilla. Let the cheese melt, then add half the mushrooms, green onions, olives, and the chicken.

5.) Lay a second flour tortilla on top. Press down with a spatula so it adheres to the first tortilla. Cook until the first tortilla is brown on the bottom. Turnover and cook the other side. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese over the top of the quesadilla for the last minute of it cooking.

6.) Clean out the frying pan, add the remaining tablespoon on margarine, and repeat the process with the other two tortillas. To serve, cut the tortillas into 6 wedges.

Optional: serve with salsa and sour cream.

Many other online websites offer their recipes for chicken quesadillas too! With this meal, you can add sides, interchange ingredients to please an individual taste, or even make them plain with just chicken and cheese. You can’t go wrong!! Try out this recipe and tell us what you think! The links to other websites can give you more ideas about how to spice this meal up with salsas, etc. Good luck!