Chicken Quesadillas

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These irresistible Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with delicious shredded chicken taco meat, loads of cheese and a secret ingredient that will blow your mind! They are the perfect appetizer, easy lunch or even dinner! Serve with some chips and Amazing Pico de Gallo!

chicken quesadilla on a plate cut into quarters

But wait, what are quesadillas?

Quesadillas are a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla that is filled with cheese, and sometimes meats (chicken, in this case!), spices, veggies and other fillings, and then cooked on a griddle or stove until the tortillas are crispy and the cheese is melty perfection.

chicken quesadilla triangles stacked on a plate

Filling Variations for Quesadillas

When it comes to quesadillas, the possibilities are truly endless! Try different flavor combos of the ingredients you love in your quesadillas.

  • Tortillas – I used 8-inch flour tortillas, but you can make smaller or larger quesadillas depending on what size of tortillas you have. You could also even use corn tortillas.
  • Cheese – shredded colby jack, cheddar, mexican blend, oaxaca
  • Meat – shredded chicken, pork, beef, or even meatless!
  • Veggies – grilled onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, corn, zucchini, salsa

Optional Toppings

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Diced Green Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Taco Sauce or Hot Sauce
  • Lime

My Secret Ingredient:

Mayonnaise! Now before you yuck my yum…here me out!! Adding a good quality mayo (like Duke’s, which I could literally just eat with a spoon!) adds not only a tang but a creaminess that gives these quesadillas a little bit more wow factor. Unexpected, yes! Absolutely delicious? You know it.

chicken quesadilla triangles with shredded lettuce and lime wedge

How to Make Chicken Quesadillas

While making a quesadilla hardly requires a recipe–they are THAT easy, here is step by step what you can expect when making these Chicken Quesadillas. For full recipe details, including ingredients needed, see the printable recipe card down below.

chicken quesadilla 1

Prep

For this recipe, I used my slow cooker for the chicken. Cooking chicken (and meat in general) slow makes shredding it super easy with minimal work. Alternatively, you can bake or cook in a pan on the stovetop.

Cook + Shred Chicken

Place chicken, taco seasoning (store-bought or Homemade Taco Seasoning), green chilies and salsa in slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until cooked to 165° F. Remove from heat and shred chicken taco meat. You can find the full post on my Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat here. It’s great to make a huge batch of this to have on hand for JUST SUCH and occasion!

Add mayonnaise to chicken mixture and mix until well combined. Set aside. 

Assemble + Heat Tortillas

Don’t overthink this step (or this recipe). It’s simple and adaptable and any way you assemble, you’ll end up with a yummy quesadilla. The main thing to keep in mind is to keep the pan on a lower heat so the cheese has time to melt before the tortilla browns too much.

Heat large skillet over medium low heat and add one flour tortilla to begin warming. Oil is optional here…totally not needed but would make for a crispier quesadilla if desired. Spread 1/4 cup of shredded cheese over surface of tortilla. Measure out 1/2 cup of the crockpot chicken taco meat and add on top of cheese. Spread another 1/4 cup of shredded cheese over top of chicken. Place another tortilla overtop and gently press down. 

Cook for 2-3 minutes, peeking at the bottom tortilla for browning. 

Once browned to your liking, give the top tortilla one more press with your hand to ensure the cheese is stuck and doesn’t fall apart while flipping. Carefully flip the quesadilla with a spatula and brown on other side for 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and cut into four triangles.

Storage Directions

To Store Leftovers: Cooked quesadillas will last for up to 3 days in the fridge. Allow to cool completely before wrapping in plastic wrap or placing in an airtight container. Make sure to refrigerate them within two hours of cooking for safety and quality.

To freeze for later: Cut in half {down the center} and place on a baking sheet and into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once frozen, place in a freezer-safe bag and store for up about a month.  

To Reheat: Microwave frozen quesadilla halves for 45 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes or reheat on medium heat skillet until warm. Add a bit of butter to skillet if needed.

quesadilla cut into quarters on a round cutting board

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Whether you make these for the big game or for an easy dinner this week, I’m sure you’ll love these! If you try this recipe I would love it if you would give it a star rating and tell me what you think! The printable recipe card is below. Have a great week, friends! 🙂

styled quesadilla triangles on a plate with shredded lettuce, dollop of sour cream and lime wedge.
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Chicken Quesadillas

These irresistible Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with delicious shredded chicken taco meat, loads of cheese and a secret ingredient that will blow your mind! They are the perfect appetizer, easy lunch or even dinner!
servings 4
Prep Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz chicken breast
  • 1 oz taco seasoning packet (or 4 tbsp of homemade taco seasoning)
  • 4.5 oz mild diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup mayonaisse
  • 8 medium flour tortillas
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese or colby jack, mexican blend, oaxaca, etc. (shredded)

optional toppings

  • lettuce shredded
  • green onion diced
  • sour cream
  • taco sauce or hot sauce

Instructions

  • Place chicken, taco seasoning, green chilies and salsa in slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until cooked to 165° F. (Alternatively, you can bake or cook on stovetop.)
    cooked chicken breast in crockpot
  • Remove from heat and shred chicken taco meat.
    shredded chicken on a cutting board
  • Add mayonnaise to chicken mixture and mix until well combined. Set aside.
    shredded chicken in a bowl with a spoon
  • Heat large skillet over medium low heat and add one flour tortilla to begin warming.
  • Spread 1/4 cup of shredded cheese over surface of tortilla.
    tortilla with shredded cheese on skillet
  • Measure out 1/2 cup of the crockpot chicken taco meat and add on top of cheese.
    tortilla with shredded cheese and chicken on a skillet
  • Spread another 1/4 cup of shredded cheese over top of chicken.
    tortilla on skillet with shredded cheese and chicken
  • Place another tortilla overtop and gently press down.
    quesadilla on a skillet
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes, peeking at the bottom tortilla for browning.
  • Once browned to your liking, give the top tortilla one more press with your hand to ensure the cheese is stuck and doesn't fall apart while flipping. Carefully flip the quesadilla with a spatula and brown on other side for 2-3 minutes.
    browned quesadilla on a skillet
  • Remove from pan and cut into four triangles. Serve hot with toppings of choice.
    quesadilla cut into quarters on a round cutting board

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 636kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1910mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1462IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 513mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken Quesadilla

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