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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas: Smoky and Cheesy!

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are a type of quesadilla that features chicken cooked in BBQ sauce and cheese. The chicken can be shredded or chopped and mixed with BBQ sauce before being layered with cheese on a tortilla and folded in half. The tortilla is then cooked until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy. Some recipes also include red onions, peppers, and cilantro for added flavor and texture. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas can be served with a side of extra BBQ sauce for dipping. They are a great option for a quick and easy meal or snack and can be customized with different types of cheese and toppings.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Perfect for busy families, students on the go, and BBQ lovers.
  • Estimated Duration: 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, 20g protein, 20g carbs, and 12g fat.

About This Recipe

Originally a Mexican dish, quesadillas have become a culinary canvas of global fusion. By adding BBQ chicken, we are creating a meeting point between Mexican and American cuisines. It’s quick, easy, and packed full of flavor.

Who doesn’t love the perfect blend of smoky barbecue chicken and gooey, melted cheese tucked inside a warm tortilla? BBQ Chicken Quesadillas offer a harmony of flavors and textures, making it a mealtime favorite for both kids and adults.

Equipment Required

  • Non-stick skillet or griddle
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cheese grater
  • Spatula


  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prep Chicken: Mix the shredded chicken with BBQ sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Preheat Skillet: Place a skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Assemble: On half of each tortilla, spread a layer of shredded cheese, followed by BBQ chicken and a few slices of red onion.
  4. Fold and Cook: Fold the tortilla in half and place it on the skillet.
  5. Flip: Cook until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side.
  6. Finish and Serve: Remove from skillet, let it cool for a minute, then slice into wedges.

Side Dishes

  • Coleslaw
  • Mexican rice
  • Guacamole and chips
  • Grilled vegetables

Storage Options

Wrap in aluminum foil and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in a skillet for best texture.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Use whole-grain tortillas for a healthier option.
  • Swap cheddar cheese with mozzarella for a milder taste.
  • Turkey or pork can replace chicken.

Alternatives to This Meal

  • BBQ Chicken Tacos
  • Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas
  • Veggie Quesadillas for a meat-free option

If you are interested in reading more about Exciting Quesadillas Recipes, please take a look at these related articles: Hawaiian Pineapple and Ham Quesadillas or Breakfast Quesadillas.


BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are a quick, nutritious, and versatile dish that the whole family can enjoy. They are perfect for weeknight dinners or as appetizers for a weekend get-together. Give this recipe a try, and you won’t be disappointed!