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Top-down view of BBQ Chicken Quesadillas on a gray plate with a sprinkling of onions.

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are pure tangy, melty goodness. They're a great use of leftover roast chicken! Serves 2 for lunch, or up to 6 as a light party snack.

Course Entree or snack
Cuisine American/Comfort Food
Keyword bbq chicken quesadillas, bbq quesadillas, quesadillas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 –6
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken cut into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce (see Recipe Note #1)
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion finely minced
  • 2 flour tortillas (large/burrito size; see Recipe Note 2)
  • 2 tsp olive oil extra virgin (divided)

Instructions

FOR "PIZZA STYLE" QUESADILLAS (one giant quesadilla with the filling sandwiched between the two tortillas)

  1. Lightly rub one side of a large, burrito-sized tortilla with olive oil (1 tsp). Place the tortilla, oiled side down, into a preheated nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Spread 3/4 cups of cheese onto the tortilla, leaving about 1/2" of space between the cheese and the edge of the tortilla. Add the meat mixture and sprinkle with the onions. Top with the remaining cheese and the other tortilla. Lightly oil the top tortilla and lid the skillet. Let cook for 1–2 minutes, or until the bottom tortilla is golden-brown. CAREFULLY flip the quesadilla and continue cooking (lid the skillet again) until golden-brown on the second side, an additional 2–3 minutes.

  2. Carefully transfer the quesadilla onto a cutting board and cut into slices as you would a pizza.

FOR FOLDED QUESADILLAS (2 separate quesadillas with the filling folded inside)

  1. Divide the cheese into 2 piles with 3/4 cups each. For each tortilla, spread half of one cheese pile onto half of each tortilla, leaving about 1/2" between the cheese and the edge of the tortilla (see the photo here: these are not the same quesadillas, but you can see how I've arranged the filling). Add half of the meat mixture to the same half of each tortilla and sprinkle each with half of the onions. Now, for each tortilla, spread the remaining cheese in each pile over the top of the filling. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the filling. Rub 1/4 tsp of olive oil onto the top of each quesadilla. Place the quesadillas, oiled-side down, into a preheated non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Rub 1/4 tsp olive oil onto the exposed side of each quesadilla. Lid the skillet. Let cook for 2–3 minutes, or until the bottom tortilla is golden-brown. Carefully flip the quesadillas and continue cooking (lid the skillet again) until golden-brown on the second side, an additional 2–3 minutes.

  2. Carefully transfer the quesadillas onto a cutting board and cut each quesadilla into 3 roughly equal slices.

Recipe Notes

  1. Use your favorite store-bought sauce. We like Sweet Baby Ray's.
  2. To lighten up these quesadillas, use whole wheat tortillas.