These easy chicken quesadillas are buttery, toasted flour tortillas packed full of grilled chicken and perfectly melted cheese.

Chicken Quesadillas dipped in sour cream

Chicken quesadillas are like a Mexican-style grilled cheese! They make a great snack, lunch, or dinner for the whole family.

We all love homemade quesadillas in my house because we can easily customize them. Change up the meat, or add extra veggies and everyone can have the perfect quesadilla for them.

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Chicken Quesadillas with salsa

How To Make a Quesadilla

  1. Put half of the butter in a pan and heat on medium-high until it begins to melt.
  2. Add flour tortilla and on one half of the tortilla sprinkle cheese, onions, peppers, and chicken.
  3. Cook until cheese begins to melt and then flip the empty side of the tortilla over onto the cheesy side.
  4. Press down and let cook until cheese is completely melted.
  5. Cut and serve!
Chicken Quesadillas on a plate with salsa

What Can You Put in a Quesadilla?

As I mentioned earlier, you can make so many variations of these quesadillas. Whether you are feeding a hungry crowd or just keeping the family happy, it’s incredibly easy with this quesadillas recipe. I wanted to give you a few suggestions to consider trying out:

  • Cheese – We typically use cheddar cheese, but mozzarella, Mexican cheese, or Colby Jack would all be great options too. Sometimes we will even add in a dab or two of nacho cheese. 
  • Bacon – Cook some bacon, so it’s well done and crumble it into the quesadilla. I know you may think it’s crazy, but the flavor of the bacon goes perfectly with the other ingredients. Plus, it makes it gourmet and restaurant-style!
  • Beef – Either mix in some cooked beef with the chicken or swap it completely. We enjoy using ground beef or thinly sliced steak. They are both tremendously amazing! 
  • Pork – Don’t want chicken or beef? Try pork! We love these easy BBQ Pork Quesadillas!
  • Beans – Refried beans or black beans give you some added protein and flavor. The texture is pretty great too. If you are using refried beans, spread them out first and add your other toppings. Or, if you are using black beans, you can simply sprinkle them on the layer with the chicken. 
  • Veggies – Whether you want to add some color with tomatoes or add some earthy flavors of mushrooms, they will be great. Vegetables are a healthy option to add some extra pizzazz and color to your chicken and cheese quesadilla. 
  • Shrimp – If you want to take your easy quesadilla recipe to the next level, add in some shrimp. It’s hard to resist a quesadilla with seafood on it. It’s like a hot shrimp taco that you can easily chow down.
Chicken Quesadillas made with cheese and chicken

Topping Ideas For Quesadillas

Just like the fillings, you can add all sorts of ingredients as a topping if you want. Sometimes we eat them plain and other times we go all out and make a huge arrangement of toppings. Here are a few toppings to try:

  • Sour Cream – Can you even eat any kind of Mexican food without sour cream? Either dip the quesadilla into the sour cream or add it to the top and eat it with a fork.
  • Salsa – We love to dip our warm quesadillas in a bowl of salsa. It’s a fantastic combination. 
  • Pico de Gallo – My mouth is watering thinking about it now! 
  • Guacamole – Eating guacamole is a must when I eat Mexican dishes. Creamy avocado is the perfect compliment. 

Those are just a few ideas, but you can really use anything you like. Be sure to let us know how you prefer your quesadillas!

How Do You Store Chicken Quesadillas

There are a couple of options for storing chicken quesadillas. If you are hoping to meal plan or just want to save leftovers, you will be glad to know they do save well. 

Refrigerating: Refrigerating quesadillas can be a little bit tricky. Well, I should say reheating them after chilling them in the fridge can be tricky. First of all, it’s vital to let the quesadilla cool all the way before refrigerating it. Then always keep it in an airtight container. 

When it is time to reheat the quesadillas, you can always microwave it. However, you will probably find that the tortilla will become a little bit soggy. There isn’t much you can do to prevent this. So, the best option I have found is to add a little bit of butter in the skillet and heat them in the pan. This will make them look and taste, just like they did the day they were made! I realize that may not be possible if you are taking them to lunch at work, but if you have access to a stove, it’s the best way to heat them. 

Freezing: Now, let’s talk about freezing these homemade quesadillas. I have had the best results from flash-freezing them. To flash freeze, simply lay them out on a baking sheet and ensure that they aren’t touching each other. Then place the pan in the freezer for 1 – 2 hours. 

After the quesadillas are frozen, you can remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. It’s so easy to just grab one or two (or how many you need) and reheat them. No need to thaw, simply reheat. Just place the chicken quesadillas on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a paper towel. Heat them for 1 minute or until they are hot. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! 

What Should I Serve With Chicken Quesadillas?

If we are eating these quesadillas as a snack or light lunch, many times, we just eat them by themselves. However, if we are hosting a dinner party or just want a more substantial meal, we will add some sides to complete the meal. Some of our favorite sides to serve with the quesadillas are:

Chicken Quesadillas dipped in sour cream

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Servings: 1
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 7 mins

Chicken Quesadillas

Crispy, cheesy chicken quesadillas are good for lunch, snack, or dinner. Comfort food at it's best!

Ingredients

  • 1 Flour Tortilla
  • 2 ounces Grilled chicken, cooked and diced
  • 1 ounce Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons Butter

Instructions

  • Put half of butter in a pan and heat on medium high until it begins to melt.
  • Add flour tortilla and on one half of the tortilla sprinkle cheese and chicken.
  • Cook until cheese begins to melt and then flip the empty side of the tortilla over onto the cheesy side.
  • Press down and let cook until cheese is completely melted.
  • Cut and serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 1quesadilla, Calories: 371kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 496mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 534IU, Calcium: 236mg, Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken quesadillas