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Today I wanted to show you how we make this fun BBQ chicken quesadilla recipe using leftovers. It is so delicious and super easy for busy week days. Enjoy for lunch or dinner.

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Easy BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Recipe:

This recipe is one of our favorites and we enjoy it for school lunch, easy summer meals or any time of year. It is so good that we love to eat it all the time! This recipe is a must try.

If you need an easy recipe, try making these BBQ chicken quesadillas. The kids are going to love it. No one will even realize they they are eating leftovers. I love when I can cook once and eat twice.

The kids ask for this all the time in their lunch box and it is a nice change from sandwiches all the time.

photo of ingredients- tortillas, chicken, cheese, bbq sauce, onion


  • Cooked Shredded Chicken Breast– You can use leftover cooked chicken or a Rotisserie Chicken would work great too.
  • Barbecue Sauce – Use your favorite kind or try this easy homemade BBQ Sauce.
  • Large Flour Tortillas – We typically buy the Burrito Size. But any size will do. They are even good with the low carb flour tortillas.
  • Monterey Jack Cheese – Any cheese blend would work great. We like to mix cheeses.
  • Cheddar Cheese 
  • Green Onions 
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How to make Chicken Quesadillas:

  • First, cut the chicken into small pieces. You can dice or shred it.
  • Second, add the bbq sauce and combine it with the chicken. Stir this together and set aside.
  • Next, get your skillet ready and spray with cooking spray or use olive oil. I actually like to use a griddle so I can do several at once. If you have a big family like I do, this is so handy and goes much faster.
  • Put one of the flour tortillas down and add the chicken mixture, chopped green onion and both types of shredded cheese on one side. Fold the tortilla over so that it makes a half moon shape.
  • Finally, cook the quesadillas for a few minutes on each side until the tortillas are golden browned and the cheese is melted. Keep repeating the process until you have made all the quesadillas.

Let them cool and slice. Enjoy!

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Tips for BBQ Chicken Quesadillas:

  • If you have leftover Grilled Chicken, Steak or Shredded Pork, this recipe would work great.
  • It is easy to cook chicken to use on multiple recipes. We do Crock Pot Shredded Chicken all the time for an easy meal option.
  • If you are short on time and have an Instant Pot, Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is the best on cooking chicken fast.
  • Need some ideas on how to use your leftover chicken. Click here for easy meal ideas to help get dinner on the table fast.
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What type of chicken to use

  • Use leftover Rotisserie chicken- shred and use for this easy recipe.
  • BBQ Chicken – Cook this one night for dinner and use leftovers for quesadillas the next day. Since this chicken already has BBQ sauce, you can omit that in the recipe unless you just want extra or need some for dipping.
  • We love BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken – Try using this for ranch flavor the combination of the ranch and BBQ sauce is so good.
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Filling Variation ideas

  • Cheese- Any cheese will work. Pepper jack cheese and Colby make good substitutes.
  • Beans- Black beans or even pinto beans taste amazing.
  • Veggies – Corn, red onion, bell pepper, etc make great add ins.
  • Rice- We keep rice in the freezer and it is so handy to add to recipes like this. It is also a great way to stretch the meat.
  • Pico de gallo – top the chicken with this. Yum!
  • sour cream- I like to put a little bit of sour cream all over the chicken mixture.
  • Mix the chicken with some taco seasoning instead.
  • I like to add in some spinach to my quesadilla.
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What to serve with Chicken Quesadillas:

We love having quesadillas. They are great for lunch, a quick snack or a dinner. If serving as a dinner, I usually add one of these sides to complete the meal.

See What to serve with Quesadillas for more ideas.

Easy Lunchbox idea for kids:

This is so easy to pack for school lunches. My kids love when they get quesadillas in their lunches. Try these tips:

  • Easy lunchbox containers- we love these bento style boxes.
  • BBQ sauce for dipping (optional) – I just bought these mini dippers because they fit better in the lunchbox. If your children don’t need extra sauce for dipping, just omit this step.
  • Add Fresh fruit for an easy side – we did watermelon but any kind will do. Grapes are also a favorite around here.
  • A side – we did Gold Fish Crackers, but you could do chips, more fruit, carrots, or pretzels or even yogurt.

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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

5 from 8 votes
Today I wanted to show you how we make this fun BBQ chicken quesadilla recipe using leftovers. It is so delicious and super easy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cool 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 466


  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken
  • 1 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 6 Large Flour Tortillas Burrito Size
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Green Onions diced
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  • Dice the chicken into smaller pieces. Stir together the chicken and the barbecue sauce into the chicken is thoroughly coated with the sauce.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat.  Place down one flour tortilla.  Place the chicken mixture, green onions and each of the two types of cheese on one side of the flour tortilla.  Fold the tortilla over to make a half moon shape.
  • Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side until the tortillas are browned slightly.  Continue doing this process until all of the quesadillas are made.
  • Let the quesadillas cool for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 466kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 21g, Fat 26g, Saturated Fat 16g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 1132mg, Potassium 235mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 18g, Vitamin A 815IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 603mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Elise Losier says:

    5 stars
    we love Quesadillas!!! it was a new idea how to make them in our Quesadillas maker

  2. Traci says:

    I’m going to try these on my 47yr old heavy equipment operator husband. He needs to get healthy!