Chicken Quesadilla Recipe (VIDEO)

Sharing an easy homemade Chicken Quesadilla Recipe. Amazing combination of shredded cooked chicken, cheese, spicy mayo sauce in a tortilla, cooked until the tortillas are crispy. This is similar to Taco Bell’s quesadillas but so much better.

These quesadillas and our Easy Pizza Bites are the kids’ favorite food for after school. The quesadillas were inspired by our Buffalo Chicken Dip and taste similar to the popular dip.

Chicken quesadillas on platter with sour cream and avocado.

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Though quesadillas originated from Mexico, they are popular throughout many restaurants, served with different fillings. This recipe has chicken and cheese with a spicy mayo combined and spread in flour tortillas. The tortillas are sauteed and become so crispy on the outside and the filling melts and becomes so cheesy on the inside!

I love this recipe because it uses ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry. It takes about 5 minutes of prep time to make the quesadillas and another 5 to cook them. Lunch or dinner can be on the table in 10-15 minutes.

The easier recipe for chicken quesadillas with a 5-minute prep time. Serve the quesadillas with avocados and sour cream.

chicken quesadilla recipe-

What I love about this recipe is that you can make the mixture in advance and refrigerate it. Then, when you’re ready to serve them, assemble and cook the chicken quesadillas and they are ready within minutes. You can store the mixture in the fridge for several days. These are great for when your kids come from school and need a snack.

can I freeze chicken quesadillas?

Yes, these chicken quesadillas are really great to freeze. Completely make the chicken quesadilla recipe, close tightly and freeze in a Ziploc bag. Just thaw the quesadillas to cook them.

It’s so easy to prep, make and freeze these quesadillas. You then have dinner for busy evenings or for when kids come home hungry after school.

Step-by-step photos how to make chicken quesadillas with cheese.

tips on how to make quesadillas-

    • This recipe calls for cooked chicken. You can either use canned chicken or cook your own chicken.
    • To cook chicken- In a saucepan add half part chicken broth, half part water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring chicken to a boil (remove any scum that rises to the top.) Turn heat down to low and simmer 15-20 minutes, until desired tenderness of chicken is reached. Once the chicken is cooled, pull apart with a fork or shred with a Kitchen Aid mixer with the flat beater attachment.
    • If you love spicy food, add more sriracha (or hot sauce).
    • Grating a block of cheese is better than pre-packed shredded cheese. Performs better in recipes.
    • If you have a non-stick pan, oil doesn’t need to be added when cooking. If you don’t have a non-stick pan, or want the quesadillas really crispy, lightly grease the pan with oil and heat before adding quesadillas.

what kind of chicken do I use?

Any cooked chicken will work in this recipe. Canned chicken, leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken shredded will all work great in this recipe.

Quesadilla piled up next to sour cream, topped with greens.

what to serve with quesadillas-

These chicken quesadillas may be served with guacamole, sour cream, avocadoes or even your favorite salsa.

Hope you enjoy these Chicken Quesadillas, they are especially fun to make with kids! 🙂

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5 from 6 votes

Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Amazing quesadilla recipe. Chicken and cheese stuffed flour tortillas cooked until crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside. You can have these done in 10 minutes. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quesadilla
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 409kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 cup cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • 2-3 tsp sriracha sauce or RedHot sauce
  • dash of salt, pepper and paprika
  • 3 burrito flour tortillas
  • sour cream for dipping, optional
  • avocado, optional


  • Combine the chicken, cream cheese, ranch, cheese, sriracha, salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix with a fork or blend
  • Spread some of the chicken mixture on one half of a tortilla. Bring the other side over and pat down.
  • Drizzle oil into a large skillet (or keep dry) heat oil. Cook about 2-3 minutes, per side (until tortillas are crispy and filling is hot).
  • Enjoy immediately. 


(If you don’t use all the mixture up, just keep it closed and refrigerated. It will taste just fine the following day.)
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Quesadilla Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 905mg39%
Potassium 146mg4%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 18 Comments
  • Olya 09/04/2019, 7:29 pm Link Reply

    I just made this with jalapeño ranch from Natashas kitchen and it was amazing. My 5 year old told me I should cook for everyone is the world because it was so amazing 😂

    • Valentina's Corner 09/04/2019, 9:41 pm Link Reply

      That sounds like a lovely combination, Olya. Your little one is so sweet, you’ve trained them to be grateful. 😉

  • Jessica 03/12/2019, 2:15 pm Link Reply

    This is one of my favorite recipes!! Taco Bell has nothing on you 😉

    • Valentina's Corner 03/12/2019, 2:20 pm Link Reply

      Jessica, thank you for your feedback. We love this quesadilla recipe

  • Kat 03/09/2019, 4:02 pm Link Reply

    I love a good quesadilla recipe! It always makes for one quick meal and this spicy chicken filling looks so delicious . I love that you added Sriracha!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/11/2019, 12:39 am Link Reply

      Thanks, Kat. I’m with you on this one, it’s always good to have a go-to quesadilla recipe for easy dinners. 🙂

  • Julia Frey 03/09/2019, 5:46 am Link Reply

    My kids are hugely into quesadillas at the moment, that they actually make themselves. I can’t wait to show them this Spicy Chicken Quesadilla recipe. My son is a big fan of anything spicy!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/09/2019, 1:29 pm Link Reply

      Give this quesadilla recipe a try, Julia. I think your kids will love them. (And it’s ready in like 10 minutes – so easy.)

  • Dina 03/08/2019, 5:06 pm Link Reply

    Whenever I have leftover chicken at home, chicken quesadillas are the first thing that comes to mind. This recipe looks delightful Valentina. I will definitely be trying your spicy version out!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/08/2019, 11:01 pm Link Reply

      These quesadillas are perfect for leftover chicken – so easy and delicious. 🙂 Enjoy.

  • ND 03/07/2019, 9:24 am Link Reply

    When I was 16, I worked at Mexican food place. Ate quesadillas literally every day. This chicken quesadilla reminds me of the good old days! Love them hint of spice!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/07/2019, 5:15 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for the feedback, ND! I love the quesadilla recipe as well. A recipe couldn’t be any easier.

  • jessica 02/27/2018, 12:11 pm Link Reply

    I have a leftover baked drumsticks. Do you think i can use this meat for your recipe? Thanks

    • admin 02/27/2018, 12:57 pm Link Reply

      Jessica, you can use any cooked chicken. Your drumsticks will work wonderfully. 🙂 Enjoy!!!

      • jessica 02/27/2018, 2:08 pm Link

        Thank you so much for such a quick reply! Will make it soon, and i tried Sweet Potato & Egg One-Skillet Breakfast recipe today and really liked it! Thanks again! Wish i could leave somewhere closer to where you leave so i could meet you

      • admin 02/28/2018, 12:17 pm Link

        You’re so sweet, Jessica. I’m such a simple person though, nothing special enough to meet;). I just had the sweet potato breakfast as well, it’s a favorite for me. 🙂 Have a blessed week.

  • Eliana 09/25/2014, 10:19 pm Link Reply

    Do you use fresh or canned chicken?.

    • admin 09/25/2014, 10:57 pm Link Reply

      I used a fresh chicken breast and cook it myself. If we are ever in a hurry, canned chicken works just fine as well. 🙂

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