BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

This BBQ Chicken Quesadilla is stuffed with smokehouse flavor. Loaded with barbecue chicken, crisp red onion, and cilantro, plus lots of mozzarella and smoked gouda cheese. The smoked gouda is what takes these over the top!

This BBQ chicken quesadilla is based on my favorite BBQ chicken pizza. Whenever the husband fires up the grill for hamburgers or steak to make jibarito sandwiches, I like to throw extra food on there like a few chicken breasts to eat throughout the week.

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Photo

I love making quesadillas because they’re a great way to use up leftovers. And depending on what you stuff them with, they’re suitable for appetizers, lunch or dinner.

I like to think outside the box when it comes to food. We’ve used different bases for making pizza like tortillas or French bread pizza, so I knew transforming my favorite nontraditional pizza into a BBQ chicken quesadilla would be delicious.

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Picture

Like I said, this is a terrific recipe to use up leftover chicken. Just chop and mix with your favorite barbecue sauce. Spicy barbecue would be tasty!

For the cheese I used a mix of mozzarella and smoked gouda. It’s the perfect balance of super melty plus smoky flavor.

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Image

If you like, you could use just one or the other if you like. I also think cheddar would be delicious. There are no rules when it comes to quesadillas!

My only self-imposed “rule” is to shred the cheese myself. Cheese from a block is so much better than the pre-shredded bags!

I use the shred plate that came with my food processor so it literally takes less than 30 seconds, but the results are 10 times better.

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Pic

Instead of traditional sour cream and salsa, I like to serve these barbecue chicken quesadillas with extra BBQ sauce for dipping.

And don’t forget the cilantro, it adds some bright contrast to the richness of the BBQ sauce!

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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 2 cups Chopped Cooked Chicken
  • 2 tablespoons Barbecue Sauce, plus extra for dipping
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • Fresh Cilantro, for garnish


  1. Combine the chicken and barbecue sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the mozzarella and gouda cheeses.
  2. On 4 of the tortillas, evenly distribute the cheese, chicken and onion. Top with remaining tortillas.
  3. On a griddle over medium-low heat, cook the quesadillas until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Cut into wedges and serve with barbecue sauce for dipping, if desired.



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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 198
Calories 501

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g
  Saturated Fat 9g
Sodium 441mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 34g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!

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