Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

David Dial | Spiced Blog

An easy grilled chicken quesadilla recipe. The magic is in the marinade!

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Photo

I personally think that everything tastes better on the grill. I also really like Mexican food, and quesadillas are probably my number one “go-to” meal when I’m short on time. A couple tortillas, some shredded cheese, a couple of jalapenos and onions, and you’re all set.

But last weekend, I decided to experiment a bit. What if I grilled the quesadilla? No, not just grilled the chicken. Grill the entire quesadilla, too. Well, I’m very glad I decided to try this because these grilled chicken quesadillas have now earned a permanent spot in our list of top dinner ideas!

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Picture

I wanted to include chicken in these grilled quesadillas, but I find that chicken tends to dry out very easily on the grill. So I decided to throw together a quick marinade for the chicken before putting it on the grill. If you happen to have bottled marinade around, you could certainly use that, too.

I didn’t have any bottled marinades in the pantry, so I threw some of my favorite ingredients into a mini-food processor and made my own. (The beautiful thing about making your own is you can substitute in your favorite ingredients. Don’t like garlic? Leave it out. Like spicy food? Throw in an extra jalapeno.)

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Image

I like to include onions in my quesadilla, but raw onions are way too potent since quesadillas don’t take very long to make. So guess what? Yup, I grilled the onions, too. In case you’re counting, that makes grilled chicken and grilled onions… all inside a grilled quesadilla. The little bit of char-flavor really elevates this entire recipe. Sure, it might require a bit of assembly, but the resulting quesadilla is well worth your efforts!

If you enjoy grilled chicken, then make sure to check out my recent post on BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe!

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Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

    4 Servings


For the Marinade:
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 jalapeños Jalapeño, seeded and deveined
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
For the Quesadillas:
  • 4 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 Red Onion, cut into 1/2" slices
  • 2 cups Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 4 Burrito-Sized Flour Tortillas
  • Salsa, for dipping


  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth.  Place chicken breasts in a small dish and coat with marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.  Brush the onion slices with olive oil.  Place chicken and onions on grill, and grill for 10-12 minutes or until done.  Transfer cooked chicken and onions to a cutting board.  Dice until ½”-1” pieces.
  3. Lay out the 4 tortillas and distribute cheese, chicken, and onions evenly.  Fold in half and place on grill over medium heat.  Grill for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cheese has fully melted.  Cut into wedges and serve with salsa.


Cooking Method:
Tex Mex
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Author: David Dial
Recipe Yields: 4 quesadillas
Prep Time: 195 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 215 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 quesadilla
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 304
Calories 703

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g
  Saturated Fat 14g
Sodium 1032mg
Total Carbohydrate 61g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 23g

* 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.
David Dial

About David

David is bringing up the guy quotient here on Food Fanatic, representing all things Grilling in a big way. On his own site, Spiced, David covers every kind of culinary adventure.

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