Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Sauté chicken and add it to a tortilla shell with your choice of cheese and warm the whole thing for a quick dinner that's kid-approved.

Since living in Texas, we’ve eaten a lot more Tex-Mex than I ever have before. Many of the restaurants we go to around here have cheese quesadillas on the kids menu, and chicken quesadillas for an appetizer.

My boys love cheese quesadillas, and will sometimes eat them with chicken inside. About once per week, I’ll make a cheese quesadilla after they go to bed and send it in their lunches the next day. Both boys will eat them both cold or warm, so it’s great for lunches.

I’ve tried the cheese quesadillas and feel like they are a bit plain. I prefer having some chicken in them for more flavor plus they are more filling with meat.

Quesadillas are a great option for a quick meal because they don’t take long to cook. Including the chicken, the quesadillas took me about 30 minutes total. I think it took us longer to figure out the best way to photograph and take the pictures than it did to make the food!

You can serve the quesadillas with a variety of dipping options. Ryan and I like sour cream with ours. Tyler will usually dip his in Ranch dressing. Justin likes salsa or guacamole.

When we need the meal ready in a few minutes, I use store-bought tortilla shells. But when I have time, I prefer to make my own using this recipe. You can also use any cheese that you prefer.

You’ll see in the photos that I had two different flavors. Justin wanted his to have pepper jack cheese, the boys and I had cheddar. Sliced and shredded both work well, but if you use sliced it’s less likely for any to fall out as you flip the quesadillas.

Step by Step

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and pour in the oil. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces or strips and season with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. I like to sprinkle in a bit of onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Sauté until the chicken is cooked through.

Meanwhile, lay out the tortilla shells and place the cheese on one half of each shell.

Top the cheese with 1/4 of the chicken on each shell.

Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

In a small skillet, over medium heat, warm the quesadilla by folding it in half and cooking for about 3-4 minutes.

Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Carefully flip the quesadilla and cook the other side for another 3-4 minutes, or until the shell is browned and the cheese has melted.

Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Repeat with each quesadilla until they are all cooked. Slice the quesadillas (a pizza cutter works well for this) into 4 pieces and serve warm.

Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas


Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Sauté chicken and add it to a tortilla shell with your choice of cheese and warm the whole thing for a quick dinner that’s kid-approved.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, chicken
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 1 vote


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 tortilla shells
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)

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  • In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces or strips and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning
  • Sauté the chicken in the oil until the chicken is cooked through
  • Lay out each tortilla and cover one half of each shell with 1/4 of the cheese
  • When the chicken is done, place 1/4 of the chicken on the cheese for each tortilla
  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat
  • Fold one tortilla shell in half and place in the warm skillet
  • Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until the shell is golden brown on the bottom
  • Carefully flip and cook the other side for another 3-4 minutes or until the shell is browned and the cheese has melted
  • Repeat for each quesadilla
  • Cut each quesadilla into 4 pieces and serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 481mg20%
Potassium 473mg14%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 228mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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32 thoughts on “Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas”


    I really do love quesadillas they’re yummy. I’ve not tried this version before. Thanks for the recipe I must try it on the kids.

  2. My kids love quesadillas, the chicken and cheese is their favorite. That’s such a great idea to use a pizza cutter. That would probably make a world of difference. I’ve even added buffalo sauce for my husband and he’s a fan too. I’ll havw to try that recipe you shared for the tortillas!

  3. Quesadillas are quick and easy to fix. I often find myself making them for a quick lunch. I also lean more toward chicken than beef, and this is a great way to make those quesadillas interesting.

  4. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Since I live in Japan, Mexican food is hard to come by. I always love Mexican food (and Tex-Mex too). I want to make quesadillas now!

  5. Even though I’m lactose sensitive, I do enjoy an occasional cheesy food and quesadillas are sometimes enjoyed. I like the veggie mixed version very much.

    1. My mom is the same and has to be careful with how much cheese she eats. But always makes an exception for Tex-Mex foods. Quesadillas are great because you can fill them however you want!

  6. I’ve never made quesadillas at home! I’ll have to add it to the rotation. My kids love anything with cheese. 😀

  7. That does look really delicious. I wouldn’t have thought to use the pepper jack. But I think it’s great. I will have to try this out at home. I have a bunch of chicken I need to cook up and this would be perfect.

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