Chicken Quesadillas


This chicken quesadilla recipe is great to make for parties. Zesty chicken, cooked peppers, and melted cheese are a delightful combination. Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

This cheesy chicken quesadilla recipe features Mexican spices, colorful veggies, and tons of delicious flavor. 

What Is a Quesadilla?

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish that consists of a tortilla filled with cheese (and often other ingredients, such as meat and veggies). It’s cooked on a griddle or stove. Full quesadillas feature cheese sandwiched between two flat tortillas. Half quesadillas, like the one in this recipe, is a single tortilla that has been topped with fillings and folded into a half moon shape. 

How to Make a Chicken Quesadilla 

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

What to Put In a Quesadilla

For this chicken quesadilla recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Chicken: Of course, you’ll need chicken! This recipe calls for a pound of diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts. 
  • Seasonings: Use store-bought fajita seasoning or make your own spice blend at home
  • Vegetables: You’ll need green bell peppers, red bell peppers, and an onion. 
  • Tortillas: For 10 chicken quesadillas, you’ll need 10 flour tortillas. Use store-bought or homemade tortillas
  • Cheese: A blend of shredded Cheddar and shredded Monterey Jack takes the quesadillas up a notch. 
  • Bacon: Bacon bits lend a burst of savory, meaty texture to the cheesy chicken quesadilla filling. For a more traditional dish, you can easily omit the bacon bits.

How to Make Chicken Quesadillas at Home

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make restaurant-worthy chicken quesadillas at home: 

  1. Season the chicken, then broil it until it’s cooked through.
  2. Cook the vegetables with the broiled chicken. 
  3. Layer the mixture onto half of the tortilla, then top with cheese and bacon. 
  4. Fold the tortillas and bake until the cheese is melted. 
  5. Cut the quesadillas into wedges. 

What to Serve With Quesadillas

Need some serving inspiration for chicken quesadillas? You’ll discover delicious ideas when you explore our entire collection of Mexican Side Dishes. Here are a few of the top-rated recipes you’ll find: 

How to Store and Reheat Chicken Quesadillas

Store your leftover chicken quesadillas in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat the quesadillas on the stove for the best results, but you can also reheat them in the oven or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“Delicious,” raves Marcella. “I added a can of chopped green chilies and used a whole envelope of taco seasoning instead of fajita. My family said the recipe was a keeper!”

“Lots of prep, but once that's done, the assembly is quick and easy,” according to MizP. “I made this as-is for the kids, and a spicier version (with jalapenos and spicy cheese) for the grown-ups.”

“This was delicious,” says Southern Cook. “Added sour cream, guacamole, and salsa as topping options.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, diced

  • 1 (1.27 ounce) packet fajita seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1 tablespoon bacon bits


  1. Preheat the broiler. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  2. Toss chicken with fajita seasoning, then spread onto the prepared baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in bell peppers, onion, and broiled chicken. Cook and stir until vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes.

  5. Layer half of each tortilla with chicken and vegetable mixture, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and bacon bits. Fold tortillas in half and place onto a baking sheet.

  6. Bake quesadillas in the preheated oven until cheeses have melted, about 10 minutes. Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve.

    Chicken Quesadillas

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

472 Calories
22g Fat
40g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 472
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 1014mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 427mg 33%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 268mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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