Chicken Quesadillas

These easy, cheesy Chicken Quesadillas are a crowd favorite. They are not only filled with cheese and chicken, but a delicious homemade sauce that makes these hand-held goodies irresistible!

Whenever I’m in a bind around dinner time, these quesadillas are a life saver! Served with a little homemade salsa and a side of spanish rice, these quesadillas make for a tasty and filling meal! But they’re also great for game-day appetizers.

A hand holding a slice of Chicken Quesadilla

Not just an average quesadilla

I feel like these chicken and cheese quesadillas could possibly solve all of the world’s problems. It definitely solves all of my problems on a rough day. There is just something so comforting about a hot cheesy filled tortilla. Add in some chicken and you’ve got a full rounded meal for lunch, dinner, or a midnight snack!

Sometimes we even make these as little appetizers for dinner parties or game day watching! Cut them into little bit sized triangles and they will be devoured in minutes!

By the way, these aren’t just any chicken quesadillas. These quesadillas have a secret magic yummy sauce in the middle that take these to another level. Who knew that a little mayo, taco seasoning, and hot sauce could be the winning combo for a quesadilla sauce? YUM!

Shredded chicken in bowl for quesadillas

How to make Chicken Quesadillas

I just love how easy these are to make. Perfect for when you can’t decide what to have for dinner that day. I told you these quesadillas are your answer to anything!

Ingredients. You’ll need about 2 cups of seasoned shredded chicken for this recipe. We love to use homemade tortillas (once you go homemade you never go back), but any tortillas you have will be great.

Sauce. Whisk together the taco seasoning, mayo, hot sauce, and garlic salt in a bowl. Spread the mixture onto one side of a tortilla.

Layer. Add your desired amount of shredded chicken and cheese to the tortilla. Add a layer of the sauce onto another tortilla and place that on top.

Microwave. Cook your quesadilla in the microwave first for about 20 seconds. This will help the cheese get extra melty.

Stove. Then place the quesadilla in a pan on the stove until it gets brown and crispy.

Helpful Tips:

  • Instead of cooking the stove top try using a panini press or if you’re making several quesadillas, use a pancake griddle.
  • Instead of using two tortillas, use one tortilla and fold it in half. This makes it easier to flip in the pan.

Flour tortillas used to make quesadillas

Making ahead and leftover tips

Storing. Store leftover quesadillas in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheating. No one likes a soggy quesadilla. The best way to reheat it and still keep the outside crispy is to use a non stick pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot place the quesadilla in the pan. Heat for 1-2 minutes on each side until the cheese has melted and the tortilla is crispy once again.

Make ahead and freeze. Follow the recipe like usual. Once you have heated the quesadilla in the microwave, place them on a cookie sheet. Flash freeze them until firm. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat, place frozen quesadilla in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a nonstick pan and finish cooking over medium heat until cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy.

If this post hasn’t already convinced you to try this simple chicken quesadilla today, then make it ASAP! The sauce is my favorite part because all the spices mixed together made it so addicting!! And we are sure to make extra sauce to use for dipping too.

Let us know how you love it in the comments.

Chicken and cheese Quesadilla slices stacked on a plate

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Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

4.92 from 49 votes
These easy, cheesy Chicken Quesadillas are not only filled with cheese and chicken, but a delicious homemade sauce that makes these hand-held goodies irresistible!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 478 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 6 tortillas
  • 2 cups mexican cheese
  • 2 cups shredded chicken seasoned


  • Whisk together mayo, taco seasoning, garlic salt, and hot sauce. NOTE: You can use whatever hot sauce you prefer. We love to keep around the mild sauce from taco bell, so I always use that plus my husbands favorite, Valentino.
  • Spread mixture on one side of tortilla. Sprinkle desired amount of shredded chicken on top, then cheese. Add sauce to a second tortilla and place on top.
  • Heat in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then put on the stove, until nice a crisp. If you have sauce left over, use for dipping!



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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. You can buy it seasoned or I like to add salt, pepper, & maybe a little garlic or dried herbs to mine, as I cook it 🙂 Hope that helps!!

      1. 5 stars
        Ok. First I made the sauce. It tasted a little too mayonnaise-y. So I added a little more taco seasoning and hot sauce. We use tapatio. My chicken i seasoned with a little taco seasoning and some chicken flavored seasoning. Placed in a bowl and used my hand mixer to shred it up. Then I mixed everything together with hand mixer just to ensure a good coating. I added 2 TBsp of each nacho cheese and queso cheese from cans. Spread over tortilla, folded in half and used my george Forman panini press to crisp them up. Soooo very delicious!!

    1. I usually season chicken with a little salt & pepper, sometimes a little garlic salt, or other herbs. Whatever you like 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Tried these tonight (minus the chicken because I didn’t have any). I’LL admit I was a little nervous about the sauce, but it did make them extra yummy!

  1. 4 stars
    Pretty good. I season my chicken with adobo. Sauce is nice. Quick tip though I actually cook mine in the waffle maker comes out awesome and almost no clean up

      1. I wouldn’t use a waffle iron, but a pancake griddle would work. I would maybe set it to 300

    1. 5 stars
      These were so good my kids loved them i didnt have shrerred chicken so i cooked some BONELESS chicken in broth seasoned with salt n pepper then sherred it i Did the recipe as WRITTEN i used taco BEll hot SAUUCE i added sOME 4 mexican cheese and taco cheese in middle put it on the GRIDDLE topped it with sour cream, salsa, and cojita cheese My 10 year old said he can eat these EVERYDay

  2. 5 stars
    I made these last nIght they were so good my kids loved it. I cooked some boneless chicken in chicken broth seasoned it with salt n pepper then shrerred the chicken i did the recipe as written added some Taco bell hot sauce, 4 mexican chesse, Taco Cheese in the middle placed on the griddle ADDEd salsa, sour cream and cojita cheese as the FINISHINg TOPPING MY 10 year son said i can eat these everyday

  3. 4 stars
    It was a little more MAYONAISEy than I prefer, but I also dont like the taste of mayo. I added extra hot sauce and a lot more cheese. But they were DELICIOUS!!! Definitely recommend this one!!!!

  4. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe! I did however double the seasonings! We used a 14.5 oz. can Keystone fully cooked chicken. This is truly easy and delicious!

    1. You sure could. It would maybe change the taste just a little, but it would still be yummy!

    1. You can cook the same way you’d cook chicken breasts. Which ever way you like to cook chicken, it would still need to be cooked & shredded, no matter what type of chicken.

  5. 5 stars
    WOw! These look amazing. That sauce really takes them to a new level. I will use a homemAde taco seasoning mIx

  6. 5 stars
    This has been our go to lUnch! I am so glad that i found this recipe so that i could change It up and add some flavor to it.

  7. 5 stars
    So delicious! We ditched tonights dinner plans to try these, and they did not disappoint! We eat quesadillas a lot, but i was super excited to try the sauce. It reminds me exactly of a certain fast food chain, which means ill be putting it on everything now. Haha! I also love the idea of microwaving it first and then toasting it on the pan. Cut the time in half, which was good news for my hungry toddler, who is packing away his own Quesadilla as we sPEak.

    1. Yay!! Glad you ditched your dinner plans 🙂 Thanks for trying these!! The sauce is my favorite!

  8. 5 stars
    I was i had Some taco bell sauce because I think it would’ve been very similar to their quesadilla.

  9. 5 stars
    We loved these! The sauce adds just the flavor. My favorite was how easy it was. I’ve made chicken quesadillas before but I like these with the sauce better. Next time I’ll split the cheese and do half under the chicken and half on top of the chicken to help both sides stick better.

  10. 5 stars
    Love love this recipe. Made this reCipe last niGht. So eAsy and Quick, but Yummy. I used already baked chicken that i bought from a grocery store, but i made my own tacos seasoning. I skipped the Hot sauce so i could give it to my toddler. This is my to go recipe for laZy days. Thanks kristyN for the recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    I had no idea what was for dinner tonight. Score we had left over chicken from last night. So we gave this a try. It is so yummy! I never would have thought mayo. But it turns out so good.

    1. I am glad you gave them a try! Love when I have ingredients on hand to try something I find! Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    Another awesome recipe. My 3 year old loved these. Very gooey and so good. Toodler approved, especially dipped in guacamole.

  13. 5 stars
    We loved it!!! Made a few yummy tweaks – used rotis chicken and added saut onions and gr peppers. Loved it!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  14. 5 stars
    The sauce is unreal! Made these for dinner tonight because i had everything On hand and they were a hit. My kids asked if we couLd have thEm again fOr lunch tomorrow ?

  15. 4 stars
    I felt like there wasn’t much flavor. I’m not sure what to do about that. I like this recipe so I’m going to keep trying until I get what I’m looking for. I added a can of rinsed and drained black beans. Yum!!

      1. 5 stars
        So good! I finished them in the oven and it seemed to work pretty well. Next time I’m going to try the pan method. Served some tortilla soup on the side and it was a great dinner! Thanks for sharing!

  16. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe.. This has got to be the best quesadilla recipe !!!! I used both chicken and beef.. And they were amazing… Thank you for the trick with the microwave that made my life so much easier.. If anybody is looking for a quesadilla recipe…look no further !!
    They are absolutely delicious.

  17. 5 stars
    I was a little skeptical about the sauce but oh my goodness it was DELICIOUS!! My husband was also impressed and said it was the best quesadilla he’s had, he even used additional sauce for dipping. I did saute some onions, green pepper and jalapeno then mixed it with the shredded chicken and put some taco seasoning and garlic salt on the chicken as it cooked. If you haven’t tried this recipe you’re doing your tummy a disservice! I’ve got leftovers so I’m going to try it on flatbread too.

  18. 5 stars
    This suace is divine. We double the spices with the same amount of Mayo. My daughter that loves spicy would eat these every day.

  19. 5 stars
    These quesadillas are excellent! I made them tonight with your sour cream rice and we all loved them so much! They said I should go to taco bell and teach them how to make their quesadillas. Haha. I did double the seasoning as other people have suggested. Very simple and just so yummy! Thank you 🙂

  20. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and, wow. Just wow. Was so delicious! So easy to make and I’m not a fan of cooking. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  21. 5 stars
    Awesome quesadillas! I added more hot sauce ( I used Sriracha) and topped it all with salsa and sour cream and it was out of this world good! Thanks!