Dinner Shortcuts: BBQ chicken quesadilla

Brandy O'Neill

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Chicken, BBQ sauce and caramelized onions all pressed between two buttery grilled tortillas. This is one delicious and easy dinner.

bbq chicken quesadillas

Quesadillas are the easiest way to throw together a quick and easy dinner. Plus it's a great option for cleaning out the fridge. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. My favorite way to use up leftover chicken is by mixing it with my favorite BBQ sauce and adding a little caramelized onion. It's meaty, sweet and full of flavor!

BBQ chicken quesadilla

Yields 1 quesadilla


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup leftover chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, slowly sauté the onions until tender and golden brown in color, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chicken and BBQ sauce.
  3. Lay out 1 flour tortilla and add 1/4 cup cheese, onions, chicken and remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Top with remaining tortilla.
  4. In a small skillet set over medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and once it's melted add in quesadilla. Cook until underside is golden brown and the cheese has started to melt.
  5. Carefully flip to the other side and cook until golden brown and middle is warm and melted.
  6. Cut into 4 wedges and enjoy with a small side of extra BBQ sauce.

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Brandy O'Neill
Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her food is influenced by her small town roots as well as her many travels around the world.