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This dish is not your average quesadilla. This sweet and tangy bbq chicken adds a new twist inside the cheesy quesadilla. It is a filling snack that is perfect for family gatherings or a chill kickback. I first made this recipe when I was a sophomore in high school. I was hungry and I was tired of making the regular plain cheese quesadilla. However, I still wanted something easy to make. So, I came across a bbq chicken quesadilla recipe that got me really excited. After making it, the smell covered the whole house. This brought my family to the kitchen, interested in trying what I made. After one bite everyone loved it and keeps asking for more. It is a really good dish and easy to make, also it only takes about 10-15 minutes! You should try it!

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  • red onion
  • chicken breasts
  • cilantro (optional)
  • bbq sauce (store bought works)
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • mixed cheese (cheddar and mozzarella)
  • sour cream
  • flour tortilla
  • butter (unsalted)

Step 1: PREPARE INGREDIENTS: Chop up red onions. Then cut the chicken breasts into little bite size pieces/squares.

Step 2: PREPARE CHICKEN: Heat a large skillet on medium low heat. Next, put the cut up chicken on the pan and add a little bit of salt and black pepper to season. With a spatula or spoon, stir and move the chicken around and wait till chicken is fully cooked, then add in the bbq sauce and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Then turn off heat, pour chicken into a bowl, and set it aside.

Step 3: PREPARE QUESADILLA: Heat a different large skillet on medium low heat. Butter the pan. Place one flour tortilla onto pan. Add cheese, then add onions, then add bbq chicken, and then cilantro. Lastly add one more layer or cheese and add another flour tortilla. Let it sit till the tortilla is golden brown on the bottom then flip. This will add a little extra of crunchiness to the tortilla. When both sides are a little bit golden brown and the cheese has melted, transfer it onto a plate.

Step 4: SERVE: Serve it with a little bit of sour cream on the side. If you don’t like sour cream, salsa and guacamole would taste great too! This is optional but you can add cilantro on top for garnish and extra flavor.


J Nguyen

Author: Jenny Nguyen