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BBQ Ranch Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Ranch Chicken Quesadilla

Cool ranch and tangy BBQ sauce compliment cajun chicken just perfectly on these quesadillas!

Many, many recipes in this house are created as a result of trying to use up leftovers. It’s my effort to NOT be wasteful which can be tricky sometimes. Today’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Quesadillas are a perfect example of this effort!

A couple of weeks ago we had Cheesy Tex-Mex Chicken that I served with tortillas. A handful of tortillas were leftover, so into the freezer they went. Then, last week I whipped up simple creamy alfredo sauce to use in this Italian Love Nests recipe that I made when some friends came over for dinner (it really is a great entertaining recipe!). Are you following me so far? Of course there was leftover alfredo sauce, so a couple of days ago, I decided to grill up some cajun chicken to create a cajun chicken fetteccini alfredo. The leftover cycle continued when we didn’t use up all of the cajun chicken.

Fast forward to today when I realized it was probably the last day I’d be able to use the leftover cajun chicken before it went bad. After opening and closing the fridge and freezer 10 times (am I the only one who does this?! As though looking into the fridge an 8th time will reveal something new?) I finally decided upon these BBQ Ranch Chicken Quesadillas, and I’m glad I did! Cool ranch, tangy BBQ sauce, and cajun chicken, along with sharp cheddar and spicy pepper-jack cheese with a hint of cilantro, proved to be the perfect combo on a quesadilla, and a fabulous Sunday afternoon lunch.

Notes: Options with these BBQ Ranch Chicken Quesadillas include omitting the chicken for a vegetarian alternative. You could also use plain grilled chicken over the cajun version if you’re not too keen with cajun seasoning. If you’d like cajun chicken, simply sprinkle cajun seasoning (found in the spices aisle at your grocery store) on both sides of the chicken. Grill the chicken until it’s cooked through, then cut into strips.

BBQ Ranch Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Ranch Chicken Quesadillas

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 8mn
Total Time: 13mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Fajita size tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce per quesadilla
  • 1 tablespoon Ranch dressing per quesadilla
  • Grilled Chicken (cajun or plain), cut into strips (see note above)
  • Sprinkle of dried cilantro (use fresh if you have it)
  • 1/2 cup of cheese per quesadilla (more or less if you’d like). I used a combo of sharp cheddar and spicy pepper jack cheese

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium heat (When you use a non-stick skillet, you won’t need to grease the pan with butter).
    2. Start with the bottom tortilla and sprinkle half the cheese on it. Next drizzle ranch and bbq sauce on top of the cheese. Then add cooked chicken, and top with remaining cheese. Sprinkle a dash of dried cilantro over the cheese and chicken, then place the remaining tortilla on top.
    3. Carefully place the assembled quesadilla in the pre-heated skillet. When the bottom is nice and brown after a few minutes, carefully use a spatula to flip the quesadilla so that the other side can cook. When the entire quesadilla is heated through and the top and bottom tortillas are crisp, remove from the pan.
    4. Cut the quesadilla into quarters and serve.

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    Comments (12)

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    1. This sounds like the perfect quick week-night meal that my kids would enjoy too. Thanks!

    2. I made these for dinner tonight. The type of BBQ sauce really makes the whole dish. They were very tasty and quickly gobbled up by my family. Thanks for the idea!

      • You’re welcome, Rebecca! What kind of BBQ sauce did you use? If I don’t make homemade, we use Famous Dave’s, but I keep telling myself I want to try other brands!

    3. Perfect for my quesadilla maker!

    4. These were so amazing!
      I use Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, it’s my go to sauce, and it was amazing.
      The company I made it for LOVED IT! They had also recommended shredding the chicken to get the BBQ chicken in every bite with ease.
      Gonna try shredding it next time to see how it turns out!

      Great idea, great dish!

    5. Do you think ranch dip would work on this? I just made a big batch of it with sour cream and ranch mix.

    6. Mary Lou Mayfield

      We love quesadillas and this looks like a great change up!

    7. Every word in the name of this recipe got me! Sounds so good I wish I had one right now! Pinning it!!

    8. love it
      and it was easy to make
      i made it for my aunt and her kids
      and they couldnt wait to dig in
      overall a great meat
      thanks for the recipe

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