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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

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This BBQ Chicken Quesadilla is a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla.

This BBQ Chicken Quesadilla is a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla.
BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

I love quesadillas, they make a quick lunch or light dinner and the kids love them! You can make them so many ways. Some favorites are Chicken Quesadillas, Picadillo Quesadillas and even these Cuban Sandwich Quesadillas, so it’s great to add new ideas to the list.

I’m excited to share this recipe from my friend Lisa’s (aka Hungry girl) new cookbook, Hungry Girl Simply Six where she uses 6 main ingredients for each recipe plus spices. Her book is filled with easy low-calorie dishes that are not just easy to whip up, but also look delish!

Variations and tips:

  • Use leftover rotisserie shredded chicken breast to save time.
  • To make them gluten-free, use Siete GF tortillas, you may need to use two as they are smaller.
  • Play around with different cheese options, I think pepper jack would taste great.
  • Add some avocado for a hint of creaminess and boost of healthy fats.

This BBQ Chicken Quesadilla is a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla.

This BBQ Chicken Quesadilla is a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla.This BBQ Chicken Quesadilla is a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla.

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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

5 from 18 votes
6
Cals:325
Protein:32
Carbs:32.5
Fat:10
These BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla.
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
These BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Yield: 1 serving
Serving Size: 1 quesadilla

Ingredients

  • One 3-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp BBQ sauce with 45 calories or less per 2-tbsp. serving, plus more for serving
  • 1 large high-fiber flour tortilla with 110 calories or less, I used Ole Xtreme
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • nonstick spray

Instructions

  • Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with seasonings, and cook for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • Once cool enough to handle, roughly chop. In a small bowl, coat chicken with BBQ sauce.
  • Lay tortilla flat, and spread BBQ chicken onto one half. Top chicken with remaining ingredients.
  • Clean skillet, if needed. Respray and return to medium-high heat. Cook the half-loaded tortilla for 2 minutes.
  • Fold the bare tortilla half over the filling with a spatula, and press lightly to seal. Carefully flip and cook until crispy, about 3 minutes.
  • Slice into wedges.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 quesadilla, Calories: 325 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32.5 g, Protein: 32 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 4.5 g, Cholesterol: 7.5 mg, Sodium: 752 mg, Fiber: 6.5 g, Sugar: 6 g

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38 comments on “BBQ Chicken Quesadilla”

    1. Read before the recipe where she writes that she’s excited to share her friend Lisa’s (aka Hungry Girl) recipe from her new cookbook…

  1. This was really really good! Very easy to make and kid friendly! I absolutely love how you have also adapted your recipes to fit with WW personal points. This recipe will be a staple in my house! Thank you!

  2. Don’t know why this combination never occurred to me as a quesadilla since we love BBQ chicken pizza, so I am very happy to have found it on your website. I made this for dinner this evening with leftover roasted chicken from last night’s dinner. Delish and only took a few minutes to put together!

  3. I made this today using the tortilla recommended in the recipe. I was so excited but unfortunately it didn’t taste as good.

    My main problem is the chicken. I have yet to come across a recipe where chicken tastes good with very little oil.

    For this recipe, I even boiled the chicken (w dried herbs ginger garlic etc) and shredded it but still. 

  4. We loved this recipe! I forgot to use the garlic powder and onion powder. I shredded a rotisserie chicken, mixed the chopped onion and cilantro with it and added bbq sauce to the mix. I sprinkled some Mexican cheese on each small tortilla (definitely less than the quarter cup called for) and spooned the mix in. I also added some pickled jalapeños to add some heat. My husband ate 8 of them!

  5. I realized the other day that I make a ton of skinnytaste recipes but never post a review. I think that is because everything I have made from this site is AMAZING! This recipe was no exception. Had some tortillas and leftover shredded chicken from a pot pie and slapped these together for lunch! Another awesome, easy and delish recipe. Love it. Thanks!

  6. I made four of these last night for dinner. Two had cilantro and two did not as I wasn’t sure if my family would like it. Turns out the ones with cilantro were great! I used a rotisserie chicken, so it was fast, easy, delicious and I’ll be definitely making them again!

  7. Quick, easy, and delicious. Great balance of flavors that make a departure from traditional quesadillas.