Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

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Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas are a vibrant medley of shredded chicken lavishly coated in a tangy buffalo sauce, nestled between flour tortillas with a delightful layer of melted cheese. They offer a beautiful balance between the spicy kick from the hot sauce and the cooling, soothing richness of cheese – a combination that promises to tantalize your taste buds. 

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

There’s something about the combination of spicy buffalo chicken intertwined with the gooey, melty joy of cheese — it’s a concept that’s made Buffalo Chicken Dip a favorite at many a game day gathering and family get-togethers. Drawing inspiration from this beloved classic, I’ve created an equally tantalizing recipe: Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas. This easy-to-make recipe elevates the traditional quesadilla experience by infusing it with the bold, spicy flavors of buffalo chicken, and layering it with heaps of cheese. It’s a simple way to bring the essence of one of our favorite appetizers into a satisfying main course, perfect for appeasing that game day hunger or whipping up a quick and delicious meal any day of the week.

Why you’ll love Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas: 

  • Buffalo chicken quesadillas are an ideal choice for both game days and quick weeknight dinners.
  • Universally appealing, these quesadillas satisfy lovers of both spicy and comforting flavors.
  • A simple recipe that masterfully combines tangy buffalo sauce and shredded chicken with the blissful indulgence of melted cheese.
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas Ingredients

Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

  • Shredded chicken: The cornerstone of our savory buffalo chicken quesadillas, it’s all about that perfectly cooked, tender chicken. Whether you opt for chicken breasts or go for the juicier chicken thighs, make sure it’s shredded just right.
  • Hot sauce: The fiery kick that defines buffalo flavor. Choose your favorite brand or whip up your own buffalo sauce to take the spicy level up a notch.
  • Ranch dressing: For balancing the heat with a cool, creamy texture. Adventurous cooks might want to try their hand at homemade ranch dressing for the best flavor.
  • Cream cheese: Adds a tangy richness that makes the buffalo chicken mixture irresistibly creamy. Soften it up for a smooth spread.
  • Shredded Mexican blend cheese: No quesadilla is complete without lots of cheese. This blend melts beautifully, enveloping our spicy chicken in gooey goodness.
  • Butter: For cooking up those tortillas to golden brown perfection. It adds a rich, buttery layer to the crispy tortilla exterior.
  • Flour tortillas: The final wrap for our delicious quesadilla. Choose between standard and whole wheat tortilla, keeping in mind that a sturdy base holds all the gooey cheese and spicy chicken together.

Assembling Your Quesadillas

Once I’ve got my tender, spicy buffalo chicken mixture ready and my shredded cheese lined up next to me, assembling these quesadillas is quick work. Here’s how to do it:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing, softened cream cheese, and shredded cheese. Mix until combined well. (For a healthier version, check out my Greek Yogurt Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.)
  2. Take a flour tortilla and lay it out on a clean cutting board.
  3. Sprinkle shredded Mexican blend cheese over the whole surface of the flour tortilla. You could also use cheddar cheese, and mozzarella, or add blue cheese crumbles for added flavor. 
  4. On one half of the tortilla, spread a generous layer of the buffalo chicken mixture, ensuring each bite will have that tangy buffalo sauce kick.  
  5. This step is optional, but for an added touch of freshness, add some finely chopped green onions. Just scatter them on top. 
  6. Now, with everything in place, carefully fold the tortilla over, creating a half-moon shape that encases all that spicy, cheesy goodness. 

Cooking to Perfection in a Skillet

Now to cook those delicious quesadillas you’ve just assembled. The key to achieving that irresistible golden brown and crispy tortilla exterior, paired with the gooey melted cheese inside, lies in your technique and heat management. 

Melt butter in a skillet and cook on both sides until golden brown
  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a dab of butter so that your flour tortillas don’t stick. You can also achieve that coveted crispiness using a splash of olive oil instead of butter. However, I prefer the taste of buttery tortillas. 
  2. Once your skillet is at the right temperature, lay down your folded quesadilla filled with the buffalo chicken mixture and lots of cheese. The secret here is patience; let the quesadilla cook undisturbed until you see the edges turning that perfect shade of golden brown. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes
  3. Then, flip and cook the second side to match. Press down slightly after flipping to ensure the cheese melts evenly, marrying the flavors together beautifully. Remember, keeping an eye on the heat is crucial to avoid burning while still ensuring a cheesy, gooey goodness enveloped by a spicy chicken delight that’s cooked to perfection. 
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

How to Make Sheet Pan Quesadillas

Another way to cook this Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas recipe is in the oven on a sheet pan. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. 
  3. Lay flour tortillas on the baking sheet slightly overlapping to cover the bottom. 
  4. Spread the buffalo chicken mixture over all the tortillas. 
  5. Add a layer of shredded cheese.
  6. Add a final layer of flour tortillas to cover the filling. 
  7. Spray the top flour tortillas with cooking spray. 
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. 
  9. Cut with a pizza cutter and serve. 
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Customizing Your Quesadillas: Variations and Add-Ons

One of the joys of cooking at home is making each dish uniquely yours, and that’s especially true when it comes to buffalo chicken quesadillas. Whether you’re a fan of the classic flavors or you’re adventurous in the kitchen, there’s no shortage of ways to put a personal spin on these quesadillas. Here are a few creative twists to make your buffalo chicken quesadillas even more delicious:

  • Choose your favorite hot sauce or make a homemade buffalo sauce
  • Experiment with mozzarella cheese or a sharp Monterey jack cheese for a different flavor profile. 
  • Add some fillings such as blue cheese crumbles for a punchy contrast, green onions, or some red onion and fresh cilantro for a fresh twist.
  • Instead of traditional flour tortillas, you could try whole wheat tortillas or even low-carb versions.
  • Use any kind of cooked chicken such as chicken thighs or leftover rotisserie chicken.

The possibilities are as endless as they are delicious. Feel free to mix and match these ideas to find your family’s new favorite game day treat!

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Serving Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

After sizzling in a hot pan, these bubbly buffalo chicken quesadillas are ready to steal the spotlight at your game day feast or any lazy evening when spicy food calls your name. 

  • Slice them: Use a sharp pizza cutter – it’s my go-to tool for getting those perfect, crispy-edged triangles that just beg to be dipped. 
  • Dipping options: Serve with dips such as blue cheese dressingranch dressing, or sour cream. Either one of these creamy delights makes for a heavenly match, cutting through the spicy flavor with every dunk. Provide additional buffalo wing sauce for those who enjoy spicy quesadillas. 
  • Side dish options: Serve with a simple coleslaw or with crispy celery sticks. These sides not only add a fresh crunch but also tame the heat, making every bite of these savory, cheesy quesadillas an absolute joy. It’s a combo that turns this simple recipe into an absolute flavor fiesta, perfect for sharing with the whole family or savoring solo. 

Storing and Reheating Tips

After enjoying those delicious quesadillas, you might find yourself with leftovers. Store in an airtight container, snugly tucked away in your fridge. They’ll stay fresh and tasty for a quick lunch or dinner over the next few days, ensuring nothing goes to waste. 

Leftover quesadillas are a quick and easy lunch. Add some butter to a hot skillet over medium heat. Heat until the tortilla is perfectly crispy again and the cheese delightfully melty. These tasty treats are best enjoyed within a couple of days for that peak buffalo chicken quesadilla experience. 

Take Your Taste Buds to the Next Level

These easy buffalo chicken quesadillas are a simple recipe that seamlessly blends the tangy zing of buffalo sauce with the irresistible pull of melted cheese, all encased in a golden-brown crispy tortilla. 

Imagine the joy of gathering your whole family around the table, the green onions and spicy chicken aroma filling the air, or the sound of crispy tortillas breaking under the cut of a pizza cutter during a Super Bowl party. It’s a recipe that easily adjusts to the spice level preference of your guests. Let this buffalo chicken quesadilla recipe be the centerpiece of your next gathering and watch as every bite brings everyone a little closer. Isn’t that what cooking is all about?

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Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Melisha Kreppein
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas are a vibrant medley of shredded chicken lavishly coated in a tangy buffalo sauce, nestled between flour tortillas with a delightful layer of melted cheese. They offer a beautiful balance between the spicy kick from the hot sauce and the cooling, soothing richness of cheese – a combination that promises to tantalize your taste buds.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 365 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups shredded chicken
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce
  • 4 tbsp ranch dressing
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese divided
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 flour tortillas large

Instructions
 

Assembling the Quesadillas

  • In a medium bowl, combine shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing, softened cream cheese, and 1/2 cup shredded cheese (save the remaining cheese for later). Mix until combined well.
  • Take a flour tortilla and lay it out on a clean cutting board.
  • Sprinkle the remaining shredded Mexican blend cheese over the whole surface of the flour tortilla. You could also use cheddar cheese, and mozzarella, or add blue cheese crumbles for added flavor. 
  • On one half of the tortilla, spread a generous layer of the buffalo chicken mixture, ensuring each bite will have that tangy buffalo sauce kick.  
  • This step is optional, but for an added touch of freshness, add some finely chopped green onions. Just scatter them on top. 
  • Now, with everything in place, carefully fold the tortilla over, creating a half-moon shape that encases all that spicy, cheesy goodness. 

Cooking the Quesadillas

  • Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a dab of butter so that your flour tortillas don’t stick.
  • Once your skillet is at the right temperature, lay down your folded quesadilla filled with the buffalo chicken mixture and lots of cheese. Cook 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Next, flip and cook the second side to match. Press down slightly after flipping to ensure the cheese melts evenly.

Notes

Customizing Your Quesadillas: Variations and Add-Ons

  • Choose your favorite hot sauce or make a homemade buffalo sauce
  • Experiment with mozzarella cheese or a sharp Monterey jack cheese for a different flavor profile. 
  • Add some fillings such as blue cheese crumbles for a punchy contrast, green onions, or some red onion and fresh cilantro for a fresh twist.
  • Instead of traditional flour tortillas, you could try whole wheat tortillas or even low-carb versions.
  • Use any kind of cooked chicken such as chicken thighs or leftover rotisserie chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 14.3gProtein: 25.2gFat: 23.1gSaturated Fat: 13.7gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 702mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 2.6gCalcium: 269mgIron: 1mg
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