yummy recipes for busy people

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

This post may contain affiliate links, which are always marked with *. Please read my disclosure for more information.

Spicy buffalo chicken – meet cheesy quesadillas. Two snack-time giants combine in this quick, easy & ridiculously delicious recipe. Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas might just become your new favorite comfort food – pair it with an easy homemade blue cheese sauce for the ultimate experience.

buffalo chicken quesadillas on a wooden chopping board, drizzled with blue cheese sauce and a bowl of blue cheese sauce on the side

When I get into something, I really can’t stop. So while I thought I was done with Buffalo-anything for a while after the Buffalo Chicken Pasta of a few weeks ago – nope, not even close. Instead I got this great idea of combining two other favorites – spicy buffalo & cheesy quesadillas – and oh my god am I glad I did.

This here is a new craving-inducing favorite in our house. I can’t imagine anything I’d rather have on a Friday night, and even better if I can have a nice cold beer next to it…

Why you will love this recipe

  • It’s easy – no unnecessary steps and limited work
  • It’s pretty quick – making quesadillas is one of those things that always takes a bit of time, but at 30 minutes including prep I think you can manage
  • It combines two comfort food favorites into one so you can both have your buffalo and eat your quesadilla too
  • And while it’s still comfort food – there is some hidden spinach in there to keep you strong.
  • It also heats up super well the next day – and the day after that. If you manage to keep any leftovers, that is…

How to make it

There is two main steps involved in making this recipe: first, you need to make the buffalo chicken. And then, you make the quesadillas with said chicken mixture.

What you will need to make this recipe

When it comes to tools – you will be happy to have a pair of kitchen forceps on hand for this recipe. But if you don’t, then that’s all right – just use a spatula instead. Apart from that, you need one frying pan for the chicken and one for the quesadillas – or just one, and clean it in between.

top down image showing ingredients needed to make buffalo chicken quesadillas

As for ingredients, you will need:

  1. Flour tortillas
  2. Bone-less chicken, cut in small pieces. Chicken breasts or chicken thigh filets are great for this. Or use any leftover chicken with pretty neutral flavoring you happen to have on hand.
  3. Hot sauce and not a super-spicy kind like Tabasco, but a more mellow version. I like the Cholula brand*.
  4. Butter
  5. Shredded cheese
  6. Fresh spinach

How to make Buffalo Chicken

Start by heating a frying pan over medium high heat.

collage shpwing how to season and fry chicken before adding hot sauce
  1. Add in 1/3 of the butter, and when melted add the chicken in pieces and season with garlic powder and onion. Then mix well and fry for about 5 minutes until the chicken has nice color and is cooked through.
  2. Then lower the heat and add in the rest of the butter (you just want this butter to melt, not color).
  3. Let the butter melt.
  4. Then add in the hot sauce.
collage showing how to simmer buffalo chicken before adding spinach
  1. Mix and simmer for 2 minutes
  2. Then add in the spinach. Mix while the spinach wilts.
  3. When the spinach is wilted, the chicken mixture is done and you can set it aside for now.

How to make Quesadillas

To make the quesadillas, you will need the tortillas, chicken mixture and shredded cheese close at hand. You will also need a frying pan with at least the same diameter as the tortillas, and some kitchen forceps or a spatula.

collage showing how to heat a tortilla and add cheese and chicken to make quesadillas
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat, and when hot place a tortilla in the pan.
  2. After 30 seconds, flip the tortilla and spread out 1.5 Tbsp of shredded cheese on top.
  3. Then spread out 2 Tbsp of buffalo chicken mixture on one half of the tortilla.
  4. Then grab the side without the chicken with your chicken forceps…
collage showing how to fold and flip a quesadilla
  1. …and flip it over the chicken side. Let cook for 30 seconds like this. Press lightly on it while cooking, to get all that cheese and buffalo chicken to glue together.
  2. Then carefully grab the quesadilla with the kitchen forceps again – making sure to keep it closed…
  3. …and flip it over. Now cook on this side for 30 seconds. Perss lightly while cooking on this side as well.
  4. Then remove the quesadilla from the heat, and set aside for now. Repeat all the steps for the remaining tortillas.
top down view of buffalo chicken quesadillas on a wooden chopping board with a bowl of blue cheese sauce next to it

Expert tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Store bought shredded cheese is perfect for this recipe, but you can also shred it yourself if you prefer.
  • Use kitchen forceps to make the flipping of the quesadillas easier
  • If you have leftover chicken with a pretty neutral taste – like a rotisserie chicken or boiled chicken – you can use this instead of raw chicken. Just heat it up, melt over the 2/3 of butter, add in the hot sauce, mix and simmer for 2 minutes. Then make your quesadillas!
  • 2 quesadillas is usually enough for a full dinner for one person, and if serving as part of a buffet or for a snack then 1/2-1 quesadilla is a good amount per person – depending on how many other dishes you are serving or how big a snack you are after.

Can I reheat them?

Yes! They reheat wonderfully and are almost as delicious the next day as they are freshly made.

a piece of buffalo chicken quesadilla being dipped into a bowl of blue cheese sauce

Are you a big buffalo fan like me? Then I suggest you check out some of my other buffalo recipes:

And if you are a big buffalo fan – I am dying to hear what you think of these quesadillas! So please, let me know in the comments below! And while you’re there – I’d love it if you left a rating as well.

Enjoy!!

Emmeline

buffalo chicken quesadillas on a wooden chopping board, drizzled with blue cheese sauce and a bowl of blue cheese sauce on the side

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

5 from 4 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 quesadillas
Calories: 253kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 450 g bone-less chicken cut in small pieces
  • 3 Tbsp butter divided
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 dl hot sauce*
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 150 g shredded cheese

To serve

Instructions

Buffalo Chicken

  • Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add in ⅓ of the butter. When the butter has melted, add in the chicken in pieces and season with garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well and fry for about 5 minutes, until chicken has a nice color on the outside and is cooked through.
  • When the chicken is cooked through, lower the heat to medium and add in the remaining ⅔ of butter. When melted, pour over the hot sauce and mix well. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the spinach and mix while it wilts down. When fully wilted, take the pan off the heat and set aside.

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

  • Start by bringing out a pan with at least the same diameter as the tortillas. Place it over medium heat. When the pan is hot, place one tortilla in the pan.
  • After 30 seconds, flip the tortilla and sprinkle over about 1½ Tbsp of shredded cheese, spread out over the whole tortilla. Then, on one half of the tortilla, spread out 2 Tbsp of buffalo chicken. Using a pair of kitchen forceps, fold the tortilla bread once so that the side without chicken covers the side with chicken. Press your tortilla lightly with the forceps while cooking.
  • After 30 seconds flip it over and cook on the other side.
  • After another 30 seconds, take it out of the pan and set aside.
  • Start over with your next tortilla, and continue until you have made 8 quesadillas.

Equipment needed for this recipe

Notes

Expert tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Store bought shredded cheese is perfect for this recipe, but you can also shred it yourself if you prefer.
  • Use kitchen forceps to make the flipping of the quesadillas easier
  • If you have leftover chicken with a pretty neutral taste – like a rotisserie chicken or boiled chicken – you can use this instead of raw chicken. Just heat it up, melt over the 2/3 of butter, add in the hot sauce, mix and simmer for 2 minutes. Then make your quesadillas!
  • 2 quesadillas is usually enough for a full dinner for one person, and if serving as part of a buffet or for a snack then 1/2-1 quesadilla is a good amount per person – depending on how many other dishes you are serving or how big a snack you are after.
Can I reheat them?
Yes! They reheat wonderfully and are almost as delicious the next day as they are freshly made.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

Did you make this? Tag me today!Tag @alwaysusebutter and use the hashtag #alwaysusebutter!


7 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *






This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.