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Baked Chicken Quesadillas

June 11, 2024

These baked chicken quesadillas are the easiest and most delicious meal-for-a-crowd! Made with shredded chicken, sour cream and plenty of cheese they are always a hit!


baked chicken quesadillas served with guacamole, fresh pico de Gallo, sour cream and guacamole on a plate

Best Chicken Quesadilla Recipe, Hands Down.

When we think of comfort food, we turn straight to melted cheese, every time. And what better vehicle for melted cheese is there than the humble baked quesadilla? I have a long history with homemade baked chicken quesadillas. We grew up eating them, but our love for tortillas and cheese grew exponentially in our teen years. Back then, cheese quesadillas were often a (gasp!) microwaved affair, but these days we prefer them baked. The cheese gets perfectly molten in the oven, and there's just no substitute. You’ll definitely want to serve them alongside some of our other Super Bowl favorites come game day.

baked chicken quesadillas served with guacamole, sour cream and fresh pico de gallo

What Is A Quesadilla?

Quesadillas originated in Mexico in the 16th century, and means a tortilla stuffed with savory filling. Here in the U.S. though, many Americans—us included—hear the word "quesadilla" and expect a lot of cheese melted inside of a folded flour tortilla. While this may not be authentically Mexican—in Mexico City, you'd never expect cheese in your quesadilla—our cheese-laden, Tex-Mex take on the dish is super delicious in its own right.

ingredients for chicken quesadillas laid out; guacamole, shredded chicken, flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, chipotle
chicken, sour cream, chipotle peppers and cheese mixed in a bowl for chicken quesadilla filling
hands folding chicken filled tortilla in half for quesadilla
baking sheet lined with stuffed chicken quesadillas ready to be baked

How Do You Make a Good Chicken Quesadilla?

The key to an amazing chicken quesadilla recipe is the seasoning and the addition of any great melting cheese that you love. For us, Monterey Jack is the absolute best cheese for quesadillas because it melts beautifully and has a milky, mild flavor that complements the chicken and toppings that we serve with these baked quesadillas. We also use one of our favorite pantry staples to give this homemade quesadilla an addictive smoky, spicy flavor: canned chipotle peppers. Finely chop them, then add them to a bowl with shredded chicken, shredded cheese, and sour cream. Mix it all together and the result is the best quesadilla filling ever.

baking sheet of crispy baked chicken quesadillas

How to Bake Quesadillas in the Oven:

What we LOVE about this ultra easy quesadilla recipe, is that there is no frying involved. When making baked chicken quesadillas in the oven you can avoid standing over the stove and go straight to cooking ten cheesy, mouth watering, perfectly toasted homemade quesadillas at once that go from oven to instant party platter in no time.

  1. Mix cooked, shredded chicken with cheese, sour cream, chipotle peppers and seasoning in a bowl.
  2. Fill half of a tortilla with ⅓ cup of that delicious filling.
  3. Fold the quesadilla in half.
  4. Arrange 4-5 prepared quesadillas on a large baking sheet.
  5. Brush tortillas with olive oil.
  6. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy the best quesadilla recipe ever!
platter of chicken quesadilla triangles served with sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo

Looking For Some Extra Toppings For This Chicken Quesadilla Recipe?

It’s shredded chicken and gooey cheese, melted inside of a tortilla, so you’re already off to a pretty fantastic start. Now that you know what to put in a baked quesadilla, let's discuss toppings! Toppings on this Mexican quesadilla are like icing on a cake—not completely necessary, but so, so good.

Our Favorite Add-Ons for Homemade Chicken Quesadillas:

This sheet pan quesadilla would be as perfect for serving at a Super Bowl party as it would be for the Oscars, or even just a fun movie night with friends.

close up of baked chicken quesadillas with guacamole sour cream and pico de gallo

Tools You'll Need To Make This Easy Baked Quesadilla Recipe

platter of baked chicken quesadillas with fresh pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream

If you’re in love with this baked quesadilla recipe and are looking for more Mexican-style recipes that are great for a crowd (or let’s be honest...just yourself) try some of these yummy recipes:

three small plates with servings of baked chicken quesadillas and guacamole on each one

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If you decide to make this chipotle and chicken baked quesadilla recipe, we’d love to see that cheese pull! Snap a photo of your homemade quesadilla and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper so you can give us the excuse we need to ditch our New Year’s resolutions for the day and indulge in these crowd-pleasing favorites.

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Baked Chicken Quesadillas

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min
  • Calories: 570


  • 8-10 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 Tbsp (1 or 2) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, depending on how hot you like it
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 cups, 16 oz sour cream, divided
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese or mozzarella
  • olive oil, for brushing


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the shredded chicken, 1 1/2 cups sour cream, chipotle pepper, shredded cheese and salt to taste.
  3. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Grease the parchment with cooking spray or apply olive oil with a brush.
  4. Working with one tortilla at a time, add 1/3-1/2 cup filling on one side of the tortilla and fold in half.
  5. Arrange quesadillas on prepared baking sheet and brush or spray with oil.
  6. Bake on center rack for 15 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Slice into wedges, serve with remaining sour cream, guacamole, salsa or fresh pico de gallo.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories570
  • Protein29 g
  • Carbohydrates3 g
  • Total Fat49 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol82 mg
  • sodium440 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Baked Chicken Quesadillas

Questions & Reviews

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  • Johan

    will they brown on outside

    Mostly just the edges. Hope you enjoy!

  • Rita

    can these be assembled ahead of time snd baked when quests come? WIill the flour shells get soggy

    It would probably get soggy if you let it sit too long before baking.

  • Patty

    What seasonings do you use
    The recipe does not say

    We don't use spices in this recipe. You can add some taco seasoning or chili powder/cumin if you'd like to. Hope you enjoy Patty!

  • Brooks

    Crazy question could you do this in the air fryer? My oven is being fixed right now but I really want to do it.

    Yes! Enjoy.

  • Dyan

    Hi, these look amazing. I have some left over chicken and was looking for something to do with it. I wanted to make these for my husband’s lunch. If I make them the night before will they hold up for his lunch the next day?
    Thanks in advance

    Yes, however we never think reheated quesadillas are as good so just a fair warning that it won't be as good as fresh!

  • Caroline

    Made these tonight for easy and fast dinner. I had leftover southwest shredded crockpot chicken and taco rice that I used, and just added the cheese. Didn't have any parchment paper, so I stayed the baking sheet with olive oil. Didn't have a pastry brush either, so I folded up a paper towel and poured the EVOO onto the towel, than applied it to the top of the quesadilla. Flipped them halfway through and removed from oven about 4 minutes from suggested time because we're in high altitude. They turned out AMAZING!!! Perfectly crunchy with just the right amount of filling. Definitely keeping this in rotation. Many Thanks

    Thanks Caroline! So glad you liked them! Alway way to be resourceful and use the tools you had on hand!

  • Kenzie

    These were so easy and SO delicious! I’ve been anxious about cooking for so long, so making this dish was a major step for me!! Highly recommend for my fellow beginner cooks!

    Yay, this is so great to hear Kenzie! We are very proud of you and so glad you loved it! We hope you try out more recipes!

  • Dijana

    This was absolutely delicious! I had friends come over to watch a baseball game and I made these for dinner. Everyone loved them! Mine took about 20 minutes to bake.

    Awesome! Glad you all enjoyed them Dijana!