Baked Chicken Quesadillas

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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!   

Best Chicken Quesadilla Recipe- Hands Down.

When I think of comfort food, my mind goes 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. My mom made them for me and my sisters a lot when we were little, but my love for tortillas and cheese grew exponentially as a teenager. I remember coming home from swim practice and ravenously eating two or three of them in seconds, leaving a trail of grated cheese and a greasy skillet in my wake.

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

What Is A Quesadilla?

A baked quesadilla is just tortilla filled with cheese and chicken! Over the years the ingredients have varied, but my passion for quesadillas has remained constant. From the Pioneer Woman’s mushroom-and-spinach version that was on weekly rotation in our home as newlyweds, to the ham-and-cheese between two corn tortillas variety that was my constant pregnancy craving, and now a baked version—I’m confident that this cheese and chicken quesadilla and I are in it for the long haul.

How Do You Make a Good Chicken Quesadilla? 

The key to an amazing chicken quesadilla recipe is the seasoning and the addition of any white Mexican cheese like Monterey Jack or Mozzarella. We think this is the best cheese for quesadillas because...hello cheese pull (and mild flavor). Here, I also use one of my 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 I LOVE about this 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 10 cheesy, mouth watering, perfectly toasted homemade quesadillas at once that go from oven to instant party platter in no time.

Step One: Mix cooked, shredded chicken with cheese, sour cream, chipotle peppers and seasoning in a bowl. 
Step Two: Open a tortilla.
Step Three: Fill half of the tortilla with ⅓ cup of that delicious filling. 
Step Four: Fold quesadilla in half.
Step Five: Arrange 4-5 prepared quesadillas on a large baking sheet. 
Step Six: Brush tortillas with olive oil.
Step Seven: Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes.
Step Eight: 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. 

Here are a few of our favorite add-ons for this homemade chicken quesadilla.

I can easily see this crispy chicken quesadilla being cooked for a sporting event (like Super Bowl). Baked quesadillas for the win! It would be equally as great for Award Season (my personal fave) or binge-watching your favorite show. As if you needed anymore excuses to eat melty cheese sandwiched between crisp carbs and homemade chicken quesadillas are always a good idea. 

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

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

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

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) these slow cooker barbacoa (braised beef) tacos are so juicy and flavorful! The ease and spice of these salsa verde nachos make them a constant winner in my book. Or how about, these sheet pan chicken fajitas? They are so simple and satisfying, you’ll be kicking yourself for not making them sooner.

We Want To See Your Take On This Easy Chicken Quesadilla!

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.

Baked Chicken Quesadillas

Serves 8

Ingredients

8-10 10" 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
2 cups (16 oz) sour cream, divided
2 cups (8oz) shredded pepper jack cheese or mozzarella

Method

  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 prepared quesadillas on a baking sheet and brush or spray with oil.
  6. Bake on center rack for 15 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Serve with remaining sour cream, guacamole, salsa or fresh pico de gallo.