Leftover BBQ chicken Mexican quesadillas are so tasty! My kids were eating these chicken quesadillas as fast as I could make them.
Oven BBQ Chicken
Last week my local grocery store had a special on whole chickens, they were only $0.79 a pound! We basically ate chicken all week long. 😀 I made oven BBQ chicken using two whole chickens. I cut up the chickens into eight pieces each. Then I seasoned them with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, threw them in a big roasting pan, covered with foil, then I cooked them at 325 for a little over an hour. I removed the cooked chicken to a cookie sheet covered in foil, and brushed BBQ sauce on the chicken pieces, then I broiled for a few minutes, flipped and repeated. Easy peasy BBQ’d chicken. I love making BBQ chicken this way! Since I BBQ’d two chickens I had a bunch of leftovers. Initially, I thought I’d make BBQ chicken sandwiches, but I had a craving for chicken quesadillas and decided to turn the leftover chicken into Leftover BBQ Chicken Mexican Quesadillas! It’s Tex-Mex inspired.
Leftover BBQ Chicken Mexican Quesadillas
I shredded the leftover chicken into a bowl. Then I added some more BBQ sauce and a few spoonfuls of chopped chipotles in adobo sauce.
I stirred the chicken, BBQ sauce, and chipotles to combine. I didn’t necessarily want my chicken dripping with BBQ sauce. I didn’t want the BBQ sauce to take over the chicken quesadilla recipe. Then I made my homemade food processor salsa, which takes about five minutes tops and tastes amazing!
I grabbed a cereal bowl, put half a stick of butter in it, and microwaved to melt the butter. I used a pastry brush to wipe my non-stick skillet (set on medium) with melted butter. On half a flour tortilla I put a little Mexican blend cheese, some of the leftover BBQ chicken, some homemade salsa, and more cheese. I put a lid on the skillet to trap the heat in and speed up the cooking process.
While the quesadilla was cooking, I assembled another leftover bbq chicken Mexican quesadilla on my chopping board. By the time I finished assembling another quesadilla, it was time to flip the one cooking. Before flipping, I used the pastry brush to brush butter on the outside of the tortilla to help with browning.
See how nice and golden the tortilla gets with a little butter?
I ended up making 14 quesadillas, and I still have a little BBQ chicken leftover. Halfway through cooking, I wiped out the non-stick pan with a paper towel to clean up cheese that had leaked out. I plan on making these again tomorrow for a snack during the football game.
Serve with sour cream and salsa.
I’m not going to attach a printable recipe to this quesadilla recipe because really this Leftover BBQ Chicken Mexican Quesadilla recipe depends on how much leftover chicken you are working with and how many quesadillas you are wanting to make. I think the recipe would also work with leftover baked chicken, or even leftover fried chicken.
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