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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla With Pineapple

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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple tastes like a trip to Hawaii without leaving your kitchen. Sassy BBQ sauce, zippy red onion and sweet pineapple put a tropical twist on this classic Mexican dish.

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What is a quesadilla?

Ok, first things, first….what IS a quesadilla?

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish made by stuffing a variety of ingredients such as cheeses, meats, vegetables, herbs, etc into a corn or flour tortilla, and then cooking it in a pan or griddle on the stovetop.

The cheese melts, binding the ingredients together on the interior of the quesadilla and the tortilla crisps up becoming a slightly crunchy exterior shell.

It’s often served with some sort of sauce or condiment like salsa, sour cream or guacamole for dipping.

What do you put inside a quesadilla?

The fun part about quesadillas is that you can really put anything that you’d like inside them.

A Mexican quesadilla might have grilled chicken, onions, bell peppers and monterey jack cheese and cilantro.

A breakfast quesadilla could have scramble eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese.

A pizza quesadilla is great with pepperoni, black olives, mozzarella cheese, basil and served with marinara sauce for dipping.

A dessert quesadilla can be filled with Nutella and marshmallows then topped with a chocolate drizzle.

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla With Pineapple came to be one evening when we were in the mood for my Hawaiian Chicken Nachos, but I didn’t have any tortilla chips on hand. Instead, I used flour tortillas and made quesadillas using a lot of the same ingredients.

These quesadillas are now in our family dinner rotation.

What ingredients do you need to make BBQ Chicken Quesadilla With Pineapple?

  • 8″ flour tortillas
  • shredded chicken (check out my favorite method here)
  • sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • BBQ sauce (I like this one)
  • pineapple
  • red onion
  • cooking spray
ingredients for BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple

How do you make BBQ Chicken Quesadilla With Pineapple?

In a medium sized sauce pan, toss the shredded chicken in the BBQ sauce over medium-low heat. Mix until the chicken is fully coated in the sauce and is warmed though. Set aside.

Slice the pineapple into thin wedges approx 1″ x 1″. Dice the onion.

I recommend shredding your own cheese at home as it melts much better than the pre-shredded in the store.

Spray fry pan with cooking spray and place it on burner over med-high heat.

spray pan with olive oil cooking spray

Place one tortilla in sprayed pan and layer with approx 3 T of shredded cheese. Using a spoon or tongs, layer 2oz of the BBQ chicken on top of cheese, and spread it out evenly across tortilla.

Top with 1/4 c of the sliced pineapple and diced onion. Sprinkle another 3T of shredded cheddar and top with another tortilla. Spray the top surface of the quesadilla with more cooking spray.

Using a large spatula, flip the quesadilla in the pan to cook the other side. Continue flipping from side to side every couple of minutes until both sides of the tortilla are golden and the cheese is melted though.

Transfer to a plate and use a pizza cutter to slice the quesadilla horizontal and vertical into 4 equal pieces.

use pizza cutter to cut BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple into slices
cut BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple into 4 equal pieces
BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple with a side of BBQ sauce

Repeat with the remaining ingredients. This recipe makes 4 quesadillas. If you have multiple fry pans or a large griddle, you can make multiple quesadillas at one time.

Serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side for dipping or drizzle a little sauce over the top of of each quesadilla.

What can you serve with Quesadillas?

If I am serving classic Mexican quesadillas, I’ll serve sides like:

  • Spanish rice
  • refried beans
  • black beans
  • corn
  • shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes
  • chips and salsa
  • queso cheese dip

With these BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, I like to serve:

FAQ’s

What kind of cheese is best to use for quesadillas?

Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby and Mozzarella cheese are all great options.

How can you make a quesadilla healthier?

If you are trying to save a few calories, use less cheese. You want enough cheese to bind the other ingredients together, but you don’t need to have an excessive amount. Also consider filling the quesadilla with vegetables like peppers, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, etc instead of meat.

Can you use corn tortillas?

Yes! Quesadillas can be made with either corn or flour tortillas.

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple with bbq dipping sauce on platter

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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple with bbq dipping sauce on platter

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla With Pineapple

Liz Olberding @ Up North Nosh
BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Pineapple tastes like a trip to Hawaii without leaving your kitchen. Sassy BBQ sauce, zippy red onion and sweet pineapple put a tropical twist on this classic Mexican dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 363 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 fry pan
  • 1 medium sauce pan
  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 tongs
  • 1 Pizza Cutter
  • 1 large spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 4 8" flour tortilla (I use the low carb ones)
  • 8 oz chicken breasts cooked and shredded (method here)
  • 1.5 c cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 T BBQ sauce I like this one
  • 1 c pineapple thinly sliced
  • .5 c red onion diced
  • cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized sauce pan, toss the shredded chicken in the BBQ sauce and warm over medium-low heat. Mix until the chicken is fully coated in the sauce and is warmed though. Set aside.
  • Slice the pineapple into thin wedges approx 1" x 1" x .25". Dice the onion.
  • Spray fry pan with cooking spray and place it on burner over med-high heat.
  • Place one tortilla in sprayed pan and layer with approx 3 T of shredded cheese. Using a spoon or tongs, layer 2oz of the BBQ chicken on top of cheese, and spread it out evenly across tortilla.
  • Top with 1/4 c of the sliced pineapple and diced onion. Sprinkle another 3T of shredded cheddar and top with another tortilla. Spray the top surface of the quesadilla with more cooking spray.
  • Using a large spatula, flip the quesadilla in the pan to cook the other side. Continue flipping from side to side every couple of minutes until both sides of the tortilla are golden and the cheese is melted though.
  • Transfer to a plate and use a pizza cutter to slice the quesadilla vertical and horizontal into 4 equal pieces.
  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients. This recipe makes 4 quesadillas. If you have multiple fry pans or a large griddle, you can make multiple quesadillas at one time.
  • Serve with additional BBQ sauce for dipping.

Notes

With these BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, I like to serve:

Nutrition

Serving: 1quesadillaCalories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 29gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 646mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 520IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 338mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken, chicken tortilla soup, hawaiian, Mexican Pasta, pineapple, quesadilla
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