Quesadillas are a classic Mexican dish, full of gooey cheese, grilled vegetables, and meat or beans. They originated in Mexico and are made with corn tortillas in the central and southern Mexican regions. They are jammed full of stringy Oaxaca cheese and make a great party dish.
Buffalo chicken, on the other hand, is a spicy American classic at virtually every Superbowl party. You can find Buffalo chicken recipes everywhere online, as they can be adapted easily to many different dishes. Whether you're having Buffalo wings, dip, or sandwiches the tangy, spicy flavor of Buffalo sauce is highly addictive.
The beauty of a quesadilla is that you can throw in different ingredients to come up with unique flavors. If you're a fan of Buffalo chicken, why not use it on a quesadilla recipe?
We created a spin on an old quesadilla recipe by adding Buffalo chicken into a cheesy, crunchy tortilla for a spicy Mexican-American hybrid. This Buffalo chicken quesadilla dish is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!
If you want to learn how to make chicken quesadillas check out our recipe below.
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla Recipe: A Spicy Cheesy Favorite
- 4 large (10-in) corn or flour tortillas
- 2 cups chicken, shredded
- 2 cups Mexican cheese blend, shredded
- 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce (e.g., Franks)
- 1/4 cup sour cream, for dipping
- 1/8 cup cilantro optional
- 2 tbsp ranch dressing
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Heat cast iron skillet to medium heat.
- In a small bowl, toss chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, cheese, salt and pepper, and cilantro.
- Lightly oil the pan with canola oil.
- Place tortilla on pan and top with ¼ of chicken mixture.
- Fold the tortilla in half and allow to cook for 2 min.
- Flip the tortilla and cook for another 2 min on the other side until golden brown.
- Remove tortilla from the heat and repeat the process for all four tortillas.
- Cut each quesadilla into 4 portions. The recipe makes 16 pieces.
- In a small bowl, mix sour cream with a splash of lime juice. Top with cilantro and serve with the quesadillas for dipping.
- Serve and enjoy your buffalo chicken quesadillas!
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla FAQs
What tools do you need for making Buffalo chicken quesadillas?
Not many. But if you want to make your own homemade tortilla, you'll need masa harina flour and a tortilla press. They are pretty simple to make and taste delicious.
Otherwise, you just need a good quality spatula and a well-seasoned cast iron pan to cook your Buffalo chicken quesadillas. The pan is great at regulating an even temperature so that your cheese melts evenly while getting a crisp, golden crust on the quesadilla. Their seasoning will keep your quesadillas from turning into a sticky mess on the skillet, too.
What types of chicken can you use for this Buffalo chicken quesadilla recipe?
You can choose pretty much any type of chicken to use in these Buffalo chicken quesadillas. Cook it up and pull it apart with two forks while it is still warm.
Cooked chicken breasts tend to pull the easiest, but it's still doable with different cuts. We suggest purchasing boneless so that the pulling process is quick and easy to manage.
If you are looking to save a bit of time, try using a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and pull using the same methods.
What types of cheese can be used?
This recipe for Buffalo chicken quesadillas uses a Mexican cheese blend you can purchase at the store. It's a mixture of Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, and cheddar cheese. It works well because it has some sharpness, but won't overpower the other flavors in the quesadilla.
You could also mix together mozzarella with cheddar in equal parts to get great flavor and meltability.
You can play around and get adventurous if you'd like — blue cheese pairs very well with spicy Buffalo chicken sauce, so crumble it up and throw in a few pieces on top of the other cheese for a tasty kick.
What other variations can we try?
There are various ways you can switch up ingredients for this sheet pan Buffalo chicken quesadillas recipe.
For example, our recipe uses sour cream for dipping, but you can also use Greek yogurt or ranch dressing instead. Guacamole and salsa, which are typically served with classic quesadillas, would also be delicious alternatives.
You can add some nutrients to the mix, too, by adding vegetables. Tomatoes, grilled bell peppers, and green onions are all great options.
If you're a vegetarian, you can drizzle the Buffalo chicken sauce on the other fillings instead. You can make Buffalo chicken "wings" using cauliflower, and slip those in the quesadilla instead of the real chicken.
Although we prefer corn tortillas, you can absolutely use wheat flour tortillas if that's all you can find or your preference. You will just get a slightly different flavor and texture.
Our Final Takeaway on Making This Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla
This Buffalo chicken quesadilla is just one way of combining America's favorite chicken with Mexico's much-loved quesadilla. You can never go wrong with this; add more cheese if you want it super extra cheesy, or more veggies if you want it more healthy.
If you enjoyed making (and eating!) this, why not try out our other quesadilla recipes for dinner? The shrimp quesadilla and cheese quesadilla are quite easy to make, and we also have a beef quesadilla and a steak quesadilla recipe if you're more into red meat. Vegans and vegetarians will enjoy our vegan quesadillas, too; it is quite delicious even without meat.
Quesadillas are great party dishes. Choose one (or a few!) and let your family and friends enjoy Mexican-inspired dishes without leaving your home.
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