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These Leftover BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with flavor and perfect when you need a quick and easy meal. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes!


Yes, it’s another recipe using barbecue sauce, but it’s a good one. After all, it’s the season for all things barbecue! I first shared this easy cheesey chicken quesadilla recipe over at The Weary Chef, and I couldn’t wait to show it to all of you.

My kids are crazy about quesadillas, so we have them frequently around here. Sometimes, we’ll have plain cheese, but for dinner I like to make them a littls more substantial.

I almost always have leftover cooked chicken in the fridge, and it’s great for whipping up quick and easy meals the next day. I usually make chicken and black bean quesadillas, but this time I wanted to do something just a little bit different.

We also had some leftover corn on the cob, so I decided to combine the chicken and the corn along with some barbecue sauce, and use that as the filling for the quesadillas. Oh, can’t forget about the cheese! I used shredded cheddar, but you could probably use a Mexican blend too. Actually, just about any kind of cheese would work here.

I heated the chicken and corn mix in a small pot, and then, I stirred in a little bit of sauce. You don’t need that much — just enough to kind of hold the ingredients together and add some flavor. If you don’t have any leftover corn, then you can just use canned or frozen corn, instead.


Next, it’s time to build the quesadillas. I used small, taco-sized tortillas, so these are like mini quesadillas. But they’re bite sized and fun to eat, especially for kiddos. If you have large burrito-sized tortillas, you can use those and just adjust the amount of filling.

We like flour tortillas, but you can use corn or any kind you like.

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How to Make Leftover BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

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Leftover BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

By: Dee
Quesadillas made with cooked chicken, cheddar cheese, corn and tangy barbecue sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 cup cooked diced chicken
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup cooked corn kernels
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 small tortillas
  • Sour cream optional
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  • Cut the chicken into small pieces.
  • Season with sea salt and pepper.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the chicken with the BBQ sauce and corn. Set aside.
  • Place tortillas, one or two at a time, on a hot griddle or pan. Spread some cheese and some of the chicken mixture over each tortilla.
  • Top with another tortilla, and carefully flip the quesadillas to brown both sides of the quesadillas.
  • Remove from heat when cheese is melted, and both sides are brown and slightly crisp.
  • Cut into triangles and top with a dollop of sour cream.
  • Serve with additional barbecue sauce if desired.


Calories: 561kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 2459mg, Potassium: 392mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 725IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 497mg, Iron: 3.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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I topped the finished quesadillas with some sour cream, and I also served some extra barbecue sauce on the side. My kids love that stuff!

Leftover BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

These Leftover BBQ Chicken Quesadillas take just about 15 minutes to make, so they’re perfect when you’re in a hurry or on those days when you don’t have a lot of energy to cook a big meal — know what I mean? That’s why I love cooking with leftovers.

And, my family absolutley loved them. In fact, the kids keep asking when we’re having them again, which is always a good sign.

Happy Cooking!


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  1. Melanie | Melanie Makes says:

    Such a great use for leftovers – and a quick and easy dinner idea, too!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    A delicious left over solution! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Miz Helen. Same to you! 🙂

  3. Michelle | A Latte Food says:

    These look amazing! Seriously a perfect way to use up leftover BBQ chicken!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Michelle. Anything in a tortilla goes fast in my house! 🙂

  4. eat good 4 life says:

    These look so juicy and easy to make. A great way to use leftovers for sure!

    1. Dee says:

      They are super easy and very quick too!

  5. Krista says:

    Great way to use up any delicious bbq chicken! Yum!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! My kids just loved these quesadillas.

  6. carrie @ frugal foodie mama says:

    What a tasty way to use up leftovers! 🙂 Love the BBQ flavors in these quesadillas!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Carrie. We love BBQ anything!

  7. Beth Baumgartner says:

    I love BBQ and I love quesadillas – best leftover food idea!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Beth! It’s definitely a favorite here. 🙂

  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Quesadillas are such a great use for leftovers – these look great! I know my family would happily eat leftover chicken if served like this.

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! My kids will happily eat leftovers as long as they look different the second time around. 🙂