The Best Chicken Quesadillas with Pico

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The Best Chicken Quesadillas Recipe you’ll ever make, this dish comes together with just four ingredients, cooks, in minutes, and is loaded with flavor!  

A stack of four slices of chicken quesadillas with pico on a white plate.

The Best Easy Chicken Quesadilla Recipe 

I don’t know about you, but my kids would live off of quesadillas if I let them. Just add a side of salsa and a dollop of guac, and they scarf them down. 

Honestly, I’m not complaining, though. Because with protein, carbs, and fats, they make for a pretty well-rounded meal. Not to mention you can easily sneak in extra nutrients. 

Plus, they’re super quick and easy to make! And these pico de gallo chicken quesadillas are the perfect way to put leftovers to use. Just load them up, cook, and serve. You can have dinner on the table in minutes. 

Recipe Ingredients 

Below is an overview of the ingredients and instructions for this recipe. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for the complete details and instructions! 

Ingredients for chicken quesadillas with homemade pico de gallo on a white countertop.
  • Tortillas – Use whatever tortillas you like best. Just make sure they’re at least taco-sized or larger. And avoid corn tortillas, as they tend to crumble and all apart.
  • Shredded Cheese – Use any flavor of cheese you like best! 
  • Shredded Chicken – Opt for leftover chicken, or shred a rotisserie chicken to keep these quesadillas super easy. For a bolder flavor, toss it with taco seasoning!
  • Pico de Gallo – Of course, you can use store-bought options, but we love to make homemade pico de gallo instead! Not only is it super fresh and tasty, but it’s also really budget-friendly, too. 

How to Make Chicken Quesadillas

  1. Prepare. Before you begin, heat a large skillet over medium heat. There’s no need to add olive oil or cooking spray!
  2. Layer. Place a tortilla on the warm skillet. Sprinkle a layer of cheese evenly on top. Then, add the chicken, pico de gallo, and a second layer of cheese. 
Pico de gallo on top of shredded chicken on shredded cheese on a tortilla.
  1. Cook. Place a second tortilla over the filling, and cook until the bottom is slightly browned and the cheese is melted. 
  2. Flip. Use a spatula to carefully flip the tortilla over, making sure to lose any of the filling. Then, continue to cook until golden brown.
A golden brown tortilla on a chicken quesadilla on a black skillet.
  1. Slice. Remove the quesadilla from the skillet, and use a pizza cutter to slice it into four pieces. 
  2. Repeat. Repeat the process, cooking as many chicken quesadillas as your heart desires! 

Pro-Tip: If you’re not super hungry, add the quesadilla filling to one side of a tortilla shell. Then, fold the tortilla over for a smaller serving.

Flavor Variations

One of the best things about quesadillas is that they’re so versatile. Feel free to mix and match different ingredients to make them your own! 

  • Protein: Swap the shredded chicken with ground beef, ground turkey, shrimp, or even sloppy joe filling like we do in our sloppy joe quesadillas. It sounds weird, but it’s totally delicious! 
  • Veggies: Fold sautéed veggies like mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions into the filling for even more flavor, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. 
  • Mix-Ins: Add extra ingredients like black beans, pinto beans, or corn. 
Up close photo of a slice of a quesadilla loaded with pico and chicken.

Topping Ideas

Of course, you can serve this easy chicken quesadilla recipe on its own. However, we think it’s even better loaded up with toppings like: 

Common Questions

What is the best cheese for quesadillas? 

Melty cheese is best to hold the filling together. For this reason, freshly shredded varieties work best. Try flavors like Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar, Colby, or Queso Chihuahua! 

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? 

Yes! Once cool, you can transfer leftovers to an airtight container, and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Warm them in the microwave or a skillet, or just eat them cold! 

What should I serve with chicken quesadillas? 

This recipe makes a complete meal on its own! Or, pair it with sides like chips and queso or southwestern quinoa salad to make it even more filling. 

Up close photo a stack of quesadillas stuffed with chicken and pico de gallo.

The Best Chicken Quesadillas with Pico Recipe

Learn how to make the best chicken quesadillas recipe with just four ingredients for a quick, high-protein meal the whole family will enjoy!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken quesadillas, easy chicken quesadilla recipe, how to make chicken quesadillas
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 555kcal
Cost: $12.00


  • 8 tortillas
  • 16 ounce bag of shredded cheese
  • 2-3 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cups pico de gallo


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Place a tortilla on the skillet. Cover with a thin layer of cheese (1/2 cup) followed by about 1/2-3/4 cup shredded chicken then 1/2 cup pico de gallo (drained), and another thin layer (1/2 cup) of cheese. Lastly, place the 2nd tortilla on top.
    8 tortillas, 16 ounce bag of shredded cheese, 2-3 cups shredded chicken, 2 cups pico de gallo
  • Cook until the bottom of the tortilla is slightly browned and the cheese layer is melted. Then carefully flip the quesadilla and cook until the 2nd tortilla is browned and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the heat and slice with a pizza cutter into 4 pieces. Repeat previous steps with the remaining 3 quesadilla ingredients.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), and guacamole.



Use your own judgement regarding how much cheese, chicken, and pico to place on each quesadilla! The measurements are just estimates. There is no wrong way to make these. Enjoy!


Serving: 1quesadilla | Calories: 555kcal

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  1. my kids LOVE quesadillas! brilliant to add pico to it! sounds delish!

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