Blackstone chicken quesadillas are stupid easy to make and your whole family will go crazy for them. They’re loaded with seasoned chicken and ooey-gooey cheese, and then cooked to perfection on your griddle.
Years ago, we used to have a dedicated quesadilla maker someone gave us for a wedding gift. It looked kind of like a George Foreman grill, but it was red and it was made specifically for making quesadillas. You’d put one tortilla (when my daughter was little she called them her circle friends!) down and then add your fillings and top with another tortilla before lowering the lid for it to cook.
It worked well enough but it was a bitch to clean because you couldn’t just throw it in the sink. Besides, I always felt it was cheating. No self-respecting chef would ever user a quesadilla maker!
Then I started making quesadillas on the stove in a nonstick pan. Egg and cheese quesadillas became my standard breakfast. They actually tasted better than the ones churned out by the quesadilla maker and they were easier too. At least they were easier once I mastered the technique of folding and flipping the quesadilla.
The only downside to using the stove is that you can only make one at a time. And when you’re trying to feed a family of five, plus our daughters’ boyfriends, one at a time just takes forever.
That’s why I love making quesadillas on the Blackstone. They cook super fast and I can make several at one time, so we all get to eat together.
You’ll only need a few ingredients:
- Flour tortillas
- Chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
- Cheese (sliced or shredded)
- Barbecue sauce or salsa verde
- Sour cream (optional)
- Salsa (optional)
How To Make Chicken Quesadillas On A Blackstone Grill
Blackstone quesadillas are one of my “go to” dinner ideas when I’m not sure what else to make. They come together so quickly and there’s not much cleanup so they really are the perfect meal for those busy weeknights when time is tight.
Here’s how you do it:
- Step 1: Preheat your griddle to medium (about 350 F)
- Step 2: Add the chicken to the griddle with a drizzle of oil. If you’re using pre-cooked or leftover chicken you just need to heat it up
- Step 3: Add a small amount of oil to the griddle and place a tortilla on top. Let cook for about 30 seconds and then flip it over.
- Step 4: Add cheese, chicken, and any other fillings you like and then fold the tortilla over into a half moon shape. Cook until the golden brown, then flip and do the same to the other side.
- Step 5: Remove from the griddle onto a cutting board. Slice them in half or in thirds, serve and enjoy!
Here are some pics I took while making some Blackstone chicken quesadillas for lunch.
First I took some leftover grilled chicken and cut it into cubes and then tossed it on the flat top with a little oil. The chicken was from the previous night’s dinner, it was dry brined and rubbed with barbecue rub and then grilled to perfection!
Once the chicken was warmed up I added a flour tortilla. I let it cook for about 30 seconds, then flipped it over and added a few slices of American cheese, a handful of the chicken, and a little salsa verde. I usually use BBQ sauce but wanted to try something different this time.
There are a million different fillings you can use when making Blackstone quesadilla, and I included a section with some suggested variations below.
With my quesadilla loaded up with fillings I used a spatula to carefully fold it in half.
I let it cook on one side until it was golden brown and then flipped it over and did the same to the second side. Keep a close eye on it because it can burn quickly if you aren’t careful.
When both sides are golden brown and the cheese is melted and gooey,
What To Serve With Blackstone Chicken Quesadillas
You can make this Blackstone chicken quesadilla recipe by itself as a snack or an appetizer. Or pair it with one of the options below got a hearty meal.
- Rice and beans
- Chips with salsa or queso
- Mexican street corn
- White bean chili (check out this recipe by Deryn from Running on Real Food)
- Tortilla soup
- Mac and Cheese
Variations, Tips, And Tricks
In my house we make Blackstone quesadillas all the time. They’re super easy to make and you can put pretty much anything you want in them.
- Breakfast quesadillas! Loaded with scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon, this is one of my favorite Blackstone breakfasts!
- Chicken parmesan quesadillas. With fried chicken cutlets, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
- Cheeseburger quesadillas. Stuffed with seasoned ground beef and cheese.
- Veggie quesadillas. Load up with roasted vegetables like peppers, onions, zucchini, or mushrooms.
Even if you want to stick with chicken, there are ways to mix it up.
I typically use American or Monterey Jack cheese but you can swap it out for cheddar, Swiss, or any good melting cheese.
Play around with your favorite seasonings too. You can use a barbecue rub, taco seasoning, or a tequila lime marinade.
Try different types of dipping sauces like salsa, queso, guacamole, or sour cream. And check out my recipe for a super tasty garlic lime crema.