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Easy Chicken and Cheese Oven Baked Quesadillas

Perfect for high protein meal prep, using leftovers, and the minimal home cook, these oven baked quesadillas are a must-add to your recipe box. You only need three ingredients and about 15 minutes of prep time to make a huge batch that can feed your personal army or stock the snack section of your freezer.

While the base recipe makes cheesy chicken quesadillas, I’ve included tons of options for different fillings. You can take this and run with it to make all kinds of baked quesadillas.

baked quesadillas sliced and stacked on a plate

Ingredients for Oven Baked Quesadillas

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  1. Cooked and Shredded Chicken
  2. Shredded Mexican Cheese
  3. Corn and Flour Blend Tortillas
shredded chicken, Mexican cheese, and tortillas

Shredded Chicken

Any cooked chicken will work here, though you will want to add some kind of seasoning if you’re using plain rotisserie chicken or unflavored chicken. There are lots of ready-made options in stores these days, but in case you want to make your own, here are some of my favorite shredded chicken recipes:

shredded Mexican chicken in a bowl

These baked quesadillas would also work with slices of grilled chicken breast and other cuts of meats like beef fajitas or Mexican smoked pork tenderloin.

Tortillas

If you’re unfamiliar with corn and flour blend tortillas, they’re amazing. You get the malleability of flour tortillas with the flavor of corn tortillas. If you can’t find any in stores, we have a recipe for homemade blended tortillas.

You can also use regular corn tortillas, but you will want to wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for 45-60 seconds first. Check out my baked tacos or baked taquitos recipes for examples of this in action.

How to Freeze and Reheat These Baked Chicken Quesadillas

If you’re going to freeze, I like cutting each quesadilla into three triangles and placing it in an airtight bag before going in the freezer. To reheat, I air fry for about 5 minutes at 350ºF or bake at a similar temperature for 10-12 minutes.

frozen quesadillas in an air fryer

If you want to make these baked quesadillas in an air fryer instead, you’ll need to reduce the amount of quesadillas or cook in batches. You may also need to add something on top to keep the quesadillas sealed. For my air fryer quesadillas recipe, I used a wire rack to keep them sealed during cooking.

More Filling Ideas for Baked Quesadillas

Regardless of what goes inside, I hope you enjoy your oven baked quesadillas! Let me know in the comments if you have an ingredient or recipe question. And we always appreciate recipe reviews if you try something and love it.

baked quesadillas sliced and stacked on a plate

Cheesy Chicken Baked Quesadillas

Yield: 12 Quesadillas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Crispy cheesy chicken quesadillas in bulk.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz Cooked Shredded Chicken*
  • 8 oz Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • 12 Corn and Flour Tortillas**

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375ºF.
  2. Reheat the shredded chicken (if needed) and mix with 6 oz of the shredded cheese, stirring to melt the cheese.
  3. Add the tortillas to a large baking sheet lined with a wire rack (for even crispness - flip halfway through cooking if baking without a rack).
  4. Add 2.5 oz of the chicken and cheese mixture to one half of each tortilla and top with a pinch of the remaining cheese. Fold and gently press to close and seal. Spray the tops of the quesadillas with cooking spray or brush with oil.
  5. Bake the quesadillas for 20-25 minutes until crispy golden brown.

Notes

*I used H-E-B seasoned shredded chicken. See the post above for homemade shredded chicken recipes and other filling ideas.

**I used H-E-B Mixla corn and flour blended tortillas. If you use corn tortillas, you'll want to wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 45-60 seconds to soften before filling and folding. You may also need to place a second baking sheet on top of the quesadillas for the first 5 minutes in the oven until they've sealed.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 12gCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 24g

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