easy family meal: cowboy chicken quesadillas

16 May 2018

This is a family favorite and so super easy! A little messy but a great kid friendly option for a busy night.

** Printable recipe here ***

Preheat oven to 475 degrees or 450 degrees convection.

easy cowboy quesadillas

Take some cooked quicken from a rotisserie or your instant pot or cook some up, add a can of black beans, some white cooked corn (I love the super sweet frozen corn from Costco or the steamable bags or you could use canned) and stir it together. You could also add some tomatoes but we like to add salsa on top after they have baked. Then add equal parts of some bbq sauce and ranch dressing and mix it up with a large spoon.

Note: the original recipe from a magazine called for simply mixing chicken with salsa but my kids love this bbq-ranch combo that my sister Kelsey used on a salad at a family reunion and it just kind of came to be. Combinations and possibilities are endless with this recipe!

Line a large baking sheet with foil for easy clean up and spray with cooking spray.

Then take some flour tortillas and spray one side with cooking spray (your choice) or you can melt real butter and use that.

easy chicken quesadillas


Flip the tortilla over, fill with the chicken mixture

easy family meal

Then, top with cheese.

easy recipe cowboy quesadillas

Fold over (cooking spray should be on the outside) and bake for about 5-7 minutes, but watch closely after 4 minutes. They will be crisp on the outside and warm and delicious on the inside. I cut them in half with a pizza cutter and serve with salsa, sour cream, and avocado. Cut up some watermelon and grab a bagged salad and you are set!

easy black bean corn chicken quesadillas

They aren’t the neatest meal, but so good!! This is the pan  I forgot to line with foil – you’ll definitely want to use the foil for easy cleanup.

fast east chicken cowboy quesadillas

** Printable recipe here **

Cowboy Chicken Quesadillas

Preheat oven to 475 degrees or 450 degrees convection. Line baking sheets with foil and spray with cooking spray.


Canned black beans

Cooked white corn

Cooked chicken

Bbq sauce

Ranch dressing

Shredded cheese

Flour tortillas

Cooking Spray

Mix together the black beans, corn, and chicken. Add equal parts of bbq sauce and ranch to desired consistency. Spray one side of tortilla with cooking spray, turn over and fill one side with chicken mixture then top with cheese and fold over. Cooking spray side should be on outside. Bake for 5-7 minutes, begin watching closely at 4 minutes until they reach desired crispness on edges. Cut in half with pizza cutter and serve with salsa, sour cream, and avocado. Enjoy!

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