BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas


BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas are full of sweet and savory goodness, and are so easy to make!

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I’m not sure what’s a bigger mouthful – the taste of BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas – or the name!

BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas were born from the what to make for dinner this week conundrum. It happens every weekend, which is when I typically do my meal planning. The recipe idea vault is exhausted, and my beloved spouse, God love him, only seems to be able to contribute one idea week after week. After week after week. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas ’til the cows come home!

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I like BBQ Chicken Quesadillas as much as the next gal, but really, sometimes you need a little variety. That’s where sweet, chopped apple comes in. And salty bacon…and melty cheddar. Lots of melty cheddar! These upgraded quesadillas satisfy Ben’s insatiable hunger for BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, and my need for a little variety. And bacon.

They’re handheld, hot & gooey, and full of smokey, sweet flavors, and crunchy, chewy textures. You’ll love ’em!

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Start the BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas by cooking then shredding 2 small chicken breasts. I seasoned mine with salt & pepper then sauteed until done, and shredded when cool. An equal amount of leftover or rotisserie chicken would be just fab too! Toss the chicken with 1/3 – 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce to coat, then set aside.


Next get your other toppings ready – mas shredded cheddar cheese (team hand shredded!) 1 chopped apple, and 6 center-cut bacon strips that have been cooked & crumbled.


Prep work’s done – time to get cookin’. First spray a large skillet with non-stick spray, then prop 2 flour tortillas against one another in the center. Sprinkle 2-1/2 Tablespoons cheese onto the bottoms of each tortilla.


Next add about 1/4 of the BBQ chicken, and 1/4 of the chopped apple. I went SUPER MEGA STUFFED with my quesadillas, but you can stuff to your liking.


Next add 1/4 of the bacon and 2-1/2 Tablespoons cheddar on top.


Fold the quesadillas over then turn the heat to medium and cook until the bottom is golden brown. Flip then cook until the other side is golden brown.


Slide the tortillas out onto a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. This way the cheese has a chance to meld all the toppings together so they won’t all come sliding out.


After the resting period, cut the quesadillas into quarters with a pizza cutter then enjoy!

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BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas

Makes 4 quesadillas


BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon, Cheddar Quesadillas are full of sweet and savory goodness, and are so easy to make!


  • 2 small chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • 1-1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Mix shredded chicken with BBQ sauce (may not use all sauce.) Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray then add two tortillas, propped against each other in the center so only half of each tortilla is laying on the bottom of the skillet. Sprinkle 2-1/2 Tablespoons cheese on the bottom of each tortilla followed by 1/4 of the chicken, 1/4 of the chopped apple, and 1/4 of the crumbled bacon. Top with 2-1/2 more Tablespoons cheese then fold tortillas over.
  2. Turn heat to medium then cook until bottom side is golden brown. Flip then cook until second side is golden brown. Remove to a cutting board then let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges with a pizza cutter. Repeat with remaining ingredients then serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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You know what else would be amazing in here instead of apples? Fresh peaches! Can’t wait to give that spin a go this summer!

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  1. Reminds me of one of my all time favorite indulgences – BBQ Chicken Pizza. I will have to try this. Thanks!

  2. Holly 02.11.2013

    I’m going to try these tomorrow for dinner, they look delicious! Love those random dinners that just happen to work out :)

  3. Love the idea of adding peaches. So simple and tasty!

  4. These sound amazing! Proof that compromise is good :)

    And can I just say that your quesadilla-cooking method is genius? I will never have to worry about how to fit more than one in the pan ever again!

  5. Mae 02.11.2013

    I agree with the previous post about the cooking method – genius! It’s so much more efficient to cook two at a time that way!

  6. Rachel 02.11.2013

    Looks awesome! Just curious–What kind of apple did you use? Do you recommend a sweeter or more tart apple for these?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.11.2013

      Normally I suggest Granny Smith’s for baking and cooking, as it hold up well to prolonged periods of heat, but since this is a fairly quick cook, your favorite apple is just fine. I used a Pink Lady!

  7. nancy 02.11.2013

    Again, I am amazed. I love the way you cook up your quesadillas – seems like I should have thought of that long ago. Brilliant you!

  8. Maria 02.11.2013

    Can I just say that is a GENIUS way to cook quesadillas?! You just blew my mind!!

  9. Okay that looks so good! I love how you always have the most creative and great sounding recipies!

  10. Melissa 02.11.2013

    It’s like you invented the wheel! How did I not think of cooking them two in a pan like that?! You need a medal or a trophey or something. I am so making these tomorrow via the “Iowa Girl” method as it shall forever been known as.

  11. I love the idea of combining the sweetness of apples with barbecue sauce. These sound so tasty!

  12. Michelle 02.11.2013

    This sounds sooo good . lately i have been addicted to bbq chicken or buffalo chicken and never even thought to put it in a quesadilla. also one of my fave sandwichess is turkey bacon apple so it will be yummy to try your version/combo of ingredients!

  13. As you would say, this is “all the things.” Yum.

  14. Jodea @ 02.12.2013

    I love your sweet and savoury combinations.

  15. Meg 02.12.2013

    I love your cheeseburger quesadillas and these look just as delicious!

  16. wendy r. 02.12.2013

    I love how you managed to cook these in the same pan and not get toppings all over the place – definitely much easier than my previous method of trying to flip the entire thing with two mismatched tortillas! Thanks for sharing, revolutionized quesadilla making in this house.

  17. The recipe looks fantastic, but I am equally impressed that you do two in one pan!

  18. CHRIS DAY 02.12.2013

    I’ve cooked mine like this (side by side) since my son was in Kindergarten. He’s now 25 lol. I made these for his lunch and all the other kids wanted to trade for them. Can’t wait to add apples. Great idea. It’d be good to dice some on a BBQ Chicken pizza huh

  19. Anne [A Squared] 02.12.2013

    My husband is very much the same– he suggests we have steak tacos or fried rice next week every week. These quesadillas look delicious. Will definitely be trying these!!

  20. You have the best ideas! Love how you cook both quesadillas at once. So smart.

  21. What an interesting combo. I never would have thought of it myself!

  22. ShaNae 02.12.2013

    Curious…did Ben like this version as much as just BBQ Chicken quesadillas? I think it sounds delicious. I enjoy your blog, your step by step pictures and final product, and that your personality comes through in each post. To bad you don’t live in Utah, I would love to meet you. Have a great day!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.12.2013

      He asked for his to not include the apple. Sad! Loved the chicken, bacon and cheese though…how could you not? ;)

  23. Lea 02.12.2013

    I stumbled across your blog yesterday when a woman I work with sent me here for a mac ‘n cheese recipe (which admittedly, I still haven’t found yet because I’m too busy drooling over everything else).
    This is easily my new favorite foodie blog and I can’t wait to work some of these meals into my weekly plan.

  24. brandy m 02.12.2013

    YUM!!! Before I read, it looked like pineapple was in the mix instead of apples. I think it looks delish either way!

  25. brandy m 02.12.2013

    At 1st glance I thought that was pineapple in there, which sounds pretty darn good as well.
    Thanks for a little weekly dinner inspiration :-)

    • brandy m 02.12.2013

      I’m stuttering – sorry!

  26. Chris W 02.12.2013

    These look wonderful, I just might have to try them with mango!!!! I made your kale chips last night, just loved them and so does the majority of my coworkers.

  27. Lizzie 02.12.2013

    Yum! Ever since your cheeseburger quesadillas, I have been getting creative with quesadillas whenever I am uninspired, too! Pizza quesadillas (mozzarella and pepperoni) dipped in pizza sauce is a good one, too.

  28. Tonya 02.13.2013

    Loved these! I didn’t have any apples on hand so I used part of my yellow squash, which gave it a nice crunch. Delicious! Thanks so much for your blog, I use a ton of your recipes :)

  29. Oh my goodness. I love when quesadillas are loaded with an insane amount of ingredients! These look like the ultimate quesadilla…

  30. Chastity 02.16.2013

    These were AWESOME! I loved the sweet and crunchiness from the apple, mixed with the rich saltiness of the bacon, and layered on cheesy goodness! We used Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce for a rich spicy flavor. This recipe is restaurant quality right here!

  31. Becky 02.20.2013

    These are so yummy and a great use for left over chicken. I was afraid my husband would like the apple in it, but he did! WIN!

  32. Krystle 02.26.2013

    Made this last night for dinner, it was easy, fast, and delicious. Thanks!

  33. Chris Porter 03.02.2013

    I made these last night, using pineapple chunks instead of apple. DELISH!!!

  34. Holly 03.02.2013

    Just got done eating these for dinner, so delicious!! My husband raved about these. That doesn’t happen very often! ;) thanks for this awesome recipe!!

  35. em 03.12.2013

    Made these with brie – so good!!

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  37. Christie 03.27.2013

    I just made these tonight….amazeballs!! My husband also loved them…we will definitely be making these again! :)

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  43. Andrea 07.08.2014

    I just made this recipe but with soft corn tortillas and MY GOSH. I think I’m in love. Look how pretty!

  44. MK 07.25.2014

    Totally making these tonight! I might add some red onion to ours too. It got me thinking about making some chicken, bacon, tomato, and ranch ones in the future. Or chicken teriyaki with pineapple.

    And the way you put two in a pan at the same time–BRILLIANT!

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  46. Ali 09.28.2014

    AMAZING!! So delicious :) We used a honeycrisp apple, smokey mesquite BBQ sauce and baked the chicken with Lawry’s, garlic salt, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Thumbs up for sure!

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