August 28, 2018
Buffalo chicken is one of my absolute favorites, and I’ve made it my personal mission to serve it up as many ways as I possible can. Tonight, that looks a lot like this cheesy, smoky Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas! These are the REAL DEAL!
Any way I can sneak the flavor load of tender cooked buffalo chicken into a meal I do. Wraps? You bet. Buffalo Chicken Pizza? For sure. Quesadillas… why not! So that’s how we got here, and I’m so happy you came.
Since back to school is practically upon us, I’m searching for more ways I can put my slow cooker to use. If there is a dish I really like, such as Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, or Pork Carnitas, I find a way I can re-create the recipe to be made in my slow cooker and then share it with you.
And that’s exactly what we are doing here because the chicken gets slow cooked in buffalo sauce to tender fall-apart perfection that makes my heart happy.
Set the chicken to cook in the morning and by the time you get home, dinner is a couple of tortillas and handfuls of cheese from being done which means you get more time to do important things like hanging out with the kiddos and taking care of business. Now that’s a family dinner idea I can get behind!
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla Ingredients
It doesn’t take much to bring these quesadillas together, and if you cook the slow-cooker buffalo chicken ahead of time, dinner is ready in less than 10!
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Buffalo sauce
- Flour tortillas
- Shredded Cheddar cheese
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing
How to Make Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Once you have prepared the Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken you are almost ready to eat. There are only a few more steps until dinner is done.
- Grease and heat a large Non-Stick Pan
The trick to getting a perfect golden-brown tortilla is to start with a hot pan.
- Top the Tortillas
On one tortilla, layer the shredded chicken, cheese, and blue cheese. Top with another tortilla and place it in the hot pan.
Grill for 3 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt. Flip and grill for another 3 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Remove from the skillet and repeat with remaining quesadillas.
Slicing the tortilla, top with additional Blue cheese and a drizzle of Ranch dressing, or Blue cheese dressing, if that’s your thing.
Homemade Buffalo Sauce
If there’s anything on the table that involves Buffalo sauce – you can count me in! While bottled sauce does the job, there is nothing like my homemade buffalo sauce.
It’s perfect for dipping, dunking, and cooking and easy to make with pantry ingredients such as hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire, butter, and seasonings.
How to Store Extras
There’s a way to store cooked quesadillas, so they don’t get mushy and soggy. Maybe you cooked extra for lunch tomorrow or to keep on hand; either way, you can store cooled and sliced quesadillas in an airtight container, wrapped in a paper towel. The paper helps to absorb any moisture and keep the quesadillas intact.
I like to reheat my quesadillas in a pan, so the tortilla gets crispy, and the cheese melts, again!
Can You Freeze Buffalo Chicken?
Is this freezer friendly? Absolutely! If I don’t plan using the leftover buffalo chicken that week, pack it into labeled freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 months. To eat, remove from freezer, heat, and use it like you would a fresh batch. You’ll thank yourself later!
I have to admit, this recipe may require minimal effort but it brings down the house with the smoky, tangy, bold Buffalo sauce. Oh wait, I almost forgot the blue cheese crumbles and dressing. YES! This is one step you SHOULD NOT skip, although the buffalo chicken by itself is pretty spectacular, these crumbles and drizzles take these quesadillas up a notch. If Blue cheese isn’t your thing there is always ole, reliable Ranch, and hey it’s pretty good too!
This entire meal looks like it was made for kids but let’s be honest, this was totally made with me in mind. No shame, and it doesn’t hurt that they love it just as much as I do!
What are some of your favorite recipes to make in the slow cooker?
EPIC Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
- 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- ¾ cup buffalo sauce
- 8 8-inch flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
- Butter, for grilling
- Blue cheese or Ranch dressing, for serving
- Place the chicken breasts into the dish of a slow cooker. Pour the buffalo sauce over the chicken, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
- Once the chicken is cooked through, shred the meat with two forks and toss to coat with the sauce.
- Place the tortillas on a flat surface. Top 4 tortillas with the chicken, Cheddar cheese, and blue cheese. Assemble the quesadillas.
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. One at a time, place the quesadillas into the skillet and grill for 3 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt. Flip and grill for another 3 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Remove from the skillet and repeat with remaining quesadillas.
- Slice and serve Ranch or Blue cheese dressing.
This Buffalo chicken makes the perfect base for a number of recipes such as tacos, salads, on top pizza, or to stuff a potato. If you want to stretch this meal for more recipes, then double the slow cooker buffalo chicken recipe. That way you can use it to build out another recipe, for instance, tacos one night, these quesadillas another. See where I’m going?
Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Hawaiian rolls packed with shredded buffalo chicken and Ranch sauce covered with melted Provolone and blue cheese crumbles. One bite, and it melts in your mouth.
All the delicious Buffalo chicken flavors loaded in a sweet potato, topped with cheese and Ranch sauce! It’s pure satisfaction minus the guilt and a total crowd-pleaser.
Recipe:Buffalo Chicken Salad
Looking for a healthy, easy meal prep idea? You got it right here with this buffalo chicken salad built with slow-cooked chicken, crisp lettuce, and homemade Ranch Dressing… making it the perfect combo for a healthy meal prep lunch!