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Taco Bell chicken quesadilla dripping in quesadilla sauce

Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla

A perfect copycat of Taco Bell's chicken quesadilla with their famous quesadilla sauce. Made 100% from scratch with accessible ingredients.
5 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Lauren


  • Griddle Pan


Quesadilla Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos diced
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste


  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked about 16 ounces
  • 1 cup tex mex cheese shredded
  • 2 cheese slices
  • 4 tablespoons quesadilla sauce
  • 4 tortillas


Quesadilla Sauce

  • If using homemade pickled jalapenos, cut the jalapeno slices into very small pieces. Set aside. Measure out all other ingredients.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce until well mixed. It's ready to use right away, but for the best flavor, allow it to sit overnight.


  • If your chicken is raw, cook it on a pan until it reaches 165 degrees and is slightly browned. The seasonings aren't important - I just use salt and pepper but you're welcome to use taco seasoning, smoked paprika or any desired spices.
  • Take a tortilla and spread one half of it with about 1 tablespoon of quesadilla sauce. Top it with shredded cheese, then chicken, then ½ a cheese slice - torn up into small pieces. Fold the tortilla evenly in half.
  • Heat a nonstick pan or a griddler over medium heat. Spray the cooking surface with a bit of cooking spray or a drizzle of oil.
  • Cook the tortilla on both sides until slightly browned and until all the cheese has melted. Cut into 3 triangles and serve immediately. If desired, serve with sour cream and/or salsa.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 2mg
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