Easy Chicken Quesadilla in the Waffle Iron made in 15 minutes? Heck yes!! These cheese quesadilla with chicken and vegetables are delicious and fast to make. The best part is you can have the components made ahead of time make when ready.
Making quesadillas in your waffle maker?? Yes, it is easy and bonus...no flipping!!
The other day I saw somewhere (for the life of me not sure where) ideas on how to use waffle irons for things besides making waffles. The one that stuck with me was making quesadillas in a waffle maker. So I figured I would try it.
The result was fabulous! So easy, no flipping and the cheese was perfectly melted and bits of the quesadilla was crisped. My kids especially flipped out, loving the chicken and cheese quesadillas I made.
It wasn't even a week until my son begged me to make them for him and a group of his friends. I was a waffle quesadilla making fiend that day! Chicken quesadilla, steak quesadilla and cheese quesadilla are a big hit with the teens. And not going to lie, me too!
Table of Contents
- Peppers (optional)
- Onions (optional)
- Avocado or olive oil (or spray)
- Salt & pepper
- Flour tortillas
- Shredded cheese or cheese for shredding
Heat your waffle iron, and spray with nonstick spray. Place one tortilla atop fill and top with another tortilla. Close waffle maker, placing pressure just a bit but not too hard as you don't want filling to spill out. And cook until done to your liking. Repeat.
- For the traditional quesadilla shape, the style waffle maker shown below is best. Any type of waffle iron will work however.
- I like to keep one waffle maker for savory recipes and one for sweet recipes. Completely up to you.
- Have all of your ingredients ready to go, assembly is quick. and the cook is rather quick.
- Make the components ahead of tim and assemble and cook when ready.
- Don't overfill the quesadillas.
- Pressing down slightly for part of the cook gives crispy areas.
- Play around with the fillings.
- Waffle maker - You can use full size or mini for this. A traditional waffle maker style is best.
Choose to make this chicken and cheese quesadilla recipe (with or without the vegetables), cheese quesadilla, vegetable quesadilla, steak quesadilla or whichever combination that sounds good to you. We have made buffalo chicken quesadilla as well which is a favorite with the kids!
My recommendation is that if you have leftovers, store them as components vs the finished quesadilla. So store the chicken (or whichever filling you are using), cheese vegetables, tortillas etc. separately until ready to make more.
You may also enjoy making
Enjoy! XO- Colleen
Recipe originally posted July, 2015. Updated November, 2023.
Easy Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas Cooked In A Waffle Iron
- 1 small rotisserie chicken
- 1 green pepper seeded and chopped
- 1 medium Vidalia onion chopped
- 2 TBS grapeseed or olive oil divided
- Salt & pepper
- 12 - 6- inch diameter flour tortillas
- 8 oz package of shredded Mexican cheese
- Pull apart your chicken, getting all of the meat off of it. Lightly shred it with your fingers. Season it and set it aside.
- Saute the peppers and onions in 1 TBS oil for 4 minutes. Set aside.
- Heat your waffle iron.
- Meanwhile, lightly coat one side of each tortilla with oil and season with salt & pepper. Once iron is ready, lay one tortilla oil side down on the griddle then spoon on some peppers & onions, then add the chicken, then add about ¼-1/3 cup of cheese. Top with another tortilla (oil side up and gently close the waffle iron putting more and more pressure in it. Hold for 30 seconds.
- Allow it to continue cooking other 2-3 minutes or so, putting pressure on it every now and again. Once the tortilla looks done to your liking (with some brown spots, remove it with a small spatula and place it on a plate for a minute.
- Use a sharp knife to cut it into 4 triangles right along the waffle marks.
- Serve with salsa and repeat until full.
I used a circular, non-stick "Belgian-style waffle iron for these.
Don't worry if any cheese oozes out...as soon as the waffle iron cooks it, it comes right off, crispy. Just flick it with a fork.