Applebee’s Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas Recipe (Copycat)

Applebee’s chicken quesadillas are absolutely irresistible. It’s an all-in-one snack with meat, vegetables, and of course, lots of cheese! Now you can make it right at home. This copycat Applebee’s chicken quesadilla recipe is perfect to throw together when you have to feed a crowd because it’s easy and quick to make. Make your picnics and get-togethers more exciting by serving them. Moreover, enjoy them alongside Applebee’s garlic mashed potatoes or with sweet potato fries.

A tortilla with cheese is already a quesadilla in itself. However, this famous version of the Mexican classic is made even more appetizing by adding tender and savory meat strips. We highly suggest using grilled chicken breast or leftover rotisserie chicken for incredible flavors. Simply cut them into strips or shred them, depending on your preference.

The original Applebee’s chicken quesadilla recipe has pico de gallo and melted cheddar cheese. Meanwhile, our recipe boasts not just one, but two types of cheese because we’re adding cheddar and Monterey Jack to our chipotle chicken quesadillas. Moreover, we also have pico de gallo inspired ingredients like tomatoes, jalapeño, and cilantro that add zest and spice to this delicious snack. Lastly, a dollop of this vegan sour cream or this fresh tomato salsa would certainly make this dish even more appetizing.

Applebee’s Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas Recipe (Copycat)

How To Make Applebee’s Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas (Copycat)

This 10-minute Applebees chicken quesadillas recipe makes a savory snack filled with tender chicken and lots of cheese, leveled up with tomatoes and a kick of spice from the jalapeño.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins


  • 4 flour tortillas, 10-inch
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb chicken strips, cooked
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
  • ¼ tsp cilantro, chopped


  1. Warm a large frying pan over medium heat. 

  2. Butter one side of each tortilla. Place one butter-side down in the pan.

  3. Spread the cheeses, chicken, tomato, and jalapeños on the tortilla.

  4. Sprinkle the cilantro over the ingredients and top with another tortilla, butter-side up.

  5. Flip the quesadilla to cook the other side.

  6. Once the cheese is melted and the edges are browned, remove from heat and repeat with remaining ingredients.

  7. Cut up into triangles and serve.


  • Sugar: 3g
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  • Calcium: 429mg
  • Calories: 632kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Cholesterol: 145mg
  • Fat: 38g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Potassium: 794mg
  • Protein: 48g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 919mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1600IU
  • Vitamin C: 19mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best cheese for quesadillas?

For a more authentic feel, it is recommended to use Mexican cheeses like Oaxaca, Asadero, or Chihuahua. However, we know that some of these are not readily available in most groceries so you can always substitute them with Monterey Jack, cheddar, or mozzarella.

How do you make quesadillas crispy?

The secret to having a crispy quesadilla is to put a minimal amount of oil or butter in the pan when heating the tortilla because when you put too much, the tortilla will end up being soggy and too greasy which could make it less appetizing. 

Quesadilla Recipes


This Applebee’s chipotle chicken quesadilla will be a sure hit if you serve it to your friends and family. It’s savory and a little spicy, not to mention there’s a beautiful cheese pull once you bite into this delicious snack.
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