Slow-cooked BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Prep time: 
10 minutes
 Cook time: 
90 minutes
 Total time: 
100 minutes
Slow-cooked BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

This recipe gives a delicious upgrade to a classic quesadilla! Created by A Bright Moment Co.


For the chicken:

  • 1 lb. Chicken Breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 2 cups Brine from Bubbies' Kosher Dill Pickles
  • 2-3 Bubbies' Kosher Dill Pickles, finely diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups Pureed Tomato Sauce
  • ¼ cup Honey, or Pure Maple Syrup
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Regular Molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper(Optional) 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt

For the quesadillas:

  • Tortillas
  • Halloumi Cheese, Sharp Cheddar, or White Cheddar
  • Zesty Alabama White Sauce or White Queso, for dipping


For the Sauce:

  1. Add all the ingredients together in a food processor to pulse until smooth.Pour into a pot over medium heat to cook for 5-6 minutes, whisking continuously until thoroughly warmed.
  2. The sauce is ready to use immediately or can be stored in an airtight container to enhance the flavors overnight.
  3. In either a large resealable bag or airtight container, combine the chicken with the pickle brine, finely diced pickles, minced garlic, and black pepper. Store in the fridge overnight, or for at least 3 hours.

  1. When ready to cook, drain the chicken, sprinkle with salt, then add into a large pot or dutch oven. Pour in the BBQ sauce, bring to a boil, cover, then lower heat to a simmer for 1/2 - 2 hours, or until fully cooked. (Another option is to cover the chicken in water, bring to a boil, then simmer until fully cooked. Once cooked, drain the water, and toss the shredded chicken with the BBQ sauce.)
  2. Allow the chicken to cool for at least 5-10 minutes, then either shred with two forks or in a stand mixer.
  3. Enjoy the slow-cooked BBQ chicken warm however you desire!If making the quesadillas, heat up olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat for 1 minute. Add in one tortilla, 2-3 tbsp. cheese, and 2-3 tbsp.
  4. BBQ chicken.
  5. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve warm with a zesty white sauce or white queso for added creaminess.
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