These BBQ turkey quesadillas are simple and fast- the barbecue sauce and green chiles go perfectly with the melted cheese and tender turkey.

To be perfectly honest, 99% of the time, tender, juicy turkey leftovers in our home get stuffed in between fluffy leftover rolls, doused in mustard and devoured.

Just like that. It is the sole reason I look forward to slaving over a turkey.

Triangle pieces of cooked chicken quesadilla on a gray plate.

When we are finally sick of the aforementioned preference, I normally throw the leftover turkey into this cheesy broccoli and rice casserole or make these spiffy, quick quesadillas.

Not only are they simple and fast, but the barbecue sauce and green chiles pair beautifully with the creamy, melted cheese and tender turkey.

These beauties sneak their way into our home all throughout the year since chicken makes a perfect substitute for the turkey.

Have fun with your own turkey leftovers. And in my honor, eat at least one turkey-roll-mustard sandwich. Ok? Thanks.

To take a look at all of the Thanksgiving recipes from last year and this year, click here. (Also check out the Recipe Index for other pies, sweets, and side dishes that might tickle your fancy.)

What To Serve With This:

Divine One-Minute Salsa or Balsamic Black Bean Salsa
Black Bean Hummus and fresh veggies
Fresh fruit

One Year Ago: Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks
Two Years Ago: Cornbread Muffins

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BBQ Turkey Quesadillas

4.72 stars (7 ratings)


  • 8 large burrito-size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded leftover cooked turkey
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce (see note)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 (3.5-ounces) can green chiles, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, my favorite combo is monterey jack and sharp cheddar
  • Sour cream, salsa, avocados for serving


  • Preheat a griddle or skillet on the stovetop to medium heat.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together the turkey, barbecue sauce and green chiles. Spread an equal amount of this mixture on four of the tortillas (or five if you are spreading it thinner and making more quesadillas). Sprinkle the green onions over the top of the mixture and then top with the shredded cheese. Top with a tortilla and place the quesadillas on the griddle or stovetop, cooking for about 2-3 minutes each side until the tortillas are golden brown and crisp and the filling is hot and cheese is melted.


BBQ Sauce: this is my favorite homemade version. 
Serving: 1 Serving, Calories: 489kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 1269mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g

Recipe Source: My Kitchen Cafe