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Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas are an awesome weeknight meal! They’re loaded with so many delicious flavors, you won’t be able to eat just one!

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

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What is it about bacon & avocado that I absolutely love?? And these quesadillas… with their buttery, crispy, heavenly tortilla shells… are seriously yum. Don’t let the green scare ya, avocados have a really delicious taste. I promise they’re not just thrown in to “healthify” this recipe! ;) Quesadillas are one of our favorite quick and easy weeknight meals. Come on, let’s make these, you’ll love ’em!

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

How to Make Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas

Let’s start with the bacon. Here’s how I do it. Arrange bacon on a cooling rack (like for cookies) and set it on top of sheet pan. If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can just put the bacon straight on the sheet pan. Or in a 9×13 baking dish. Either way will work. Place bacon in a cold oven,  turn heat to 400, and cook 15 mins per side. Crispy strips of bacon, the easy way!

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Now take about a tbsp of the bacon drippings and add to a skillet over medium heat. Add diced scallions & saute about 2-3 mins until softened.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Add bite-sized pieces of chicken in a single layer, season with salt & pepper, and cook for about 5 mins or until chicken is golden and cooked through, flipping just once during cooking.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Remove the chicken & scallions to a plate and rinse out the skillet.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Then add a little butter over medium heat…

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

And when foamy, add a tortilla and swirl it around to get it nice and buttery.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Now we can start layering with the good stuff. Chicken.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Bacon.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Avocado.

Do you know how to pick out a good avocado? We’ve all been there… trying to scoop out a rock hard avocado! First check the bottom and make sure it has a green stem. Then give it a little squeeze. It should have a little give to it. Not too squishy, but not rock hard. Touch the tip of your nose. About like that. You’ll get a good one every time. If all they have at the store are rock hard, let it sit on the counter overnight. If you have a paper bag you can put it in with an apple, even better.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

A little cheese..

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Now use some tongs to flip the other side of the tortilla over.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

And pat down in place.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Oh my stars. When it’s golden, brown and delicious like this, flip it over to brown the other side. It’ll just take a minute or two on each side.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

Super easy. Super quick. Super delicious.

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas

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Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 quesadillas 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

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Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas are an awesome weeknight meal! They’re loaded with so many delicious flavors, you won’t be able to eat just one!

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Ingredients

  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup scallions, diced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 medium-sized flour tortilla shells
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Arrange bacon on a cooling rack (like for cookies) and set it on top of sheet pan. If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can just put the bacon straight on the sheet pan. Or in a 9×13 baking dish. Either way will work. Place bacon in a cold oven, turn heat to 400, and cook about 15 mins per side, until crispy.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoon bacon grease (or olive oil) to a skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and saute about 2-3 mins until softened. Add the chicken in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 mins or until chicken is golden and cooked through, flipping just once during cooking. Remove the chicken and scallions to a plate and wipe out the skillet.
  3. Add about 1/2 tablespoon butter to the skillet over medium heat. When foamy, add a tortilla and swirl it around to get it nice and buttery. Layer one side of the tortilla with chicken, bacon, avocado, and a little cheese. Use tongs to flip the other half of the tortilla over and press down. Cook the tortilla for about 1-2 mins on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas, adding a little more butter for each tortilla as needed. Eat & enjoy!

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94 Responses
  1. Lynne Bauereiss

    Oh.My.Goodness!! Were these ever good!! I made these exactly as the recipe instructed, except that I cooked the bacon in the microwave. I still had bacon drippings so it just seemed easier. But this was just awesome and my husband has already requested it again! Thanks so much for the recipe – I loved it!!

  2. Heather

    This is absolutely by far one of my favorite things to cook for my family. Everyone loves it, infact… we’re having it for dinner tonite! :)

  3. Megan and Emily @WhimsicallyHomemade

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

  4. Elizabeth Garza

    I just want to say I tried this and it was AWESOME simple to do and it offers a great combination of flavors you are amazing I will try more recipes throughout the week
    I defenetely love avocados (Im mexican lol) keep creating great recipes

  5. Leanna

    These were delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!! It is my new preferred way to have Quesadillas :) I’m excited to try some more of your stuff!!

  6. Sarah-Louise Kimmer

    Hi, for the UK…scallions are equivalent to Spring Onions I think :o) I am putting the ingredients for this on this week’s shopping list and can’t wait to try it – it’s been on my Pinterest board for too long now! xx

  7. Katie S.

    I made these tonight and oh, my gosh, they are delicious. I can’t believe I’ve wasted a year of my life without these! And I was so pleased that they actually came out looking like yours, too. Had to be the butter. :)

  8. Lindsey

    I made these a couple nights ago and my family already wants more! Even my four year old told me they were good! They are terrific! I am normally not fond of avocado, but I loved these! The bacon really makes these unbelievable! I had to double the recipe to make enough for my hungry boys, but it wasn’t difficult to do. I plan on making them again really soon!

  9. Chelsea

    I’m making these for my daycare kids today…I found the recipe awhile ago and have been waiting to make them. Not sure how the kids will feel about them, but I’m sure I won’t mind eating the leftovers :) Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Chris Tompkins

    Wow! I’m absolutely starving…so those pictures are not fair. I may need to get shopping during my lunch break for those ingredients….yum!

  11. Ashley W.

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were fantastic! Exactly what I hoped they would be. They remind me of the Avocado Club Egg Rolls from California Pizza Kitchen. Add some ranch to dip it in and mmmm!

  12. MyInfiniteStomach

    Okay Okay..I’ve found what I’m making for lunch tomorrow. It’s gonna end up on my blog, but watch for a link giving you allll the credit. Nice job!

  13. Mari @ Mari's Cakes

    You guys are the best! I love your recipes! This quesadillas look amazing. Thanks for inspiring us to get up a make quesadillas.

    Have a wonderful week :)

  14. Allison Troyer

    I am making this now, but am taking a break while my hubby runs and gets more bacon! :O It came out BLACK! I thought that it looked ALMOST done when I pulled it after 15 minutes, but turned it and cooked it for another 15. Phew! What a smelly, smoky mess! Hahaha. Everything else looks promising though!

    Seasoned my chicken with Tony’s Creole and then squeezed some fresh lime juice on it!! YUM!

  15. Barbara Ford

    Wow! Made these for dinner this evening. I did overcook the bacon, but next time I’ll just lay it in a 9×12 stone as I have done before and then drain on paper towels. I served it with nothing more than just sour cream. My husband and I both LOVE this recipe….looking forward to making it for my son’s family soon. Hoping it’s okay to reprint the recipe on my blog, with credit given.

  16. Suzanne

    Just made these for dinner last night. Yummers! Another awesome recipe. I seasoned the chicken with the Montreal Steak Seasoning before cooking because I am now hooked on the stuff, thanks to you. It was so delicious. I even ate half of a leftover quesadilla, cold out of the fridge for breakfast this morning. =)

  17. Maria

    Hi, this looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try this! I just shared this recipe on my blog. It’s such a creative, delectable recipe! Maria

  18. Kim

    Tried these tonight and OMG they were phenomenal!!!! thank you so much for posting this recipe, regular quesadillas will simply not do anymore ;)

  19. tp2

    Just made there without the bacon added some paprika and onions a little garlic tasted awesome thnx for the inspiration
    just stumbled upon your site

  20. Nancy Long

    my hubby loves quesadillas – I usually saute onion and bell peppers and toss in shredded rotisserie chicken serve with guacamole, will def be trying them your way. BTW – I usually cook bacon at 400 for approx. 18 min and turns out perfect, thick bacon a bit longer

  21. Matthew

    I skimmed the comments and didn’t notice, so I will post this quick update. To cook the bacon (either w/or w/out a cooling rack) try putting parchment paper or aluminum foil lining the pan. It helps with clean up. Just let the pan cool and pick up the fatty leftovers and throw them away. Or if you are like me save the grease in a can and use it for amazing gravy or cooking oil for breakfast rolls etc.

  22. ashley

    thanks for the great recipie i made these yesturday but i didnt have the website in front of me so i just went off what i knew, i missed a few steps like the onion and i intentionally left out the bacon, and i spread the avacado on instead of cubed it but it was still delicious ! thank you for the great idea i cant wait to try the cheeseburger flat breads!…and the chocolate cake!

  23. Bunny Terry

    Okay – Made these quesadillas last night and they were delicious – green chile in mine and jalepenos in my sweetie’s to spice things up. Had made a pot (our weekly pot) of beans with Chimayo red chile powder that I served on the side. May I, if I give you mucho credit, post about this recipe in my i love new mexico blog (see previous comment)?

  24. Bunny Terry

    I was just trying to figure out what we were having for dinner with those two chicken breasts I have thawing. . .I am definitely making this (my boyfriend makes HOMEMADE tortillas – he’d better get home in a hurry) and adding green chile. Yummm. I write a couple of blogs – check out http://www.ilovenewmexicoblog.com for some really fun green chile recipes. . .if you can get it where you live. Thanks – I’m so glad I found you!

  25. Marty Thorpe

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! It has quickly become my go to dinner. However, I spice up the chicken using, sea salt, pepper, garlic, cilantro and crushed red pepper. I like the depth of flavor it gives.

  26. Jenny

    Oh my goodness, my stomach is growling right now!!! I am making these asap. Anytime avocado and bacon are in the same dish,I love it.Thanks Amanda!

  27. Angela

    Wow..thanks for the recipe. I made this tonight for my husband and 2 sons and everyone loved it! What a great mix of flavors and a nice change from the typical quesadilla. Great job!

  28. Shawnabcdefg

    Wooaahhhh momma. These look too good. Will you please just come make them for me?!?!!! haha :)
    I absolutely love all of your pictures.

  29. Janine

    omg. I was searching for a chicken quesadilla recipe, stumbled upon this one that you posted on my bday. . it’s fate. . I MUST make these for dinner tonight!!

    You have an amazing blog!! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Christine Steendahl-"The Menu Mom"

    These look delish! I love recipes with familiar ingredients the whole family will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Beth

    Love this recipe!! We also make a similar one for the picky folks, I omit the avocado (though I love it) and add a half a can of cream of chicken soup. Mix the chicken, bacon, cheese and the soup together and stuff it all in together and voila! A moist cheesy quesadilla the picky kids love!

  32. Timberly Flowers

    Oh yum! These are really similar to On the Border’s since retired Double Stacked Club Quesadillas. My local OTB still makes them if I ask nicely. Now I can just make them at home! :-)

  33. Heather

    Holy flip, these look so dang good I am salivating as we speak. And I’m pregnant which is so no bueno because no I am going to be craving these until I make them! Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Miss

    This looks fantastic! I make a great grilled cheese with bacon and avocado and I think this would be even better.
    Just found your site from PW link. Amazing!

  35. Julie

    I was just wondering if you had the nutritional value on this… my husband does Weight Watchers and I really want to make this, but doubt he would eat it if he doesn’t know the point value. Thanks

    1. nifty

      If you do weight watchers you should be able to calculate the points yourself. You are responsible for your own weight loss, not others.

  36. Trish Tallent

    I made these for my family last night and they were a huge hit!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try another!

  37. Danielle

    These quesadillas were wonderful. I made these last night along with the cheese dip and they were both great. I think these would be really great either dipped in an avacado mousse, as well as an infused olive oil sauce! Thanks so much!

  38. Melissa

    Made these tonight….they were a huge hit!!! 15 min on each side of for the bacon was a bit much for my oven….most of them came out black! It could be cause I only did half a pound….but other than that they were awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Allison

    Made this tonight and it was awesome! I made it with whole grain tortillas and it was soooo yum! It was like everything was wrapped in a Wheat Thin!

    We will be making this again!

  40. Dagmar

    Made these for dinner tonight, Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I used turkey bacon and made it on the stove, though. …and used Ole Extreme Wellness tortillas. But, everything turned out perfect! My DH loved them! They were YUMMY! TFS :)

  41. Vicky

    I loved these! So delicious, I made one and then my roommate got home and she was like: “where did you buy it?” Uhh…. no I made it (I never cook, but this looked so easy to do) and I just had to make another one for her and she loved it as well. An added plus, it was so QUICK! :D Thanks for posting this recipe!

  42. Jessica

    Okay, YUM!!! These were delicious!! My hubby and I just had them for our Friday night dinner without kids!!! We will be eating them again and again and again–what awesome flavors together! Thanks so much for sharing!

  43. Kimberly

    I made these for dinner tonite and my husband said “Honey, OH MY GOD!” =) Needless to say, they were a hit in this house. I also cooked the 8 slices of bacon for 15 mins total because when I checked the slices halfway through, the one side was done. It came out perfect! I’ve actually never cooked bacon in the oven like that before.
    We complimented our meal with two frothy glasses of Blue Moon and a slice of orange! Mmmmm…I’m full!

  44. Ashlee

    Okay, maybe I’m just crazy, but every time I make bacon like this (which is WAY better than standing over a stove!!) It smokes like CRAZY!!! I have the vent fan on, the windows open, and every fan in my apartment on and my eyes are stinging from the smoke!! Literally, there is smoke coming out of the burners and through the small crack where the top of the oven door meets the stove. Any tips??? It’s most likely because my apartment is old and the oven is too–added to the fact that it’s a small space. Just wondering if you (or anyone else!!) has any tips that might help!!

    1. Ashlee

      My boyfriend just mentioned that it could be because I had the cooling rack standing up (like you would set it to cool cookies) and that if I had left the “legs” folded under, the bacon wouldn’t have splattered so much when it dripped (since it would have been closer to the pan), therefore causing all the smoke. I can’t tell from the picture how you have yours, Amanda, but maybe that’s it?? Who knows. At this point, it’s all out of the oven and about to go in my stomach so who cares? :)

    2. Lee Karim

      Ashlee
      All ovens do not heat the same. Try a lower heat. Try 375. You can brown bacon at 350 degrees. It might take a little longer. Put that rack flat on the pan. With less heat you will not have so much spattering.

      Lee

  45. Allison

    I bet you every person who read this post touched the tip of their nose to feel what an avocado should feel like. I know I did.

  46. EBK

    I’ve never seen that method for cooking bacon but am going to assume it cuts way down on the amount of grease you end up consuming? Thanks for the tip!

  47. ava-j

    Hi Amanda, sometimes I’m half-afraid to open any mail coming from you, coz I know you’ll have something absolutely, deliciously wicked to share and I end up craving and wishing I could eat it off the screen! See, now Im hungry, lol!
    But thanks for the recipe, hope to try that out someday!!! I love your photos: they’re good enough to eat (if only I could!) :)

  48. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Amanda, these quesadillas look amazing. I love avocado – and please bacon too. The combo is perfect. My kids would dig these & they would go great in their lunchboxes. LOVE the step by step photos! xo

  49. Sherri C

    I made these tonight…. SO YUMMY!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Amanda for the recipe :) My hubby was woah excited that I was thinking outside the box, hehe.

  50. Helena

    Hey Amanda, I made these for dinner tonight! Yummy!

    Just one thing- you said to cook the bacon in the oven on 400 for 15 minutes PER SIDE.

    So I did.

    And when I opened the oven, black smoke billowed out.

    On the upside, I’ve never seen such evenly burned bacon before…

    I redid it, for 15 minutes TOTAL. And it turned out perfectly :)

    1. Amanda

      Uh oh, Helena!! I do actually cook my bacon for 15 mins *per side*, and sometimes if it’s thick, it even needs a few more minutes. But then again I normally do an entire pound of bacon at a time, maybe that was it? So glad it worked out okay in the end! :)

    2. Helena

      Maybe my oven is over-ambitious. It could be heating up faster than normal, or something.

      PS. My husband raved about these. I think we have a new staple :)

  51. Heather =)

    Sounds and looks super easy and delish! I cannot wait to try after a LONG day at class. Perfect for the ‘professional’ student.

  52. Julie

    omg that looks soooo yummy. And your right, looks easy peasy too. I just might have to make that for dinner tonight. All I need is the bacon. :0) thanks for sharing.

  53. Olivia

    Wow Amanda! These look sinfully delicious! I am a HUGE fan of avocados so I think we’ll try these this week. Thanks for sharing!

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