We’re not about to go back on our promise to do more sheet pan meals for 2019 already.
And this one makes for a perfect shortcut to one of the easiest and most flexible family-friendly meals there is.
“Damn it Napolean, make yourself a dang quesadilla!”
Smokey Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Quesadillas.
Ok, so this recipe is infinitely flexible. While it calls for a batch of prepared pulled BBQ chicken, if you don’t have the time or haven’t pre-planned to make this happen, you can easily throw them together with any bits and bobs of leftover meat, beans, tofu, or veggies that you have kicking around. The only mandatory ingredients are tortillas and cheese. It’s really the sheet pan technique that wins here. Eight quesadillas all at ONCE. Eight.
Remember these? Mexican Street Corn Quesadillas. This technique doesn’t discriminate. It works for quesadillas of all shapes and sizes.
You can go full on family style here, too. Pleasing the palate of everyone gathered around the table is a cinch. At our house, we made a few vegetarian, a few chicken and a few with plain cheese. Serve the remaining filling(s) in separate bowls alongside the finished quesadillas. You’re still following the same recipe, while avoiding any short-order cooking, but here you’re giving options to everyone. Being considerate without catering and all that jazz. My daughter ate the cheese from inside the tortilla, the greek yogurt and the avocado. I call that a win.
You’ll also notice the recipe calls for a third of a batch of BBQ pulled chicken. I’m sneaking in a little meal planning here for ya. Making a big batch of pulled chicken/ pork/ beef is a great way to have an easy meal option on hand in the freezer. Transfer the remaining pulled chicken to a freezer bag for a night where you need to hustle for a satisfying meal. It will work on it’s own over some rice or quinoa, in a grilled cheese or most deliciously, on pizza (try using BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce – mind blowing good). And obviously, you can keep it for another couple quesadillas nights.
And don’t forget the margaritas.