Bacon Ranch Ground Chicken Quesadillas

With only 5 ingredients, these extra cheesy ground chicken quesadillas are one of the easiest recipes you’ll find on my blog. They have 25 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbs each, and they’re great reheated as leftovers. Need a high protein snack, look no further! 

In ques you’re a visual learner, I’ve included a recipe walkthrough with photos below. You’ll find a complete printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. If you have a recipe question I don’t cover, leave a comment at the bottom of the post and I’ll help you out. 

ground chicken quesadillas on a baking sheet

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Step 1: Cook six slices of bacon. 

cooking bacon in a nonstick skillet

No more. No less. Six slices. 

You can cook whole slices and crumble after cooking if you’d like. Like I mentioned in air fryer breakfast pizza recipe, cutting the bacon before cooking leads to faster, more evenly cooked bacon. 

Step 2: Drain the bacon grease and cook ground chicken. Add the bacon and ranch seasoning to the cooked ground chicken. 

cooking the ground chicken with ranch seasoning and bacon

Unlike my loaded ground beef and potatoes skillet, this recipe calls for draining the bacon grease. I hate for it to go to waste, but you don’t want your quesadillas turning into a greasy mess.  

If you’re unfamiliar with ranch seasoning, you can buy it in individual packets or in large shaker bottles. I like investing in the bigger bottle to make everything from the Greek yogurt dip you see in photos here to chipotle ranch chicken burgers.

Step 3: Add tortillas to a griddle or skillet and top one half with cheese, the ground chicken mixture, and more cheese. Fold and cook until golden brown. 

assembling the ground chicken quesadillas

I’ve put the exact measurements of how much of the ground chicken mixture and cheese you need for each tortilla in the recipe card. If you don’t have a food scale, get one. But in the meantime, you can just eyeball it. The photo above should give you a decent idea of what they quesadillas look like during assembly. 

I used the same Mission Carb Balance tortillas I used for my pizza quesadillas and black bean quesadillas, but you can use any tortilla you want! 

Pro tip: Be sure to use freshly shredded cheddar. It’ll melt 157x better than pre-shredded, and that melty goodness comes in handy when making something like quesadillas. 

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

The dip you see is a simple mix of fat free Greek yogurt and a pinch or two of ranch seasoning mixed with a splash of hot sauce. You can get creative with it. My buffalo chicken bites and air fryer buffalo tuna patties work some light mayo in for an extra creamy dip. 

That’s all folks. Enjoy your ground chicken quesadillas! 

Bacon Ranch Ground Chicken Quesadillas

Bacon Ranch Ground Chicken Quesadillas

Yield: 8 Quesadillas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Extra cheesy chicken bacon ranch quesadillas made with just 5 ingredients.


  • 1 lb Ground Chicken (97/3)
  • 6 slices Bacon, cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning
  • 8 oz Cheddar, shredded
  • 8 Tortillas (I used 6" Mission Carb Balance tortillas)


  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel and drain the remaining grease.
  2. Add the ground chicken and cook until no pink remains.
  3. Add the ranch seasoning and bacon pieces back to the cooked ground chicken. Stir well until no visible ranch seasoning remains. Transfer the ground chicken mixture to a bowl or plate and set aside.
  4. Place the same skillet or a large griddle over medium-low to medium heat. Spray with a tiny bit of cooking spray and add tortilla(s).
  5. Place 2 tablespoons (14g) of cheese on one half of each tortilla, followed by the ground chicken mixture (about 40-45g) and another 2 tablespoons of cheese.
  6. Use a spatula to gently fold the tortilla in half, holding the top half closed for a few seconds to melt the top layer of cheese. Cook for another 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. (Decrease the heat if your tortillas are browning too quickly.)


More Quesadilla Filling Options

Each quesadilla has 7 WW SmartPoints (blue plan).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Quesadillas Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 14gCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 25g

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10 thoughts on “Bacon Ranch Ground Chicken Quesadillas”

  • hi, i’m from australia and it doesn’t look like we believe in ranch seasoning. can you give me some idea of what its made up of? thank you!

    • It’s a little difficult to completely re-create at home unless you have buttermilk powder. Aside from that ingredient, though, you can get pretty close with a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, dill, black pepper, and salt.

    • And for this recipe, you could cook some freshly diced onion and garlic in with the chicken. Though you’ll probably need to make an extra quesadilla or two to account for the additional volume. Hope that helps!

    • In South Africa we also don’t have ranch seasoning but I have made my own as close as possible to the one stated below- my family loved this dish

    • Totally. I’d say about 12 ounces of cooked shredded chicken would be a good equivalent. Just mix everything else with the shredded chicken and keep the 45g filling in each quesadilla the same.

  • I love this recipe! It’s an easy go to and reheats really well in the air frier. I slightly undercook mine and do 3ish minutes a side at 375 in the air frier to heat them back up.

  • This has become a staple in our house. My 9 year old son regularly asks me to make it. It’s easy, quick, and full of protein. I’ve used ground turkey as well as turkey bacon in a pinch and it always turns out great.

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