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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, chorizo quesadillas, and black bean quesadillas, but you can use any tortilla you want! If you’ve seen my air fryer quesadillas recipe, corn and flour blended tortillas make amazing quesadillas.

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.

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)

Instructions

  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.)

Notes

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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Emily

Thursday 8th of April 2021

Do the macros include the wrap or just the filling?

Mason Woodruff

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Whole thing!

Nate

Friday 18th of December 2020

I tried your recipe and it worked out great!!! Thank you, I used bigger tortilla shells just because I didn’t read your recipe right lol but it was quick and tasted SOOOO good.

Mason Woodruff

Monday 21st of December 2020

Sounds like a happy accident. Glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for letting me know!

Kyle

Thursday 17th of December 2020

I never comment on recipes.... These quesadillas are insane and "healthy...ish". I love all your stuff, thank you for doing what you do!

Mason Woodruff

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Thanks, Kyle! Glad you enjoyed these.

Ashley Radin

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Can you use any kind of chicken or only ground chicken . Like precooked chicken or chopped up chicken breasts

Mason Woodruff

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Great question. I'm sure you could use some pre-cooked chicken breast/thighs or even rotisserie chicken. I'd use something like 12 ounces of cooked chicken in place of the ground chicken. Let me know if you try it out!

Amanda

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Can these be frozen for later use?

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 20th of February 2021

I bet they'd be a great freezer friendly snack. Especially if you have an air fryer to reheat or the time to reheat in an oven. I typically reheat things like tacos in the air fryer for 5-ish minutes at 325ºF.

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