Teriyaki Chicken Quesadilla

Teriyaki chicken stuffed in a cheesy quesadilla…it doesn’t get much better than that! I love the sweet and tangy flavor of teriyaki especially on chicken. Wrap it in gooey, melty cheese and a buttery tortilla, and you have yourself an out of this world meal!


   A photo of a slice of teriyaki chicken quesadilla garnished with minced red onion and chopped fresh cilantro.


I know this is a little weird to admit as it’s really not at all healthy and I wouldn’t ever make it for my kids after school, but I might as well let you in on my life. So here goes, at least 3-4 times a week when I would get home from high school I’d make myself a teriyaki chicken quesadilla or burrito.

I know, dinner was only a few hours away and most kids were having a snack but I was having a full on meal. But it was good, it was real good!

And then for some odd reason I totally forgot about it. Fast forward 10 or so years and I rediscovered this delicacy. I had some leftover teriyaki chicken from the night our babysitter went into labor at our house, while babysitting. Oh, you missed that?

This Actually Happened

If you’re following me on Instagram (@ohsweetbasil) you know that I took the hubs to a Utah Jazz basketball game and due to a few changes we ended up having our friend, who was pregnant with her first, babysit for us. She wasn’t having anything happen with baby, the kids would be in bed sleeping and the neighbors had been alerted that a preggers was babysitting just in case anything did happen.

So off we went to the game and I was texting like mad, “Any baby news? How’s baby? Are you in labor? Get that baby out!!” It was all good fun and I was truly just teasing her when suddenly I got a text, “K, this is for reals, I think my water just broke.”

Holy cow!!! Was this for real? You should have seen Cade and I run out of there. I mean seriously. Just minutes before I had told him that I had a feeling that we should head home. I even had my coat in my lap. He had said to wait a little longer as it was just half time. Nope! My feeling had been right. We ran up the stairs, down the street and straight to our car and then flew home. The next day one of our favorite family’s ever had a beautiful baby girl.

So, here’s to you Ashton and Tyler! Thanks for not giving birth in my living room! Haha, jk. But seriously, love those sweet friends.


A photo of a slice of teriyaki chicken quesadilla garnished with minced red onion and chopped fresh cilantro.


What Is A Quesadilla?

Now back to the teriyaki chicken I had leftover in the fridge. A light came on and suddenly I remembered that childhood favorite of mine…teriyaki chicken quesadilla!

A quesadilla is a tortilla that is filled with meat, cheese and sometimes other ingredients.

It is then heated on a griddle until the cheesy is melted and the tortilla is crispy.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Quesadillas

In order to make these quesadillas, you need some cooked teriyaki chicken. We have the best easy teriyaki chicken recipe so start there!  Our perfect cheesy quesadilla post also has a few tips for making the best quesadilla that you should read too.

If you are using uncooked tortillas, cook those first. Then put cheese on one of the tortillas and some of the shredded chicken and drizzle with teriyaki sauce. Top the chicken with more cheese and then top with the other tortilla. Place the tortilla back in the skillet to melt the cheese. Flip it once and when the cheese is melted, you are ready to roll!


A photo of teriyaki chicken being cooked in a skillet.


Can You Use Corn Tortillas For Quesadillas?

Flour tortillas are more durable and are most commonly used for quesadillas.

But, both corn and flour tortillas make good quesadillas.

Is Teriyaki Sauce Gluten Free?

The most common source of gluten in teriyaki sauce is from soy sauce. Most soy sauce contains gluten.

But, you can buy gluten free soy sauce to make gluten free teriyaki sauce.

Is Teriyaki Chicken Keto?

No, teriyaki chicken is not keto. There is sugar and honey in our recipe for the teriyaki sauce which are not low carb. If you’re looking for a keto friendly teriyaki sauce recipe, head here.


A photo of a slice of teriyaki chicken quesadilla garnished with minced red onion and chopped fresh cilantro.


Is Teriyaki Chicken Spicy?

Basic teriyaki chicken is not spicy. Teriyaki sauce is sweet and tangy, but not spicy. You can definitely make it spicy if that’s what you are after! I don’t love spicy, so I like to keep it just sweet and tangy.

Can Dogs Eat Teriyaki Chicken?

It is not recommended that dogs eat teriyaki chicken. Many soy sauces contain xylitol which is highly toxic for dogs. If you find a soy sauce that doesn’t contain xylitol, it is still not recommended. It’s just not part of a dog’s normal diet so it can cause digestive problems.

How Long will Teriyaki Chicken Keep?

It will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days if it is stored properly. It should be stored in an airtight container.


A photo of several slices of teriyaki chicken quesadilla garnished with minced red onion and chopped fresh cilantro.


Can You Freeze Teriyaki Chicken?

Yes! It freezes quite well. Let it cool completely and store it in an airtight container. It will be good in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat it, allow it to defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it according to the section below.

How Do You Reheat Teriyaki Chicken?

Chicken can be tricky to reheat sometimes without drying it out. When I reheat teriyaki chicken, I like to add more sauce to it and then heat it up. I usually reheat it in the microwave and make sure it is covered with a microwave safe plastic wrap or plate to keep the moisture in the dish.


A photo of a slice of teriyaki chicken quesadilla garnished with minced red onion and chopped fresh cilantro.


What Goes with Teriyaki Chicken?

These teriyaki chicken quesadillas can be a meal by themselves! They are hearty and filling! If you want to make a more complete meal, go with a side of ham fried rice and some sauteed sugar snap peas!


I might have had teriyaki chicken quesadillas for an after school snack as a kid, but now I make it as a dinner for my whole family!



More TERIYAKI Recipes:


Teriyaki Chicken Quesadilla

Don't knock it until you try it. There's something so delicious about teriyaki chicken stuffed in a gooey, cheesy quesadilla. Plus the kids love it, Win!! ohsweetbasil.com
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Teriyaki Chicken Quesadilla

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time32 mins
Total Time34 mins
Course: 50 + Best Easy Asian Recipes
Keyword: asian, chicken, mexican, quesadilla, teriyaki
Servings: 2 large quesadillas - 2 servings
Calories: 1754kcal
Author: Sweet Basil



  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the chicken and teriyaki sauce in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and shred the chicken.
  • Reserve a little sauce for the quesadilla.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook both sides of the tortilla.
  • Set aside.
  • Sprinkle a little cheese over the tortilla, add the chicken and drizzle a little sauce over the top.
  • Sprinkle a little more cheese so the sauce doesn't saturate the tortilla, add another tortilla on top and place on the pan, flipping once until the cheese is melted.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1754kcal | Carbohydrates: 83.6g | Protein: 109.1g | Cholesterol: 377.5mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 66.9g
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A photo of a slice of teriyaki chicken quesadilla garnished with minced red onion and chopped fresh cilantro.



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34 comments on “Teriyaki Chicken Quesadilla”

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  2. Do you think the teriyaki chicken could me made in a crockpot?

  3. Woooow dis is incredible cheessssssssssy & drooling share glad to stop by ur amazing blog

  4. Wow, killer recipe, especially the Terikayi sauce! I’ll use that on all kinds of things. I quick-fried some onions slices in the left over sauce and stacked them on top of the quesadillas with guacamole on the side, this was a big hit.

  5. I assume you meant to add to the recipe to place another tortilla on top, before cooking and flipping! Sounds yummy.

  6. Wow! Never thought of using teriyaki sauce in a quesadilla – I’ll definitely have to try it out, thank you 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness this looks amazing!!! My mouth is watering just looking at it. This is my kind of deadly thing that I’d love to cook up. Thank you for sharing this, I think this is what my taste buds need right now 🙂

  8. I just love the variation and variety! Look’s delish!

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  11. Hi! I love your blog and your recipes! I’m trying to get out of my boring meals and try some new things and I love these. Thanks!

  12. What a great way to use leftover teriyaki chicken! This looks perfectly ooey gooey!

  13. I love this easy, cheesy Asian twist on traditional quesadillas! So mouthwatering!

  14. I love quesadillas. They are so yummy and always a crowd pleaser.

  15. Well that will always be a fun story to tell! Love the recipe, I am always trying to add something new to my quesadillas

  16. That is some real life excitement! Congrats to your friends and now I’m craving teriyaki chicken!

  17. Oh my gosh, that story! It’s like a movie! And these quesadillas? Yum, so cheesy!

  18. Love the idea of using teriyaki chicken in a quesadilla!

  19. this quesadilla looks amazing! I love the stringy melted cheese!