Chicken and Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

Sometimes, coming up with “guy food” is hard.

There are some nights that I would be fine to just have a salad or little snack plate, call it dinner, and be done. No turning the oven on. No pots and pans to clean. Easy.

But that usually doesn’t go over well with the other half of the house. Dinner needs to be bigger. More food. And have some kind of meat, most of the time, to keep him full for longer than 10 minutes.

So in the middle of my stand-in-front-of-the-fridge-and-try-to-figure-something-out-for-dinner routine the other night….I had the best idea.

You know when you have those food ideas and think “why didn’t I think of this before?” and “This is genius!” That’s what happened with these.

Pizza quesadillas.

Grilled chicken, parmesan, mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, and pepperoni, all melted and tucked into a crispy tortilla.

He was happy. I was happy. These are crazy easy to make and take minutes to put together – plus, Bonus!, you can make it however you want and don’t have to share with anyone.

Chicken and Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

Makes: 2 quesadillas


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cooked chicken breast, sliced thin
  • 3-4 roasted tomatoes OR rehydrated sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 12 slices pepperoni


  1. Put a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp of olive oil.
  2. Once the oil is warmed, about 2 minutes, add one tortilla to the pan and top the tortilla with 1/2 cup of parmesan and 1/2 cup of mozzarella.
  3. Scatter half of the chicken, tomatoes, and pepperoni onto one half of the tortilla.
  4. When the cheese has started to melt on the tortilla, fold it in half, covering your fillings, and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip the quesadilla over and crisp up the tortilla on the other side, cooking for another 2-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from the pan, slice and serve. Repeat with the second tortilla.


  1. Deliciously genius creation – love the pizza/quesadilla fusion.

  2. That last photo is killing me!! SO YUMMY.

  3. I have a knack for “dude food”. But then again, my guy friends call me a “frat boy in heels”, so that might be part of it…

  4. This really is excellent man food, though I’d love it too!

  5. Such a good idea!!! Love me some pepperoni. ;)

  6. Quesadillas are one of my favorite ways to use up leftovers. Anything melted between two crisp tortillas is a guaranteed good time.

    • dang it. i was going for three. guess i’ll have to make something even better. maybe with PP’s face on it?

  7. That’s so funny because the SECOND I saw this on Instagram I was like “I need to save this idea to make for my boyfriend” – haha. It is such “guy” food. Though I’d be lying to say I wouldn’t be able to dig into it myself!

  8. I’ve made these before!

    It was in my “let’s see what all I can put into a quesadilla” phase. And they are so good- one of the few creations I did more than once… :)

  9. These would make the perfect kid friendly dinner. Oh in my case, “husband friendly” ;)

  10. This is way better than what I had for lunch.

  11. My husband, the quesadilla king, would adore this. Can’t wait to share it with him!

  12. Brilliant- I’m so making these this weekend! I made the mistake of getting a giant bag of pepperoni from Sam’s Club about a week ago and have been at a loss for what to do with all of it. This is so much easier than having to make pizza from scratch!

  13. PIZZA…quesadilla?! That *is* a genius idea! I’ve been on such a quesadilla kick lately!

  14. ooo i saw a similar one on pinterest and i totally pinned that….and now you made an even tastier version!! looks so good! i love all that cheese just oozing out of dude food!

  15. Pizza quesadillas?! This is genius! My kitchen has way too much chick food for my husband’s liking…he’d be all about these!

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  17. I’m making these for Chris for dinner (without the chicken and w/veggie pepperoni). He asked for deep dish pizza. That takes about 3 hours. This takes about 3 minutes. Bless you.

    • You’re welcome :) that’s the main reason I made these in the first place. SO much faster than making real pizza. And time matters now that we’re swimming in green beans….

  18. CHEEEEESE!!! yum, looks so good!

  19. Made it! Delicious!

  20. I saw you on the Dr Oz show! My husband is gluten sensitive, I thought that your recipes were gluten free.In some of your recipes you use flour tortillas or whole grain pasta?

    • Hi Betty! I don’t cook exclusively gluten free. The recipes on the show were gluten free, and I do cook GF quite often, but my blog is a mix of GF recipes and non-GF recipes. You could definitely make this GF by using a brown rice tortilla! It would be an easy swap.

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