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.

31 Responses to “Chicken and Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas”

  1. #
    Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) — June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Deliciously genius creation – love the pizza/quesadilla fusion.

    • admin replied: — June 28th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      thanks, liz :)

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    Lauren — June 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    That last photo is killing me!! SO YUMMY.

    • admin replied: — June 28th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      i know. i’m seriously thinking of heating the leftovers up for breakfast.

  3. #
    Devon — June 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    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…

    • admin replied: — June 28th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      ha! love that.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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

  5. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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

  6. #
    Jessica — June 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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

  7. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I just fainted twice.

    • admin replied: — June 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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

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    Cait's Plate — June 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    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!

    • admin replied: — June 28th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      right? total guy food. and great football watching food, too.

  9. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — June 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    looooove this!

  10. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — June 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    This looks amazingggggg

  11. #
    Amy B @ Second City Randomness — June 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    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… :)

  12. #
    Lauren — June 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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

  13. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This is way better than what I had for lunch.

  14. #
    Cassie — June 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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

  15. #
    Cate — June 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    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!

  16. #
    Erika - The Teenage Taste — June 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

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

  17. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Wee I love pizzadillas!!!

  18. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 29, 2012 at 12:50 am

    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!

  19. #
    Baking Serendipity — June 29, 2012 at 2:20 am

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

  20. #
    Sarah — June 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    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.

    • admin replied: — July 2nd, 2012 at 1:44 am

      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….

  21. #
    janetha [meals & moves] — July 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    CHEEEEESE!!! yum, looks so good!

  22. #
    Shiloh — July 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Made it! Delicious!

  23. #
    Betty — September 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

    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?

    • admin replied: — September 29th, 2012 at 2:57 am

      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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