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How to Grill Quesadillas

Grilled Chicken and Green Olives Quesadillas

Have you ever grilled Quesadillas? They are so easy and delicious and fast! There are so many different ingredients you can use, but these 4 are our favorites: burrito-sized flour tortillas, canned chicken, green olives, and a mixture of mozzarella and provolone cheese.

Here's our step by step method my husband, Steve, and I use. He was a BIG help with this recipe! There was no way I could take the photos AND do the steps at the same time.

There will be a link to print this recipe at the bottom of this post, or you can copy and paste the below recipe into a Word document and print.

Happy Grilling!

I start out with two dinner plates. This recipe makes two double layer quesadillas. Take a tortilla and spray it with cooking spray like Pam. Place the sprayed side down on the dinner plate.

This may sound strange, but I don't always measure everything, so when it came to the olives, I counted how many I used and it came out to about 24 sliced olives per layer. I buy my green olives whole and in bulk. We love green olives. So I figured you would need 48 whole olives sliced in half or if you buy sliced olives place about 20 - 24 sliced olives on each layer. Are you still with me? It's an olive thing...

To make this easy, I buy canned chicken to use for just this reason: quick and easy. I used a 10 ounce can of canned chicken. I emptied the chicken into a bowl and shredded it. Use 1/4 of the shredded chicken for the next layer.

I buy a mixture of mozzarella and provolone cheese in bulk also. I get it from Gordon Foods Service (GFS). If you don't have a GFS near you (more of a Great Lakes thing, but also in Florida I believe), use whatever cheese you like or mix your own mozzarella and provolone. I just feel this mix of cheese goes well with the green olives. I learned not to sprinkle the cheese all the way to the edges. As the cheese melts, it will work its way to the edges.

Top with a tortilla.

Now we'll rinse and repeat. Well, not rinse, just repeat. Add another layer of the 20 - 24 sliced green olives.

Another layer of 1/4 cup shredded chicken. Remember we are building two quesadillas here. I'm only showing you one.

Another layer of the cheese. Oh, I didn't mention how much. I use a 1/2 cup per layer so you'll need two cups shredded cheese in all.

 I was all wrapped up in the olives.

Top with remaining tortillas. (You'll use 6 tortillas in all.) Spray the top of the tortilla with cooking spray. Make it shine...

A quick peek at them yummy layers.

This is a very handy dandy tool to use when making quesadillas..

Here are the two completed quesadillas and an extra clean dinner plate. You could use the two dinner plates for the grilling procedure, but I use a clean one because the plates the quesadillas are on may be just a bit slippery due to the cooking spray. Stay with'll see what I'm getting at shortly.

Carefully slide your two quesadillas onto a preheated low to medium heated grill. You don't want to burn the tortillas, just melt the cheese and heat everything up and crisp the tortillas up a bit.

Oooo...things are melting. As they cook, they lay down nice and perfect.

After about 5 - 7 minutes, the edges should start turning brown. 

Check to see if the underneath is slightly browned, and if it is, take your big spatula...

... and carefully slide the quesadilla onto a dinner plate.

Cover with the clean dinner plate...

....hang on tight and flip the quesadilla over.

Remove the top plate.


Slide the quesadilla back onto the grill.

Repeat the process for quesadilla number 2.

Don't they look yummy?

One more peek...

Remove the quesadillas from the grill and put them back on your dinner plates.

Cut each quesadilla into 8 sections with a pizza cutter.

Oh my. Dig in. We don't usually use yummy condiments such as salsa, sour creme, or guacamole because they are just so tasty all on their own, but feel free to add whatever tickles your fancy

Grilled Chicken and Green Olives Quesadillas

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. Level: easy Serves: 4

Only 4 ingredients for a quick and easy meal.


  • 6 whole Burrito-sized Flour Tortillas
  • 48 whole Green Olives, Sliced In Half
  • 10 ounces, weight Canned Chicken, Shredded And Divided
  • 2 cups Provolone And Mozzarella Shredded Cheese, Mixed & Divided


Heat grill to medium low heat.
Assemble 2 quesadillas on two separate dinner plates as follows:
1. Take one tortilla and spray with cooking spray. Place sprayed side down on plate. Take another tortilla, spray one side and place sprayed side down on the other dinner plate.
2. Top each tortilla with 20 – 24 sliced green olives spaced accordingly.
3. Sprinkle 1/4 of the shredded chicken over olive layer. Do the same with the second tortilla.
4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese over the chicken concentrating on the middle of the tortilla. You don’t have to go all the way to the edges. The cheese will spread as it melts. Do the same with the second tortilla.
5. Cover these first three layers with a tortilla.
6. Repeat the above layers: 20 – 24 olives, 1/4 of the shredded chicken, 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
7. Take another tortilla, spray with cooking spray, and place on tortilla, sprayed side up.

Take the two dinner plates with quesadillas and one extra empty clean plate to the grill, as well as a large grill spatula. The clean plate is used later for flipping the quesadillas. Carefully slide quesadillas onto grill. Grill over low – medium heat for 5 – 7 minutes or until the edges start to brown and the underneath is lightly browned. With the spatula, carefully slide one quesadilla to its original plate. Cover with the extra clean plate, hold tight, and flip the plate over. Remove the top plate and set aside. Slide quesadilla onto grill and grill another 5 minutes or until bottom is slightly brown. Do the same procedure with the second quesadilla.

Slice each quesadilla with a pizza cutter into eight equal pieces. There will be 16 pieces total.

Optional: Serve with salsa and sour creme  or guacamole if desired.

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