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Delicious BBQ Chicken Corn Quesadillas are made on whole wheat tortillas and are the perfect combo of sweet & spicy.

BBQ Chicken Corn Quesadillas
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When the producers of ABC’s Good Morning America contacted me to be part of their Farmers’ Market Flip Segment, I was ecstatic! 

BBQ Chicken Corn Quesadillas

The night before I was so excited and anxious that I barely got any sleep. The show airs at 7 AM, so I had to be out the door by 4:30 AM. I felt so special when a Black SUV picked me up and the driver said, “I’m here from ABC for Nisha!”

Nisha - Good Morning America

Once I arrived at ABC Studios in Times Square, I went through security and finally made it up to the Good Morning America Green Room. One of the perks of being on TV is getting your hair and makeup done by a highly skilled professional. I was extremely happy with the outcome! I also met my competitor of the cook-off Tayo who is based out of LA and has his own blog.

BBQ Chicken & Corn Quesadillas

At 5:45 AM, the producer came around and rehearsed what we were going to say and do. It was fun for me to see all the moving pieces that go into making a show successful, especially one that is LIVE. Everyone on the set was super friendly – Michael Strahan, Jesse Palmer (who was once a BACHELOR), and Lara Spencer. I don’t think I’ve been in a room where I’ve seen so much energy. It’s great to see people this happy and lively so early in the morning!

BBQ Chicken & Corn Quesadillas

For this particular Farmers’ Market segment, the secret ingredient was corn. I decided to whip up a dish that would please everyone’s palette and opted for BBQ Chicken Corn Quesadillas. In case you missed the clip, here it is on ABC!

BBQ Chicken & Corn Quesadillas

I prepared my quesadillas with caramelized onions, chicken, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese on whole wheat tortillas.

BBQ Chicken & Corn Quesadillas

These BBQ Chicken Corn Quesadillas are sweet, savory and have a slight kick. As Lara Spencer said on the show when she first tasted them, “I love the quesadilla.“  The grilled corn and caramelized onions add so much flavor to this dish.

BBQ Chicken & Corn Quesadillas

Garnish with cilantro, pico de gallo, salsa, or sour cream, but you must have avocado. Avocado makes everything better! A BIG THANK YOU TO THE PRODUCERS OF ABC & GOOD MORNING AMERICA! You guys made my day! The experience was surreal and one that I will never forget! Thank you!!!

5 from 1 vote
By: Nisha
Delicious BBQ Chicken Corn Quesadillas are made on whole wheat tortillas and the perfect combo of sweet & spicy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Quesadillas


for the corn

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 frozen corn, grilled

for the chicken quesadillas

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper, use 1/2 tsp for less heat
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce & Marinade, or your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • very little salt, little salt since tthe bbq sauce and cheese have salt
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated, I love sharp cheddar
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  • Run the frozen corn under cold water and dry.
  • Heat up a cast-iron skillet on medium heat, once hot, add a teaspoon of oil. Add the corn. Cook for 7 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • In the meantime, slice the onion. Set aside.
  • Then cut the chicken breast into small cubes.
  • Once the corn is done, this is what you will have. Love those grill marks. Remove the corn from the skillet.
  • In the same skillet, add a tablespoon of oil. Add the onion. Cook for 5-6 minutes until caramelized.
  • In the meantime, grate the cheddar cheese.
  • Once the onions are done, this is what you should have.
  • Move the onions to the side of the skillet and add the cubed chicken breast. Also add crushed pepper flakes. Stir and cook the chicken for about 6 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  • This is what you should have.
  • Now add the BBQ sauce to the chicken.
  • Also add the corn.
  • Season with black pepper, and VERY LITTLE salt, there is enough salt in the BBQ sauce and cheese. Stir around for 1-2 minutes and turn off the stove.
  • Heat up another cast-iron skillet on low heat (dial #3). Once hot, spray with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add the tortilla to the pan. Cook on one side for about a minute.
  • Flip. Now add the cheese on half the side, top with bbq chicken.
  • And top with some more cheese.
  • Fold the quesadilla over and gently press down with a lid so the quesadilla crisps up.
  • Cook on each side for a few minutes and then flip.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream or avocado! Serve immediately.


* For the Corn: You can use fresh corn and grill it. Then cut off the corn kernels.


Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1042mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 503mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.

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  1. I made it with paneer burji instead of chicken. I didn’t have bbq sauce / avocado. And didn’t exactly follow the recipe. But I got some idea and tried. Didn’t know it is so easy to make Quesadillas! Thanks a lot Nish. I froze some and microwaved it today. It tasted so good!!! ♡ Gonna make a lot and freeze. I am gonna try with Rajma, chickpeas, corn & paneer next time. Easier than making stuffed paratha haha.

    1. So glad to hear that. You’re becoming a chef! Once you get the hang of it, you can be very creative. 🙂

  2. Ahhhh sooo cool!!!! You’re a TV celebrity 🙂 Congrats and AWESOME JOB!!

  3. this is such a neat experience – omg!
    i love the idea of quesadilla with bbq chicken + caramelized onions…

    love the shoe 🙂

    1. It was a great experience D. The quesadillas are delish, the grilled corn was like a forced ingredient since the “secret ingredient” was corn, but it worked out very well. Thanks for your input on my shoes.. I’m obsessed. haha. THanks!! xoxo

  4. WOW these look phenomenal! No wonder they were featured on TV. Can’t wait to try these. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Awww you’re so sweet. Let me know if you try them, they are a real winner. Let me know. Thanks so much!! 🙂

  5. Hi Nisha – what an awesome experience! Congratulations. Such a memorable event, and they did do your hair awesome! Almost as dazzling as your smile. The quesadillas look great too. So delicious and I love the caramelized onions. Such an awesome opportunity and I hope they call you again soon so you can get chauffeured again in that black SUV! 🙂

    1. Thanks Allie. That’s so sweet of you to say. I never had professional makeup done at this level so yeah it was exciting. Haha.. that would be awesome if they did that. The caramelized onions add lots of flavor.. thank you again!!! 🙂