On the Job: Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Easy Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas with Yogurt Sauce | Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipe

I’ve had a long tortured history with these buffalo chicken quesadillas. It’s not their fault. But like the tastiest of food lovers, they’ve caused me to experience some high highs and low lows.

My affair with healthy buffalo chicken themed sandwiches began around this time last year during a downpour of recipe development for Food & Wine. I used the hot sauce spiked chicken salad as part of a wrap, with carrots, celery, red onion and romaine as the additional filling. Instead of sour cream and buttermilk, I used Greek yogurt for the blue cheese dressing. It was a beautiful thing in conception. But the only catch was I couldn’t eat it.

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Sadly, I still haven’t found a gluten-free wrap that I love. (If anyone has suggestions, please let me know in the comments!!). And for the sake of the picture, I didn’t want to use something that looked as dry and stiff as cardboard. So I wrapped up the premade sandwiches and took them with me to my friend Kate’s share house in the Hamptons, and they were subsequently consumed somewhere along 495 in bumper to bumper traffic by some very grateful boys.

I didn’t mind missing out too much, since at the time I had so many dishes in the works that my fridge was an overflowing refuge camp for leftovers. But I did want to eventually try the combination. After all, buffalo chicken wings are another dish I can’t eat now that I’m gluten-free, and that’s been hard enough.

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So now that a year’s passed and I’m through dilly dallying with other chicks (in sandwich form), I decided to revisit my healthy buffalo chicken in the more hospitable vehicle of a corn tortilla. It’s a pretty hot ride, but sometimes if they’re too dry, corn tortillas can break when folded in half as a quesadilla. I picked up the most pliable ones I could find at Whole Foods by the brand Maria and Ricardo’s. I couldn’t believe how well they worked—almost too good to be true.

Spoiler alert: they were.

When I went online to link to the brand in my recipe, I couldn’t find a listing anywhere for corn tortillas, just corn and wheat tortillas. I quickly realized what I had done (eaten a whole flour tortilla), and that I had, like a fatty, done it three times. High highs, low lows.

Like anyone who’s on the bottom end of an emotional roller coaster, with a stomach ache to match, I became irrationally angry at Maria and Ricardo for not writing anywhere on the front of their product that there was flour involved. I usually check packaging for most products. But corn tortillas are such a straight forward purchase that I never look at the ingredient list.

Luckily I had the opportunity to remake these buffalo chicken quesadillas for a shoot with Healthination using actual corn tortillas. And I ate the shit out of them. Be prepared to fall in love with this quesadilla. Just make sure to wrap it up properly, using the right materials.

Eat up!


Recipes Easy Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas with Yogurt Sauce | Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipe

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

These easy grilled buffalo chicken quesadillas are a healthy, gluten-free take on the classic bar snack. They make for the perfect summer appetizer recipe.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons melted extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce, preferably Frank's Red Hot
  • 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced celery
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 6 taco-sized corn, brown rice or whole wheat tortillas


  1. Fire up an indoor grill pan or charcoal grill.
  2. Place the chicken breasts on a work surface. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat, for 4 minutes on each side, rotating 90 degrees halfway through cooking to get a nice crosshatch. Allow the chicken to rest until cool enough to touch. Finely chop the chicken and add to a mixing bowl along with the coconut oil and hot sauce. Toss to combine and taste for seasoning.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and ½ teaspoon sea salt. Whisk until smooth.
  4. To assemble the quesadillas, arrange the tortillas on a clean work surface. Slather one side of each with a scant tablespoon of the yogurt sauce. Arrange a thin layer of the chicken mixture on one half of the tortillas. Top with the onions and cheese. Fold the tortillas in half.
  5. Grill the tortillas until crispy and charred, about 2 minutes per side, rotating 90 degrees halfway through to get a nice crosshatch. Cut in half and serve alongside the remaining yogurt sauce.


If you use larger burrito-sized tortillas, you will probably only have enough filling for 4. Try not to over-stuff the quesadillas too much or you'll lose the filling to the grill.

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20 Responses to On the Job: Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

  1. JoAnn says:

    Did you get the stomach ache before or after you found out there was wheat in the “corn” tortillas?

    The reason I ask is that my sister had something similar happen to her (she is gluten free too) and never had a reaction. She decided that ignorance was bliss and that maybe some of her reactions are in her head.

    • Thanks for asking JoAnn! For the first few years I went off, my reactions used to be pretty hard to pin down. They tended to hit me a few days later and then mess up my digestion for weeks. Because of this, I had a hard time not falling off the wagon since there wasn’t the immediate negative reinforcement. But now I understand the long term effects of having so many inflammatory reactions, especially as it pertains to my autoimmune disease. Now that I’m much more careful, I can feel right away that something is off. In the case of the tortillas, I thought that it was just the cheese, since I don’t eat much of that either anymore. But then I knew the culprit!

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  3. I am glad you got to eat the shit out of these! They look great! I too find when buff chick is good it is soooo good and when it is bad it is sooooo bad.

  4. Frankie says:

    Shame on Maria and Ricardo’s! I too assume that when it says corn tortillas, that’s what it means. Not anymore – I’m going to start reading the ingredients. I wish they were easier to make from scratch. Now can you find a cheese substitute? I’m allergic to that, too.

    • you know, i’ve never tried the soy stuff – or at least haven’t in years. but i’m sure it’s come a long way. my local vegan place makes a great quesadilla. blossom. you should try it!

  5. Carol K. says:

    My latest GF wrap taste test has been with Toufayan. They’re slightly larger than several others I’ve tried – 9 1/2″ across – and are more pliable making them easier to handle and to wrap. However the ingredients include soy and egg should either or both of those items be problematic for you. For corn tortillas I prefer Mission brand. They’re soft and flexible, are made with either white or yellow corn and I prefer their flavor. Mission’s GF tortilla chips are also my go-to for nachos or dipping.

    Will you post if you find a GF wrap that you’re pleased with? Your recipes have been a god send for me and I really enjoy your dry wit.

    • Amazing to know Carol. Thank you! I’ve seen the Toufayan and it looked great. I do try to avoid soy though. The place I mentioned in my comment below, Blossom in NYC, does have a great rice wrap. I’ll have to ask if they make it in house or if there is a brand they recommend. Will keep you posted. I’m so thrilled you’ve liked the recipes. xo

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