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Easy Air Fryer Chicken and Cheese Taco Quesadillas

Easy Air Fryer Chicken and Cheese Taco Quesadillas is a quick, kid-friendly recipe. This post outlines how long to cook cheese quesadillas in the air fryer. This Mexican appetizer is loaded with rotisserie chicken, chili powder, cumin, and gooey cheese.
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer cheese quesadilla, air fryer chicken quesadilla, kid friendly air fryer recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 317kcal


  • 4 soft tortilla shells I used the soft taco size
  • 8-10 ounces of cooked shredded, or cubed chicken
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese I used ½ cup sharp cheddar and ½ cup mozzarella
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes


  • I purchased a rotisserie chicken from Costco. Their chicken comes seasoned and is free of hormones and steroids. I shredded portions of the breast and legs.
  • Season the chicken with the chili powder and cumin. If you aren’t using cooked rotisserie you will have to season the chicken with salt and pepper as well.
  • Line the air fryer with a tortilla shell. I didn’t have to use any oil in the basket and the quesadilla did not stick to the basket. (Note: I have tested this recipe using an air fryer parchment paper liner and find it works best to go without the liner. The liner made it harder to flip the quesadilla)
  • Add ½ cup of cheese to the tortilla. (If you are using multiple types of cheese, be sure to mix them.)
  • I added the remaining ingredients in the following order: Onion, tomatoes, and then the chicken.
  • Top with 1 additional tortilla.
  • Cook for 3 minutes on 370 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the quesadilla. I found the easiest way to do this, was to use a spatula and remove the quesadilla and place it on a plate. I flipped it on the plate and added it back to the air fryer.
  • Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Use your judgment. You want to cook it long enough so that the cheese melts. For crunchy quesadillas, cook them longer.
  • Remove the quesadilla from the air fryer. Slice and serve.


I have multiple air fryers and cooked both quesadillas at the same time using 2 air fryers.
Because, I have multiple units I found different results with each. With the Power Air Fryer, I did not need an anchor for the top tortilla shell. With my Black + Decker, the top tortilla did fly around inside the air fryer, which is not safe. Use a layer pan  to hold it in place.


Calories: 317kcal