Salsa chicken & cheese tortillas

Chicken quesadillas

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins


Serves 2

These easy, budget-friendly chicken quesadillas make a quick lunch for two or a simple party snack and are a great way to use up leftover roast chicken

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal533
  • fat29g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein27g
  • salt3.18g
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  • 4 tbsp hot salsa from a jar
  • 2 large flour tortillas, seeded or plain



    In Spain, a tortilla is a kind of omelette, with ingredients added - frequently sliced cooked…

  • 215g can kidney bean, drained and roughly mashed
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 1 spring onion, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

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    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 50g leftover roast chicken, shredded (use the last of the meat on the carcass)



    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 85g grated mature cheddar
  • ½ a 20g pack coriander, leaves chopped (optional)
  • oil, for brushing


  1. Spread 2 tbsp salsa onto each tortilla, then evenly top one of them with the beans, spring onion, chicken and cheddar. Scatter with coriander, if you have it. Sandwich with the other tortilla, then brush with oil.

  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan, then cook the tortilla, oil-side down, for 4 mins. Carefully turn over with a palette knife (or by turning it out onto a plate, sliding it back into the pan), then cook for 2 mins on the other side until golden. Serve cut into wedges.

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25th Jan, 2017
Nice way to use up leftover chicken. Annoyed myself that I burnt the oiled side of the tortilla becuase 4 minutes was too long to cook it before turning it over.
21st Jun, 2015
Kindney beans were fantastic in it. Such a rich favour.
12th Jul, 2014
Great recipe. The tortillas go nicely crisp so I didn't find it a problem in flipping them over. Kids loved them because they were 'sort of pizza'. Did them with some Mexican rice and chips and dips. Would give it a 5 if the 'rate this recipe' was working.
26th Mar, 2013
I was looking for a tortilla recipe.
1st Nov, 2011
Perfect supper to use up the leftover roast chicken and was very tasty.
13th Oct, 2011
Tried this recipe today! Very tasty! Only instead of flour tortillas I used Georgian pitta bread - lavash, its looks like tortilla and as tasty. And also I microwaved the bread with the filling instead of cooking in a pan cause I didn't have leftover chicken but cooked it along with the meal.
18th Jun, 2011
Lovely meal, very unusual
7th Mar, 2011
Just made this for my family of fussy eaters and they loved it!! I did leave out the beans though. Made 2. one basic and one with peppers and onions that I had first cooked on the stove. I then cooked the whole thing in a cafe style toaster so it was really quick to cook, Def do this again.
19th Apr, 2010
I would go along with the last comment, and a bit further. I would re-fry the tin of beens. Re-fried beans taste delicious and last in the fridge up to 8 days. Just soften a small onion then add some chopped garlic and chillie flakes. Now add the beans, mash and leave to thicken for a while.
15th Apr, 2010
Apologies Sarah, but this recipe demonstrates why British made Mexican food tastes weird and not quite right. 1. Salsa from a jar: Not fresh enough. As this is time intensive to make from scratch, I suggest buying it fresh. 2. Mature cheddar: Absolutely not. Monterey Jack is the most appropriate, but this is usually hard to find in the UK. A good substitute is a mild Irish cheddar.


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