Salsa chicken & cheese tortillas

Chicken quesadillas

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins


Serves 2

Frugal cooking, but packed with flavour - use up leftovers from roast chicken with these easy Mexican-style snacks

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

    sp-ring un-yun

    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)



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 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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9th Sep, 2009
Really good way to use up leftover chicken, but I always have trouble turning them over, the filling falls out.
17th Aug, 2009
Another low fat option is to fry them in a non-stick pan. As long as you keep an eye on them, they'll brown nicely and lose the oiliness.
11th Aug, 2009
These were super. Packed full of flavour. Went down well with normally fussy teenager.
7th Jun, 2009
I tried this but put low fat mayo on bottom tortilla and salsa on the top one and it was delicious served with a salad, the family loved it and it is so versatile.
29th Mar, 2009
Great meal. I did not have left over chicken, so I fried a chicken breast and chopped it up. My hubby came up in the elevator and thought someone ordered a great smelling pizza. He was very happy to find out that the smells were coming from our kitchen. I made it in the oven instead of in a pan to reduce the fat content.
8th Mar, 2009
this was a great mid-week meal, the children loved them making a change from the normal traditional dinner, they even managed to fill my son which is most unusual, only problem i have to use to pans as i do not eat cheese so mine were replaced with mayo, still delicious.
3rd Mar, 2009
Great way to use up left over chicken. delicious & easy to do.


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