Chicken quesadillas: cook from scratch or enjoy with leftover chicken

The beauty of chicken quesadillas is that they can be cooked from scratch, or enjoyed with leftover roast chicken, for a quick and easy weeknight meal

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Chicken quesadillas are quickly becoming one of our go-to weeknight dinners. And particularly on Monday nights when they can be prepared with leftover roast chicken from the day before. That said, you could also cook them from scratch if you're looking for an easy meal idea, mid-week.

Not only are these quesadillas delicious, but you can also prepare it in just 15 minutes. Alternatively, pop them in a lunch box for a super tasty lunchtime treat. A step up from the humble sandwich, the combination of salsa, kidney beans and coriander will lift the taste of your leftovers and prevent second day chicken getting too dry.

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Chicken quesadillas 

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  • Leftover chicken
  • Tortilla wraps, two per person
  • Kidney beans, drained and mashed with a fork
  • Tomato salsa or freshly chopped tomatoes
  • Mature cheddar cheese
  • Spring onion
  • Coriander, chopped
  • Optional: smashed avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream, for serving 


1. Place your tortilla on a plate and top with salsa, kidney beans, chicken, cheese, spring onions, coriander and avocado. Make sure to leave a small gap between the the ingredients and the edge of your tortilla.

2. Place your second tortilla on top of the ingredients, lightly brushing with olive oil.

3. Place your quesadilla, oil side down, in a large pan on a medium heat. Cook for around 5 minutes. 

4. Carefully flip your quesadilla and cook for another 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Cut into quarters and serve with a side of sour cream.

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