Spicy Chicken Quesadillas

These easy chicken quesadillas are sure to become your next favourite weeknight meal. Have them on the table in just 20 minutes!

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Little cheesy thing. Three words which, when muttered from a girl’s mouth, will crush any guy’s ego. However, it is also the literal Spanish translation for a quesadilla (pronounced kay-sar-dee-ah) – a panini-style Tex-Mex dish. Makes great party finger food, hot or cold. Just don’t let it slip that the dish’s name really means ‘shrivelled Wotsit’ in Spanish. This recipe has become a SORTED staple. It makes regular appearances during our live food demonstrations, and every time we share the recipe people are stunned at how quick, simple, versatile and tasty they are. They usually contain a mixture of chicken, cheese and chilli, but we think that anything that works on a pizza will be great in a quesadilla. Just pick your ideal pizza topping from the takeaway menu and rustle up your own version for a fraction of the price. Don’t get left behind …try one yourself!

Cook time: 20 h


½ chicken breast
Cajun spice mix
Shot of olive oil
½ red onion, peeled
½ red pepper
½ red chilli
1 handful of coriander
2 tortillas
Chunk of Cheddar cheese, grated


SLICE chicken as thinly as possible.

SPICE chicken with Cajun spice mix, rubbing into the meat.

SIZZLE marinated chicken in a hot oiled pan to cook through.

CUT onion, pepper and chilli into thin strips.

MIX everything together and sprinkle with coriander.

LAY out a tortilla and sprinkle with a handful of grated cheddar.

SCATTER your chicken filling over and finish with more cheese.

WHACK another tortilla on top and fry in a medium pan with a spot of oil, turning once, until crisp.

QUARTER into portions and serve with your preferred dip.

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