Chicken, chilli and cheese quesadillas

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy

For the quesadillas

12 corn tortillas, preferably white
175g Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Colby cheese, thinly sliced
1 tbsp chopped pickled jalapenos
85g shredded cooked chicken
60g unsalted butter

For the salsa and topping

450g vine-ripened tomatoes (about 2 tomatoes)
1/4 small red onion
2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander
Hot sauce such as chipotle or Mexican green chili sauce to taste (about 0.5 tsp)
1 avocado, halved, seeded and sliced
1) Lay six of the tortillas on the work surface, and divide the cheese, jalapenos and chicken among the tortillas (it's best to leave a border about 2cm wide uncovered on the edge of the tortilla to allow for the spread of the melting cheese). Top with the remaining tortillas and press gently to seal.

2) Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a small frying pan or skillet. Carefully place a quesadilla in the pan and fry, turning once, until golden and little bubbles appear on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes in all. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas, wiping out the pan between batches if the butter burns.

3) While the quesadillas cook make the salsa. Halve the tomatoes and grate them on the largest holes of a box grater into a bowl, discarding the skins. Grate the onion into the tomato and stir in the coriander, hot sauce and salt, to taste.

4) Cut quesadillas into four wedges with a pizza wheel or knife and serve with the salsa and slices of avocado.

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