These harissa chicken quesadillas are a great way to use up leftover roast chicken. They are quick and easy to make and delicious for an easy lunch or simple dinner.
Harissa is such a versatile spice paste and there are so many ways to use it. I use it almost every week in some form or another. It's great with chiken, with vegetables and halloumi.
These chicken quesadillas have become a recipe that I make very often as they are so simple to make and don't need many ingredients. For me they are a great leftovers plus store cupboard recipe. I always have some wraps at home and I always have harissa and cheese too.
Ingredient notes for harissa chicken quesadillas
Do check out the recipe card further down the post for quantities. Basically you'll need:
- Tortillas - I use flour tortillas. If they are frozen I just defrost them in the microwave or put them in the hot frying pan for a minute before adding the fillings.
- Chicken - I love to make these whenever I have leftover roast chicken. However, you could use any leftover roast meat. Pork or beef would also be delicous too.
- Harissa - I always have a jar of harissa on the go in the fridge. My go-to one is rose harissa but you can use any harissa.
- Roasted vegetables - I often roast peppers, courgette and aubergine in the air fryer for this meal. You can also stir fry them. Be flexible about what vegetables you add. After all, this is an easy meal to make with leftovers so when I make it I do whatever is easiest as far as the veggies are concerned.
- Onion - Sometimes I cook the onion with the veggies and sometimes I add some thinly sliced raw red onion. You can miss it out if it's not your thing or use spring onions.
- Cheese - You can use whatever melty cheese you like. I usually use Cheddar or Red Leicester.
How to make chicken and harissa quesadillas
Again, do check out the recipe card further down for more details.
Put a tortilla in a large dry frying pan. Sprinkle a little cheese on one half of the tortilla first as this will help to stick the quesadilla together. Then add the roasted chicken and vegetables. Top with lots more cheese. Spread the harissa on the side of the tortilla with no fillings and then fold it over the top.
Cook for about 2 minutes on each side over a medium heat. Cut into triangles to serve.
What can you serve with it?
If you want you can serve extra harissa or mayonnaise with the quesadilla to dip it in while eating. Guacomole is lovely with it too. Or why not make this chipotle lime mayo but substitute the chipotle for harissa?
I also like to make a simple side salad to go with it, often just lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber, nothing special as the quesadilla really is the star of the meal. I just like a few extra veggies with cheesy meals!
How can you adapt the recipe?
There are all kinds of ways you adapt this harissa chicken quesadilla. You can substitute the chicken with another meat or even miss it out altogether for a cheesy harissa and roasted (or air fried) vegetable quesadilla!
You can add a few extra ingredients to the filling too. Why not add a few jalapenos? Or sliced tomatoes?
What can you do with leftover quesadillas?
The leftover quesadillas can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours. I like to reheat them in the air fryer but you could also use the oven. You can just pop them in the frying pan again.
Harissa Chicken Quesadillas
- Frying Pan
- 2 Tortilla wraps
- 4 teaspoon harissa paste
- 200 g roast chicken
- 100 g cheese I use Cheddar or Red Leicester
- 100 g roasted vegetables I used peppers and courgette
- ½ red onion You can roast it or add raw slices, depending on your preferences
- Place a tortilla in a dry frying pan, spread half of it with harissa paste.
- On the other half, layer the cheese, chicken, peppers and red onion. I like to put a little cheese on first then all the other ingredients and then more cheese on top as I think the cheese helps the other ingredients to stick in the quesadilla and not fall out when you flip it over.
- Fold the other half of the tortilla over the top and cook over a medium heat for about 2 minutes. Then flip over and cook for another 2 minutes.
More harissa recipes
I love using harissa in my recipes. If you're as big a fan of it as I am then do check out these harissa recipes:
- Harissa chicken salad
- Carrot salad with harissa dressing
- Spicy margherita pizza
- Harissa marinated lamb salad
And my easy spicy midweek meals post!
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