Garlic chicken quesadillas – my contribution to Voucherbox’s new e-cookbook

Want to save money on your food costs? From selecting frugal recipes when meal-planning for the week ahead, to buying cheaper cuts of meat and shopping at budget supermarkets, being conscious of the amount I spend on food helps me to keep track of spending in general, and save more money.

Recently, I was delighted when money-saving website, Voucherbox chose to include one of my favourite cost-cutting recipes in their new e-cookbook. Published last week, the e-cookbook features budget recipes including starters, condiments, main courses and desserts, compiled by 22 food and lifestyle bloggers.

Each recipe states the preparation time required, number of portions, and cost per portion, so you’ll always know how much to cook, how long it’ll take and how much it’ll set you back.

Despite being low-cost, the titles alone of some of these recipes are enough to make me salivate; slow-cooked ox cheek goulash, shakskuka and soda bread, and goat’s cheese frittata – all proof that you really can eat well for less.

Garlic chicken quesadilla

Garlic chicken quesadillas

Quesadillas have always been one of my favourite cheap meals. They’re so quick and easy to make; you can fill them with just about anything you like, and they’re surprisingly filling. You can find my recipe for garlic chicken quesadillas in the e-cookbook, and it is also available below. Pair it with a starter and a dessert from Voucherbox’s new e-cookbook for a tasty three-course meal that won’t break the bank!

Garlic chicken quesadillas

These garlic chicken quesadillas are so quick, easy and cheap to make. The irresistible combination of melted cheese, mushrooms, garlic, spinach and chicken makes for a piquant taste, and the dish is surprisingly filling too. Use your imagination and experiment with different fillings; ham, cheese, pineapple and sweetcorn works well, while avocado, cheese, chilli, egg and bacon makes for the ideal breakfast/brunch treat.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 tortillas
  • 2 chicken thigh fillets sliced
  • 50 g cheddar cheese grated
  • 100 g mushrooms chopped (any kind you like)
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • large handful fresh baby spinach leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil for frying


  1. Fry the sliced chicken thigh fillets in a little olive oil over a gentle heat, until browned.
  2. Add the chopped mushrooms and garlic and continue to fry for another 5-10 minutes, until softened.
  3. While the mushrooms, garlic and chicken are cooking, cover one half of each tortilla with the grated cheddar cheese.
  4. Add the sliced spinach leaves to the frying pan and cook for a further 1 minute, so the spinach begins to wilt slightly.
  5. Remove the frying pan from the heat, and divide the chicken, mushroom, garlic and spinach mixture between the two tortillas, placing it on top of the grated cheese.
  6. Fold each tortilla in half and place in a hot, dry frying pan for 2 minutes per side, or until the cheese has melted. Carefully press the edges of the tortillas together, allowing the melted cheese to ‘seal’ them.
  7. Remove the tortillas from the pan and turn off the heat. Cut each tortilla in half and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Try dipping these into garlic mayo - it tastes amazing!

What’s your favourite budget recipe? Let me know in the comment box below 🙂



  1. February 14, 2017 / 2:44 am

    Yes please! Just give e chicken and garlic and you’ll be my best friend forever! Your quesadillas looks delish!

  2. February 14, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Yummy! These look great Kacie and so simple to make too. I need to make these this week.

  3. Whatlauraloves
    February 15, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    YUM!! I love quesadillas but only ever have them in a restaurant! They’re a lot easier to make than I thought they would be! Must give them a go xxx

  4. Angela Key Milnes
    February 16, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Looks a yummy recipe and I can’t wait to try this at my Version. Glad that you share this

    • February 19, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  5. February 16, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I love the sound of having avocado, cheese, chilli, egg and bacon for a brunch time treat x

    • February 19, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Sounds nice! Could try putting it in the quesadilla 🙂

  6. February 17, 2017 / 1:33 am

    I absolutely love this recipe, can almost smell the quesadillas.

    • February 19, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Glad you liked it, you should try experimenting with different fillings!

  7. February 19, 2017 / 12:41 am

    This recipe sounds and looks amazing! Well done x

    • February 19, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Thanks, glad you like it!

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