Brent Draper’s chicken and sweet potato quesadillas

If you’re after a tasty lunch idea for the kids, have a go at Brent Draper’s Mexican-inspired quesadillas. They’re loaded with spiced sweet potato, gooey cheese and shredded chicken - what a combo!





  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled, cut into 5mm-thick slices
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 Coles Wholemeal Wraps
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) Coles Australian Pizza Blend Shredded Cheese
  • 350g shredded chicken
  • 240g jar Coles Mexican Sauce Mild



Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the sweet potato in a bowl with oil, cumin, paprika and coriander. Season. Toss until well combined. Arrange the sweet potato in a single layer on the lined tray. Bake for 20 mins or until golden brown.


Place 1 wrap on a clean work surface. Top with one-quarter of the cheese, chicken, and sweet potato and drizzle with some of the Mexican sauce.


Heat a large greased frying pan over low heat. Arrange the topped wrap in the pan and cook for 3-4 mins or until the cheese begins to melt. Carefully fold in half and use a spatula to press down on the wrap to hold its shape. (Alternatively, cook the quesadillas in a sandwich press, folded, for 3-4 mins or until cheese melts.) Repeat with the remaining wraps, cheese, chicken, sweet potato and Mexican sauce to make 4 quesadillas. Cut the quesadillas in half to serve.


● Cook the sweet potato up to 3 days ahead. Cover and store in the fridge, so when it comes to lunch time you’re all prepped and ready to go!

● Instead of buying shredded chicken from the deli, you can buy a whole roast chicken and shred it yourself. Save the legs and wings for snacks for the kids, and place the shredded chicken in a container in the fridge to use for the quesadilla.

● This dish is super quick and easy to make, and one that you can get the kids involved with. Place all the ingredients in separate bowls and let the kids layer their own quesadillas. Plus, it’s super versatile – add whatever ingredients you like, such as spinach, black beans, sour cream or avocado.

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