Take-out Tuesday, Turning Leftovers into a Wow Meal!

I am a huge fan of the “cook once, eat twice” philosophy

It’s always nice to have leftovers on hand,

and with chicken there are so many possibilites…

chicken salad, chicken casseroles, chicken soup…

But if you want to change it into something different and exciting

you have to think outside the box a little…

The other night we had Honey Mustard Chicken with Mushrooms

and there was some chicken leftover…

How perfect for making Alice Springs Chicken Quesadillas

or kicked up grilled cheese sandwiches!

Alice Springs Chicken is a very popular dish at Outback Steakhouse

an American restaurant chain

It is a grilled chicken breast topped

with sauteed mushrooms, bacon, cheese and honey mustard

Sounds like a yummy combo so …

I took these ingredients and put them between 2 flour tortillas

and browned the filled tortillas in a skillet

First spread your tortillas with honey mustard

I used Honeycup Mustard, a jarred tangy sweet mustard

it is widely available in grocery stores

or on Amazon here

Next add diced cooked chicken

Top with sauteed mushrooms

Then I added some chopped green onions for flavor and color

Next some crispy bacon pieces

Top with 2 kinds of cheese, I used Sharp Cheddar and Fontina

And finally, drizzle the top generously with honey mustard,

you can make your own

with a combo of mustard, mayonnaise and honey

or use a favorite bottled sauce like

Ken’s Steakhouse Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Now top it with another tortilla

At this point you can wrap them and put them in the refrigerator

for up to 36 hours, if desired

Cook quesadillas in a skillet with a little butter and olive oil,

over medium low-medium heat,

until tortillas are crisp and golden

and filling is heated through

Remove quesadillas to a cutting board to cut and serve

If you don’t have tortillas or don’t like tortillas,

use bread and make this like a grilled cheese sandwich!

Honey Mustard Chicken Quesadillas or Sandwiches with Bacon, Mushrooms, & cheese

Make leftover chicken into a wow meal with honey mustard, bacon, mushrooms and cheese. Tuck it into tortillas or bread and brown in a skillet for quesadillas or fancy grilled cheese sandwiches!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex


  • cooked chicken, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • sliced mushrooms
  • green onions, chopped
  • crispy bacon
  • sharp cheddar
  • Monterey Jack, Fontina, or other white cheese
  • Honeycup Mustard or other tangy mustard
  • Honey Mustard salad dressing I used Ken's Steakhouse salad dressing
  • flour tortillas or bread
  • butter
  • olive oil


  • Spread one side of tortillas {or bread} with Honeycup Mustard
  • Top with chopped cooked chicken
  • Saute mushrooms in a little butter and olive oil or medium high heat until they release their juices and turn golden. Top chicken with sauteed mushrooms.
  • Sprinkle green onions over mushrooms
  • Add bacon pieces and sprinkle with cheeses
  • Drizzle everything with Honey Mustard salad dressing and top with another tortilla or bread slice
  • These can be wrapped and refrigerated for up to 36 hours if desired
  • When ready to cook, add a little butter and olive oil to skillet and cook quesadillas or sandwiches over medium heat until golden and filling is heated through and cheese is melted. Cut into triangles to serve


Adjust ingredient amounts to taste
Keyword Alice Springs chicken, chicken quesadilla, fancy grilled cheese, leftover meal idea, quesadillas


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34 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Turning Leftovers into a Wow Meal!”
  1. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna! We always have a rotisserie chicken in the fridge for salads and quick meals. Love the combo of ingredients in your quesadilla. Happy Tuesday ♥

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    I will have to make this for my grandkids. It has all the ingredients that they crave.

  3. Kari says:

    Great idea Jenna and so easy…they look scrumptious!

  4. Perfect Jenna! I think you can stuff just about anything in quesadilla as long as there is cheese glue!

  5. Quesadillas are like quiche, anything can go in, throw in some cheese and you have dinner.

  6. Amazing! I just bought and tried for the first time Almond Flour tortillas. They’re not so bad if you need to cut wheat or carbs. I guess with this recipe, you could use cardboard and it would be delicious! Thanks for another winner!

    • I’ve not seen Almond flour tortillas, but you’re right, with enough good stuff inside, the outside can be just about anything! I did love this ingredient combo…thanks Leslie Anne

  7. Julie says:

    This looks like a meal our family would love. You make it look so simple to make and I bet tastes delicious. Thanks for the this recipe Jenna.

  8. Jenna, yum these look delicious. I am always looking for something different to make with leftover chicken, and I think this is perfect. I haven’t eaten at Outback in years, I always enjoyed their Bloomin’ Onion.

    Happy Tuesday!

  9. Jenna, you are the mother of invention — or else you have had a long career studying interesting ways to upgrade things. That would be a terrific quesadilla!

  10. Yep, just got home from work, I’d love a quesadilla:@)

  11. lghiggins says:

    We never through anything away when I was a kid. My parents had survived the Great Depression. I was amused as a young bride with a Betty Crocker cookbook geared for two. She called left-overs “repurposed” meals. All I could do was shrug and laugh.

  12. The quesadillas are so perfect prepared and I could devour at least two at one go!

  13. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I love making good use out of leftovers. Especially, with how high the price of groceries are becoming. These quesadillas look scrumptious! This is a perfect use for leftover chicken. Thanks for sharing! Happy Wednesday!

  14. I always have a problem “flipping” the quesadilla! I love using leftovers like this, too and your recipe sounds delish!

  15. thefrenchhutch says:

    I always love to prepare a meal with extra for making another dish. Love your I think your leftovers look like anything but leftovers. Great idea, I love Alice Springs Chicken.

  16. Kitty says:

    I’m a big fan of turning leftovers into another meal and quesadillas are sometimes on the menu. Yours look so tasty and are making me hungry right now.

  17. Angie says:

    Quesadillas make the yummiest and easiest meal! My grandkids love them! And lately, I’ve been loving flatbread and it’s low-carb options (quesadilla is one!). I’ll be making this delicious-looking quesadilla! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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