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Author Notes: This recipe was a happy accident. My New Year's party this year was Mexican themed, and I also had lots of Christmas baking leftovers, dates being one of them. My husband is now insisting I make them at least once a week. They are so easy to make that I don't see that as a problem! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. —Sheri Sidwell
- 1 11 oz can Mandarin oranges
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 pinches cayenne pepper (optional)
- Drain oranges well, chop fine
- Chop cilantro
- In small bowl, combine oranges, cilantro, lime juice, and cayenne.
Quesadilla filling + tortillas
- 3/4 cup shredded colby-jack or cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 2/3 cup pitted dates, chopped fine
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced deli smoked chicken, diced
- 2 tablespoons green onion, sliced thin
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 8-inch wheat or white flour tortillas
- Pre-heat oven to 375.
- In medium bowl, combine the cheeses, chicken, dates, onions, and cumin.
- Place two tortillas on large baking sheet.
- Sprinkle half the filling on each tortilla, leaving 1/2 inch around the edge.
- Dampen the outer edges with a little water. Top with the other two tortillas, and press to seal.
- Bake 8 minutes (or until hot). Cut into 6 wedges each.
- Drain salsa, and serve over or on the side. Enjoy!
- This is a footnote, not a step. If you are using commercially packaged smoked deli chicken, it will usually have some added water. A quick flash in the micro between paper towels will solve this. Also, leftover roast chicken breast works great, too.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Dates