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Chicken and Cheese Empanadas

Makes 6 or 8 empanadas

Notes: You can make the filling for these appetizer pastries (through step 2) up to 1 day before using; cover and chill. You can make the empanadas up to 1 day before serving; let cool, wrap airtight, and chill. Unwrap and reheat on a baking sheet in a 325° oven for 20 minutes.

Chicken and Cheese Empanadas

James Carrier
 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cooked boned, skinned chicken
 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
 2 tablespoons drained chopped pimientos (2-oz. jar) or chopped roasted red peppers
 2 tablespoons minced onion
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
 1/2 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
 1 tablespoon cornstarch
 1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese, cut into small chunks
 2 packages (10 oz. each) refrigerated pizza crust dough
 1 large egg
Step 1

In a bowl, mix chicken with Swiss cheese, pimientos, onion, and pepper.

Step 2

In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan, mix broth with cornstarch. Add cream cheese. Whisk over high heat until mixture is boiling (it will be very thick), 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape over chicken mixture and combine well, adding salt to taste.

Step 3

On a lightly floured board, unroll pizza crust dough. Cut each rectangle crosswise into thirds, for six empanadas, or quarters, for eight pastries. On one end of each piece of dough, mound about 5 tablespoons chicken mixture if making six pastries, about 3 tablespoons for eight. Fold other end of dough over filling to form a rectangle, then fold edges together and pinch to seal.

Step 4

Gently place empanadas, slightly apart, on an oiled 12- by 15-inch baking sheet (you'll need two for eight pastries). In a small bowl, beat egg to blend. Brush generously over each pastry.

Step 5

Bake in a 375° regular or convection oven until empanadas are very richly browned, 22 to 25 minutes (10 to 12 in convection oven). Transfer to a rack and let cool at least 10 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Step 6

Nutritional analysis per empanada.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 295Calories from Fat 28
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.1g14%

Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 67mg23%
Sodium 773mg33%
Total Carbohydrate 35g12%

Dietary Fiber 1.1g5%
Protein 19g38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.