Chicken Empanadas Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 30 MINUTES

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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) package colby and monterey jack cheese blend
  • 3 cups chicken, cooked & chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) package refrigerated pie crusts


Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine chicken and next 7 ingredients. Unroll 1 piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Roll onto a 15-inch circle. Cut out rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat procedure with remaining piecrusts. Arrange 1 piecrust round on a clean, flat surface. Lightly brush edges of crust with water. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in center of the round. Fold dough over filling, pressing edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with remaining rounds and chicken mixture. (Up to this point, the recipe can be made ahead and frozen for up to 1 month). Arrange empanadas on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Chicken Empanadas


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