Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Something Spicy!


If you are like me, you may be sick of hotdogs and hamburgers after the Fourth of July weekend. Why not add a little spice to your weekly meal plan by adding chicken empanadas. I love this dish because I have a small love affair with mexican food. Also this dish is pretty quick and easy for little fingers to eat.


First take three cups of chicken and cook it in a pan on the stove top. I used a package of chicken tenders. I just cut each tender into bite size pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper. In a large bowl combine the cooked chicken, one ( 8oz. package shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend, 4 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper, 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped, 1 tablespoon ground cumin1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper.


Unroll one piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 15-inch circle. Cut out rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter or use any round mug or object you have. I used a hamburger patty maker. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat procedure with remaining piecrusts, making 12 to 15 circles total. Arrange one round on a clean, flat surface. Lightly brush the edges of crust with water. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of the round. 


Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture. Place the empanadas on a greased cookie sheet to bake in the oven at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes. 

Note: You can freeze the leftover mixture for up to one month for future meals. I ate my leftover mixture within one week. It was that yummy!

1 comments:

AmberLee said...

empanadas for the 4th are the best idea ever! my SIL makes beef empanadas (one more reason I adore her) when we visit, and we can barely wait for them to cool down enough to eat once they're out of the oven.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Something Spicy!



If you are like me, you may be sick of hotdogs and hamburgers after the Fourth of July weekend. Why not add a little spice to your weekly meal plan by adding chicken empanadas. I love this dish because I have a small love affair with mexican food. Also this dish is pretty quick and easy for little fingers to eat.


First take three cups of chicken and cook it in a pan on the stove top. I used a package of chicken tenders. I just cut each tender into bite size pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper. In a large bowl combine the cooked chicken, one ( 8oz. package shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend, 4 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper, 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped, 1 tablespoon ground cumin1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper.


Unroll one piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 15-inch circle. Cut out rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter or use any round mug or object you have. I used a hamburger patty maker. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat procedure with remaining piecrusts, making 12 to 15 circles total. Arrange one round on a clean, flat surface. Lightly brush the edges of crust with water. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of the round. 


Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture. Place the empanadas on a greased cookie sheet to bake in the oven at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes. 

Note: You can freeze the leftover mixture for up to one month for future meals. I ate my leftover mixture within one week. It was that yummy!

1 comments on "Something Spicy!"

AmberLee on July 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM said...

empanadas for the 4th are the best idea ever! my SIL makes beef empanadas (one more reason I adore her) when we visit, and we can barely wait for them to cool down enough to eat once they're out of the oven.