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Chicken & Cheese Empanadas

Chicken & Cheese Empanadas recipe
photo by:kraft
I made this recipe but substituted the green pepper with red pepper and added pineapple tidbits.
posted by
pttprk
on 5/25/2014
time
prep:
40 min
total:
1 hr 15 min
servings
total:
6 servings
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What You Need

1
cup  flour
1/2
tsp.  CALUMET Baking Powder
1/2
tsp.  salt
1/4
cup  shortening
1/4
cup  plus 1 Tbsp. cold water, divided
1/2
lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2
cup  chopped onions
1/2
cup  chopped green peppers
1/2
cup  TACO BELL® Thick & Chunky Medium Salsa
1
cup  KRAFT Mexican Style Shredded Four Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
1
 egg

Make It

step 1
COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add 1/4 cup water, stirring until mixture forms ball. Knead dough on lightly floured surface 5 min. or until smooth and elastic. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; refrigerate while preparing empanada filling.
step 2
COOK chicken, onions and peppers in nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 5 min. or until chicken is no longer pink. Add salsa; cook and stir 2 min. Cool completely. Heat oven to 375ºF. Divide dough into 6 pieces; roll out each piece on lightly floured surface to 7-inch round. Place in single layer on parchment-covered baking sheet.
step 3
STIR cheese into chicken mixture; spoon about 1/2 cup onto half of each dough round. Beat egg and remaining water; brush onto edges of dough rounds.
step 4
FOLD dough rounds in half to enclose filling; press tops lightly to remove excess air. Seal edges with fork. Brush with remaining egg. Bake 18 to 20 min. or until golden brown.
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Kraft Kitchens Tips

Note
If empanada dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tsp. at a time, until dough can easily be shaped into ball.
Size Wise
Share these delicious empanadas with friends and help each other stick to the serving size.
Make Ahead
Empanadas can be assembled ahead of time. Place in single layer on parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, bake as directed.
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