Chicken and Cilantro Pesto Empanadas

4.8
(6) 6 Reviews
Prep Time
40
min.
Total Time
55
min.
Servings

24 servings

Make and freeze these unbaked empanadas, then keep them on hand to bake when unexpected guests stop in!

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Make It

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  • Prepare Empanada Dough as directed; set aside. Process next 5 ingredients in food processor until mixture forms thick paste. Stir in chicken.
  • Heat oven to 400°F. Shape dough into 24 balls, using about 1 Tbsp. for each. Flatten each to 4-inch round. Spoon about 1 heaping Tbsp. chicken mixture onto center of each round. Brush edges evenly with half the egg; fold in half. Seal edges with fork; place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg.
  • Bake 15 min. or until golden brown.

Make Ahead

Assemble empanadas as directed; place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate up to 24 hours, then bake as directed. To freeze, layer unbaked empanadas between sheets of waxed or parchment paper in airtight container. Freeze up to 2 weeks. Thaw completely in refrigerator before baking as directed.

Fun Idea

Impress your guest by shaping empanadas differently. Or place a stencil over unbaked empanadas, brush beaten egg around stencil, then remove stencil and bake as directed.

How to Toast Nuts

Toasting nuts adds crunch and intensifies their flavor. To toast in the oven, spread nuts onto bottom of shallow pan. Bake in 350°F oven 10 to 15 min. or until nuts are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Or to toast on the stovetop, place nuts in skillet; cook on medium heat until golden brown, stirring frequently.

Servings

  • 24 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 24 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 130
% Daily Value
Total fat 8g
Saturated fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 120mg
Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
   
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 4 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • diesel51 |

    Looks great and I bet everyone will love it.

  • Playa1 |

    Excellent flavor. My whole family enjoyed these.

  • Magdalena15 |

    Prepare estas empanadas y a mi esposo le encantaron gracias por sus recetas aparte de que son riquisimas son muy practicas!!!!!!

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