Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Paula Deen's Lean: Chicken Empanadas

With my 10-year high school reunion planning/coordinating over, I have returned to cooking and entertaining for my family. Since there was a left-over pie crust from the Mini Mummies made on Halloween, I decided to make Chicken Empanadas. They are wonderfully delicious chicken and cheese filled pie crust pieces! They make a great party food or easy to grab snack. Now, Paula's recipe makes 12-15 servings, but since I only had one pie crust, I cut the recipe in half. Here is my 1/2 sized Empanada recipe!

Serves 6

1 refrigerated pie crust
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon salsa
2 ounce FAT FREE cream cheese, softened
1 cup 2% Mexican cheese
1 cup chopped, cooked chicken (1 large chicken breast)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine chicken and next 7 ingredients. Unroll 1 pie crust 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. Arrange 1 pie crust 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.

Once I served these things...they went fast! I was able to get 14 empanadas out of one pie crust, which was plenty for four adults. I served them with salsa; a fat free, low-calorie condiment. Fat free or light sour cream would have also been good. Paula serves her empanadas with a cheese dip, but for the added calories...it wasn't worth it. They are really tasty just plain. The most you'll need is salsa (for all you dippers out there). I really love the idea of empanadas. I think I am going to experiment with these and try other ingredients for filling the pie rounds. I'll keep you all posted.

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 150 calories;  10g fat;  3.4g carbohydrate;  11.8g protein;  0g fiber


  1. I am a dipper - so I'll have to have the salsa and maybe the sour cream too! And this recipe looks so easy!

  2. Stoppin in from SITS! Thanks for stopping by my blog! All your food looks yummy! I'm gonna have to try some of it!

  3. Oh cool. I made these last year and posted them. LOVED them!!!!!!

  4. I can see why these went fast! They are delicious!

  5. That looks super easy and super delicious! Oh yummy! I'll def be giving this a try!

  6. A friend of mine sent me this blog! I've been trying to get healthy and I LOVE your stuff. I can't wait to try these!



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