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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chicken and Corn Empanadas with Chipotle Cream

Chicken Empanadas with Chipotle CreamI adore empanadas.  One of my favorite meals in Rio de Janeiro is going to the empanada stand and picking out a variety of the tasty little pastries.  I cannot get enough of the flaky dough and savory fillings.  I really like to serve empanadas with soup for a quick meal.  Any leftover shredded chicken will work fine in these empanadas.  In fact, I used this leftover taco meat from the freezer for this batch.  One of these days I will stop finking out and actually try my hand at empanada dough.  But the flakiness of the puff pastry works just fine and makes for a quick weeknight meal.
Chicken and Corn Empanadas with Chipotle Cream

1 chicken breast
1 can Rotel
¼ cup water
1 cup frozen corn
½ cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed

½ cup sour cream
3 chipotles in adobo
1 teaspoon salt

In a small sauce pan, combine the chicken, Rotel and water. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the corn.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a bowl, stir together the cooled chicken and cheese. Roll out each puff pastry sheet on a floured surface. Cut 10 six inch circles on each sheet of pastry, you will have 20 circles in total. Spoon ¼ cup of the chicken mixture onto 10 of the circles. Top each with the remaining 10 pastry circles, crimping at the sides to form a seal. Place the empanadas on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes until the pastry is golden.

Add the sour cream, chipotles and salt in the bowl of a small food processor. Puree until smooth. Serve the chipotle cream with the empanadas.
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4 comments:

Happy Valley Chow said...

Wow these look delicious, I will definitely have to try them. Thanks for sharing :)

Sincerely,
Happy Valley Chow

Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

I've actually never had empanadas but these look delicious!

threesquarechef said...

I love empanads and this chipotle cream sauce looks awesome!

Medeja said...

If I would be making them I am sure I would like empanadas too :D

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