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CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN EMPANADAS

Shredded chicken, cream cheese, cheddar, corn and jalapenos fill flaky pastry crust for a play on jalapeno poppers.
Ingredients
  • *Pastry:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • ¾ cups cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 + ¼ cups ice water
  • Filling:
  • 8 ounces full fat or light cream cheese
  • 2 overflowing cups cooked shredded chicken
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 + ½ cups fresh shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounce can diced jalapenos, drained
  • ½ cup corn
  • coarse salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk or water
Instructions
Make the pastry:
  1. In a food processor pulse the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the butter and pulse until mixture is the texture of coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces butter remaining.
  2. Add 1 cup ice water to start and pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed adding more water 1 tablespoon at a time if needed. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead just until dough comes together about 4 or 5 times.
  3. Divide into 3 equal portions, flatten them into disks and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate while making the filling.
  4. Melt the cream cheese in a microwave proof bowl until warm enough to stir about 25 – 50 seconds.
  5. Add the chicken to a large mixing bowl with the cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar, jalapenos and corn. Mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. In a small bowl beat the egg and milk together. Fill a separate small bowl with cold water. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them with oil.
  7. On a lightly floured work surface roll out one of the disks to about ⅛-inch thick. Cut out 4-inch circles using a biscuit/cookie cutter or a bowl and paring knife. Place about 1 tablespoon of the filling onto each circle.
  8. Use a pastry brush or your fingers to paint the edges of each circle with water then fold over and press the edges together with the tines of a fork. Refrigerate them for 20 minutes. Repeat until all the filling is used re-rolling scraps of dough if needed.
  9. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Brush the empanadas lightly with the egg mixture and bake 14 – 17 minutes until golden brown and piping hot in the centers. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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