Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chicken Empanadas

Quick and easy, semi-homemade chicken
 empanadas from Mr. Food!

The recipe calls for purchased dry fajita
seasoning, but I have included a homemade
 version listed after the empanada recipe
as an alternative.

Chicken Empanadas

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 30 min
  • (15-ounce) package refrigerated rolled pie crusts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium-sized green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons dry fajita seasoning (see below for homemade seasoning)
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • egg, beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place 1 pie crust flat on a 14-inch pizza pan; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken, corn, and fajita seasoning; remove from heat.
  3. Spoon mixture onto pie crust, leaving a 1-inch border around edge. Sprinkle cheese evenly over chicken mixture and brush edge of crust with egg. Place second pie crust flat over filling. Fold and press edges together. Using a fork, crimp to seal edge.
  4. Brush top with egg.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
Source:  Mr. Food

Homemade Fajita Seasoning


3 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. sugar
2-1/2 tsp. crushed chicken bouillon cube
1-1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. cumin


Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour into small glass or plastic container, seal tightly and store in a cool, dry place. Makes the equivalent of 3 packets of commercial or purchased Fajita Seasoning Mix.



thechef said...

watdaaa! this food looks so delicious..need to try this at home! thanks for this post!

Gina Alfani said...

You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

Have a wonderful day . . . Gina

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