Filipino Rotisserie Chicken Empanadas
This is a variation of the chicken empanadas we used to eat growing up with some hacks to make it faster to prepare. As I wrote about in a previous post, empanadas are fried or baked turnovers -- with dough/pastry outside & inside filling.
These are baked empanadas and the traditional filling is: chicken, potatoes, raisins, peas and carrots. I didn't include the peas & carrots. :)
I decided to make my own dough again; I used the recipe I did previously (link above) with adjustments based on what I observed. I used: 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons of shortening, 1/2 egg, 3/8 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt (saving the other 1/2 egg for the egg wash).
With this version of the dough, each empanada is probably around ~130-140 calories total (118 calories (for dough) plus filling (not that much). Not bad! :) They are filling too.
Making your own dough is the rate-limiting step because you have to let it rest for 30 min in the fridge. I made my own dough & I think it took me 1 hour, 15 min -- start-to-finish. You could probably use PIllsbury pizza crust / dough or something like that to make it faster.
I used this recipe on Panlasang Pinoy website as a basis for preparing the filling -- with some hacks. It took about 5-7 minutes to make the filling.
The amount of filling I ended up making was twice as much as what was needed for 8 empanada plus 1 mini-empanada. :) I ate the extra filling on its own; it's tasty.
I shredded some Rotisserie Chicken (without the skin) with my hands; probably about 1/2 to 2/3 cup.
I used 1/2 Russet potato. I microwaved it for 4 minutes and cut it into cubes (~ 1 cm).
I added a handful, probably ~1/4 cup or a little less.
You can adjust the ratios of the ingredients to your preference.
I just mixed it all together in a bowl as you can see in the photos above.
Assembling and Baking the Empanadas
I assembled the empanadas the same way as I noted in my previous post.
I was much faster at making empanadas the second time around. :)
I brushed them with egg wash because they were going in the oven.
I baked them at 400 degrees for 25-27 minutes. Yum!
Give it a try! We are good at this!