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Chicken Empanadas

CATEGORY: Appetizer
 
We found this recipe on the Food Netwrk site.  The reviews were outstanding, so we tried it.  We have to agree with the Food Network viewers...Delicious!
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SERVINGS:  18 empanadas
PREP TIME: 35 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoonlard
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • Salt
  • Crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 pound skinless chicken breast, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pimento stuffed olives
  • 3 tablespoons seedless raisins, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing bowl combine the masa harina, flour, cornmeal and baking powder. Season with the salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.  Cream in the lard and add the water a little at a time, working the mixture until all is completely incorporated. Using your hands, form the dough into a log about 12 inches long by 3 inches across and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Season with salt and crushed red pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the chicken.  Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and turn into a mixing bowl. Add the garlic, green onions, olives, raisins and eggs. Season with salt. Mix well. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a circle, 1/8-inch thick. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut the dough into individual circles. Press the remaining dough together and repeat the above process. Preheat the fryer. Place about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle. Lightly wet the edges of the dough with water. Fold the dough over, forming a half-moon, using your fingers, seal the edges completely and crimp the sides of the dough. Place the finished empanadas on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Fry in batches until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt. Serve warm on a large platter.  Garnish with parsley. Yield: about 1 1/2 dozen empanadas

Adapted from The Food Network- An Emeril Lagasse Recipe