Empanadas de Pollo Verde

  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 empanada
  • Yields: 12 empanadas
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Fry: 3 mins per batch
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Empanadas de Pollo Verde
cup masa harina
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon salt
cup shortening
cup cold water
cups shredded cooked chicken
ounces queso Oaxaca or fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup)
cup salsa verde
teaspoon dried Mexican oregano or regular oregano, crushed
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Salsa verde
  1. In a large bowl combine masa harina, flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add the cold water to the flour mixture, stirring to make a dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 12 portions; shape each portion into a ball. Place each dough portion between two pieces of waxed paper. Using a tortilla press or rolling pin, flatten each ball into a 6-inch circle.
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine chicken, cheese, the 1/2 cup salsa verde, and the oregano. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper from one dough circle. Spoon a generous tablespoon of the chicken mixture into the center of the dough circle. Using the waxed paper as a guide, fold over the dough into a turnover shape; seal dough edges by pressing with your fingers or the tines of a fork. Repeat with the remaining dough circles and chicken mixture to make 12 empanadas total.
  4. Carefully peel each empanada off the waxed paper. In a large skillet heat 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry empanadas, a few at a time, for 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once halfway through frying time. Drain on paper towels. Transfer empanadas to a baking sheet and keep warm in the preheated oven while frying remaining empanadas. Serve empanadas warm with additional salsa verde.
Nutrition Facts (Empanadas de Pollo Verde)
    Per serving:
  • 230 kcal cal.,
  • 13 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 5 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 29 mg chol.,
  • 273 mg sodium,
  • 17 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 1 g sugar,
  • 11 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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