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Empanadas de Pollo Verde

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 1 empanada Yield: 12 empanadas
Prep 40 mins Fry 3 mins  per batch
Empanadas de Pollo Verde
  • 1  cup  masa harina
  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  shortening
  • 2/3  cup  cold water
  • 2  cups  shredded cooked chicken
  • 4  ounces  queso Oaxaca or fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 1/2  cup  salsa verde
  • 1  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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 230,
  • Fat, total (g) 13,
  • chol. (mg) 29,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 17,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 5,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 11,
  • vit. A (IU) 146,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 3,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 24,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 273,
  • Potassium (mg) 129,
  • calcium (mg) 91,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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