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The empanadas can be made ahead of time and chilled until ready to bake. For less heat, seed the jalapeño peppers after roasting.

Sidney Fry, MS, RD
Recipe by Cooking Light December 2013

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Yield:
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 empanada and 1 tablespoon sauce)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450°.

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  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and baking powder in a food processor; pulse to combine. Combine 1/3 cup oil and 5 tablespoons water. With processor on, slowly add oil mixture through food chute; process until dough is crumbly. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 1 minute; add additional flour, if necessary, to prevent dough from sticking. Gently press dough into a 5-inch disk; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes.

  • Arrange tomatillos, jalapeños, and 4 garlic cloves in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; lightly coat vegetables with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until charred. Combine tomatillo mixture, juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and sugar in a blender; pulse until finely chopped, scraping sides.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 400°.

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Chop remaining 2 garlic cloves. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add chicken and mushrooms; cook 6 minutes or until chicken is browned, stirring to crumble. Cool slightly. Add 1/2 cup tomatillo sauce, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and cheeses, stirring well to combine.

  • Combine egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Remove dough from refrigerator; let stand 5 minutes. Divide dough into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a ball. Roll each dough portion into a (6-inch) circle on a lightly floured surface. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep from drying), spoon 3 tablespoons chicken mixture into center of each circle. Moisten edges of dough with egg mixture; fold dough over filling. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Brush remaining egg mixture evenly over empanadas. Place empanadas on a parchment-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 24 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve immediately with remaining tomatillo sauce.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

309 calories; fat 16.3g; saturated fat 4g; mono fat 9.2g; poly fat 2.1g; protein 12.4g; carbohydrates 29g; fiber 2.5g; cholesterol 57mg; iron 2.3mg; sodium 455mg; calcium 121mg.
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