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Filipino Chicken Empanada

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Chicken Empanada is a type of pastry that is stuffed with chicken meat, potato, carrots, and sweet peas. This is made by placing the filling in the middle of a flattened dough and sealing it by pinching and folding the edges. Similar types of Empanadas are also common in Spain and South America. In fact, the Cuban Picadillo almost resembles the Filipino Empanada in ingredients and taste. Empanada can be fried or baked. I prefer the baking method since it gives more flaky texture to the crust.
  Boneless chicken breast 1 1⁄2 Pound, cut into cubes
  Onion 1 , minced
  Garlic 1 Tablespoon, minced
  Potato 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Carrot 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Green peas 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Raisins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chicken cube 1⁄2
  Cooking oil 2 Tablespoon
  Flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Sugar 4 Tablespoon
  Cold water 6 Tablespoon
  Egg 1
  Cold butter 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon

1. Cook the Filing
1.1 In a heated pan, pour the cooking oil and allow to heat-up
1.2 Saute the garlic and onions
1.3 Add the chicken breast then cook until color turns light brown (about 5 minutes)
1.4 Add water and chicken cube then simmer for 10 minutes
1.5 Put-in carrots and potatoes and simmer for 5 minutes
1.6 Add the green peas, raisins, and sugar then simmer for another 5 minutes
1.7 Sprinkle salt and pepper. Turn off the heat, drain the excess liquid, and set aside.
2. Make the dough
2.1 In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients starting from the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt then mix well.
2.2 Cut the butter into small thin pieces place in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.(the butter should be cold and solid before doing this)
2.3 Add water gradually and mix all the ingredients thoroughly until a dough is formed. You may use a pastry blender to easen the process.
2.4 Divide the dough into individual pieces by grabbing a piece from the whole mixture and rolling it in your hand until a spherical shape is formed. Do this until all the dough is consumed. Set aside in a cool place for at least 20 minutes
2.5 Flatten the spherical dough py pressing it with your palm against a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten it fully while creating a round shape.
3. Place some filling at the middle of the flattened dough. Fold the dough so that opposite ends meet (you should have formed a half moon shaped dough)then press the edges and seal. (refer to the video for the technique)
3. After all the fillings are consumed, crack the egg and separate the white from the yolk. Beat the egg white lightly and mix a little water.Glaze the crust by brushing the egg wash.
4. Put a wax paper on top of a baking tray or grease the baking tray then arranged the sealed doughs.
5. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Bake the sealed doughs for 25 minutes at the same temperature.
6. Remove from the oven.
7. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

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Filipino Chicken Puffs
This video is in Filipino.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 610 Calories from Fat 255

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 29 g44.5%

Saturated Fat 15.6 g77.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 137.4 mg45.8%

Sodium 390.2 mg16.3%

Total Carbohydrates 60 g20%

Dietary Fiber 3.9 g15.7%

Sugars 13.8 g

Protein 28 g56.1%

Vitamin A 71.3% Vitamin C 28.6%

Calcium 7.5% Iron 20.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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