Recipe: Healthy Chicken Empanadas.

Get ready to do a celebratory dance in your kitchen when you taste these healthy chicken empanadas! Scrum-diddly-umptious, to say the least. It’s simple to make this recipe vegetarian or vegan as well. Triple win.

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Healthy Chicken Empanada Recipe

Ingredients:
– 1 lb. chicken breast, shredded
– 1/2 cup broccoli, shredded*
– 1/2 cup cabbage, shredded*
– 1/2 cup carrots, shredded*
– 1/2 cup cauliflower, shredded*
– 1 onion, chopped
– 3 minced garlic cloves
– 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
– Olive oil spray
– Package of empanada discs

* – Most grocery stores sell a pre-mixed bag of these shredded veggies if you’re short on prep time.

Directions:
1. Cook chicken breast and shred as you like (in oven; in crock-pot; on stove top; etc.)
2. Mix the shredded chicken, shredded vegetables, onion, and ginger over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Take one large spoonful of the heated mix and lay it in the center of an empanada. Fold the empanada in half, the seal around the edges. Repeat until all empanadas are full.
4. Spray a pan with olive oil. Cook stuffed empanadas over medium-high heat for roughly 4-5 minutes.
5. Once the empanadas have browned on each side, pour 1+ tablespoons of water into the pan and cover. Get ready to jump back and be careful! The water will try to splash out of the hot pan, and you will get burned if you don’t move quickly. I speak from experience.
6. Finish steam-cooking the empanadas. Take the cover off the pan every 2-3 minutes and check the consistency of the empanadas. When the empanadas become slightly translucent in places, they’re done.
7. Serve with low-sodium soy sauce, minted soy sauce, or straight up!

15 responses to “Recipe: Healthy Chicken Empanadas.

  1. package of empanadas!! I have never seen that. We go to a local place around her to get empanadas, the kind from Argentina and they have a sweet meat inside and one green olive. So yum. But this one sounds like more of an Asian flare? I think I may need to try it out. Where do you get the package or empanadas?

    • Fresh empanada discs would be so delicious! I have no idea where to get them fresh in Massachusetts, but would love to. I buy mine lazily at the grocery store… the packaged ones look like this:

      The package is usually in the freezer section of “world foods” or sometimes called the “ethnic food” aisle. I’ve even seen these in the freezer section at Walmart!

      You’re right about the difference with this recipe 🙂 This empanada is much more of an Asian flare. I love mixing traditional Mexican foods with Asian tastes!

  2. How I wish this was gluten free!

  3. This sounds so very good! 🙂
    Kenley

  4. Aaaaaand, now I’m drooling into my morning cuppa java. This sound delicious — and thank you for providing the gluten-free link, too! I used to looooove empanadas back in my pre-Celiac days, so this one’s a gem. 🙂

  5. Hi Caitlin,
    it looks like our “Jalan kotek” (indonesiab), but we do it by deep fried :D.
    i think this recipe is healtier, i better try this one 😀
    nice sharing 🙂 🙂

  6. Hi Caitlin,
    it looks like our “Jalan kotek” (indonesian), but we do it by deep fried :D.
    i think this recipe is healthier, i better try this one 😀
    nice sharing 🙂 🙂

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