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    1 hr

    40 mins

    20 mins

    Concoctionista's Note:

    This is a recipe from Paula Deen, I made this for tonight's dinner & served with a side of my recipe for spanish rice ( It was great! My husband said it was a 4 our of 5 star dinner. Although, I tweaked the sauce to my own tastes.

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    • 3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped (about 4 to 5 chicken breasts)
    • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded cheese (Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend)
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts (I used http -- or /
    • water



    1. 1
      Preheat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.
    2. 2
      In a large bowl using a rubber spatula, combine the chicken, colby and Monterey cheese, cream cheese, red pepper, jalapeno, cumin, salt, and pepper.
    3. 3
      Remove 1 pie crust from pie tin onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 15-inch circle.
    4. 4
      Cut out rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Re-roll dough as needed.
    5. 5
      Repeat procedure with remaining pie crusts, making 12 to 15 circles total.
    6. 6
      Arrange 1 round on a clean, flat surface.
    7. 7
      Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the edges of crust with water.
    8. 8
      Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of the round.
    9. 9
      Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal.
    10. 10
      Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture.
    11. 11
      Place empanadas in deep-fryer for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.
    12. 12
      Top with queso dip.
    13. 13
      Note: Up to this point, the recipe can be made ahead and frozen for up to 1 month.
    14. 14
    15. 15
      In a medium sauce pot, slowly heat cheese over medium/low heat.
    16. 16
      When cheese is fully melted add tomatoes, stirring with spoon until combined well.
    17. 17
      Pour cheese dip into a small casserole dish and serve as a dip for the cheesy empanadas or pour on top for a real cheesy effect.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 01, 2009


      I missed out the bell pepper and substituted a couple tbspns of Tabasco Chipotle Sauce for the jalapeno, but otherwise made these following the recipe. I was skeptical at first about how dry the filling mix was, but was delighted with the finished product - divinely cheesy, with a nice chilli bite! Thanks Concoctionista!

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    • on August 17, 2008


      I love this recipe! My husband says they remind him of the tex mex egg rolls at Sweet Water Tavern which he loves. They serve it an avocado cream sauce. I have made these with gluten free pie crusts and baked in the oven and have also used corn tortillas to make them more like egg rolls (healthier option). I love to use the leftover chicken from Crock Pot Whole Chicken to make this.

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    • on December 23, 2013


      Yummy! I would add 1 tbs chili powder or swap bell pepper to pimiento, for bit more zing in the flavor. And I would use tomato salsa in the cheese sauce, not just tomatoes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cheesiest Fried Chicken Empanadas With Queso Dip

    Serving Size: 1 (73 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 285.4
    Calories from Fat 177
    Total Fat 19.7 g
    Saturated Fat 8.7 g
    Cholesterol 22.4 mg
    Sodium 732.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 6.3 g

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