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Buffalo Chicken Empanadas with Blue Cheese Sauce

These little golden-brown pockets are fun to eat and feature the popular taste of Buffalo wings. Using rotisserie chicken and refrigerated pie pastry speeds up the preparation. —Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 dozen (1 cup sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups finely chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 sheets refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  • In a small skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, mozzarella cheese, wing sauce, salt and pepper. Stir in the onion mixture.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll 1 pie crust. Roll out into a 12-in. circle. Cut with a floured 3-in. biscuit cutter. Remove excess crust and reroll scraps. Repeat with remaining pie crusts.
  • Beat eggs and water; brush over edges of 3-in. pie crust circles. Place heaping teaspoonfuls of filling in the centers. Fold crust in half over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal.
  • Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with remaining egg mixture. Bake at 400° until golden brown, 9-12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add blue cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted and sauce thickens, 2 minutes longer. Serve with empanadas.
Make Ahead: Unbaked empanadas may be frozen for up to 2 months. Bake as directed for 12-16 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 empanada with 1/2 teaspoon sauce: 81 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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  • justmbeth
    Jan 11, 2021

    I scaled this recipe down to use only 2 pie crusts. I used prepared blue cheese and ranch as sides. They were really good but a bit time consuming to prepare.

  • bonito15
    Sep 24, 2016

    The blue cheese sauce with this was awesome and these were easy and all ingredients you have at home - and so easy to pack too