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Buffalo Chicken Empanadas with Blue Cheese Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Makes

6-1/4 dozen (1 cup 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
Buffalo Chicken Empanadas with Blue Cheese Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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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

  1. In a small skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, mozzarella cheese, wing sauce, salt and pepper. Stir in the onion mixture.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with remaining egg mixture. Bake at 400° until golden brown, 9-12 minutes.
  6. 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 about 1/2 teaspoon sauce: 104 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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