Disclosure: This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. The recipe and opinions are my own.
It’s back to school season here in Florida. Back to school also means returning to a busy schedule full of homework and lots of extracurricular activities and sports. Shuffling kids from school to soccer or football practice leaves little time to prepare dinner. However, when your kids are heavily involved in physical activities and strenuous sports, it crucial for them to fuel properly and replenish their young growing bodies with muscle repairing proteins found in lean meats, like chicken.
These simple Chicken and Potato Empanadas are the perfect pocket-sized meal packed with plenty of good carbs and protein and great for a dinner on the go. For busy evenings, you can prepare the filling in the morning and fill the pre-made empanada dough at dinner time.
For even busier days, you can prepare the empanadas the night before and bake them at dinner time. The leftovers freeze and reheat well for a ready to eat dinner on the go.
- 1 - 10 count frozen empanada dough (small disks)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil, ¼ cup for basting
- 1 small Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 2 lb baking potatoes
- 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black ground pepper
- Defrost frozen empanada dough.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by brushing it with olive oil.
- Rinse and chop potatoes into small ½” cubes. Boil until fork tender. Drain; set aside.
- As potatoes boil, sauté onions in a large skillet on a medium to low heat. When onions are soft and translucent, add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add chicken and cook thoroughly.
- Once chicken is cooked, add potatoes and toss through chicken and onions. Sautee for a couple of minutes. Then add tomatoes and spices. Simmer for a couple minutes allowing flavors to combine.
- Take an empanada disk and spoon about a quarter cup of filling into center of disk. Place empanada on baking sheet and fold in half. Seal empanada by pressing down the edges with the prongs of a fork. Poke a few holes on top; brush with olive oil. Repeat steps with remaining filling and disks.
- Bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
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These flavors sound great together, Denise! I never heard of frozen empanada dough I need to check it out!
I didn’t even know there was pre-made empanada dough. I am certainly going to add that to my shopping list. What a great meal and who doesn’t love chicken and potatoes wrapped in pastry. Yum!
You can find it in the freezer aisle with the Ethnic foods.
I need to stop looking at your blog today; at least not before my lunch! These look so good, Denise!
These look amazing and sound so easy. I didn’t know you could buy the dough. The dough is the part that intimidates me. I hate baking….cooking I can do all day. 🙂
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