Baked Chicken Empanadas

These incredibly tasty empanadas using traditional Mexican flavors are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Add the queso dip and this meal is sure to please!

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Servings: 12
Skills: Intermediate
Prep Time: 30 min (not including thaw time)
Bake Time: 20 min

Ingredients

  1. 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
  2. 2 cups cooked diced chicken
  3. 1 1/2 cups grated pepper jack cheese
  4. 3 ounces cream cheese
  5. 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  6. 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  7. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  8. 1 teaspoon cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  11. Queso Dip:
  12. 1 pound Mexican Velveeta
  13. 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  14. 4 ounce can diced green chiles

Instructions

  1. Flatten each roll into a 6 to 7-inch circle.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest while making filling.

  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

  4. Remove plastic wrap from rolls.

  5. Place about 1/4 cup filling onto each circle being careful not to let it touch the edges.

  6. Wet the edges of each circle with water.

  7. Fold dough in half over filling and press the edges together with a fork to seal.

  8. Bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until nicely browned.

  9. Queso Dip:Cut cheese into pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl.

  10. Microwave one minute at a time until melted.

  11. Add tomatoes and green chiles and stir until well combined.