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Ready for the easiest recipe? With just 3-4 ingredients which can be easily found at your local Walmart stores, this Chicken Empanada recipe is the quickest weeknight dinner. Weekdays can get hectic with school and extracurricular activities so I rely on recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Who has the time to slave in the kitchen for hours?
Growing up, my Abuela would stay with us for part of the year to help my mom with my sister and I. We were fortunate that she would have arroz, habichuelas, and carne for us when we got home. There is nothing like grandma’s home cooked meals! When she traveled back to Puerto Rico, my mom would rely on easy, quick meals. Both of my parents worked full time so getting dinner at a decent hour was important. Our favorite was always empanadas (or pastelitos) because we can make them with anything. They are easy to customize to your family’s taste but cheese is a must! Everything goes well with cheese in my book.
The recipe is just 3 ingredients (4 if you include the cheese)! Grab a can of Swanson® Premium Chicken, Prego® Italian Sauce, and frozen dough discs from the Hispanic food aisle to create this easy recipe. The kids will ask for more and will become a family favorite! It tastes like chicken pizza! The chicken is already cooked so all you need to do is heat it up in a small pot with Prego® Italian Sauce. The sauce is everything – Prego® Italian Sauce is my go-to pasta sauce because the spices and seasonings are perfect. It has that sweet savory Italian flavor that compliments any dish. I use an empanada maker (dough press) to close the discs but you can easily use a fork to close the two ends together. The ingredients are all inexpensive so it won’t hurt the budget. Pair your delicious meal with V8+Energy® with one combined serving of fruit and veggies! Giving you the energy to tackle the rest of your night.
Four Ingredient Chicken Empanadas
1 can Swanson® Premium Chicken (12.5 oz can)
1/2 jar Prego® Italian Sauce
1 pack of frozen discs (dough pastry discs found in the Hispanic frozen food section), thawed
(Optional) 1 cup of shredded cheese (or sliced), I used mild cheddar
About 2.5 cups of oil (for frying)
1. Drain water from Swanson® Premium Chicken.
3. Mix the chicken and sauce well until chicken is completely covered. At this point, you can add more sauce if you want it extra saucy. Once the mixture is heated through, typically about 10 mins or less over medium heat.
4. Once the discs have been thawed place a spoonful of cheese (if you prefer to add cheese) on top of the dough then a spoonful of shredded chicken mixture. Close the empanada using a fork or the dough press. Repeat until all empanadas are made.
6. Serve and eat immediately!
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What are your favorite easy recipes?