Sweet and Savory Chicken Empanadas
Whip up Sweet and Savory Braised Chicken Empanadas with Jalapeño Cilantro Dip, made with 7UP®, today. It's a dish packed with flavor.
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
1 glug olive oil
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 Fresno chilies, seeded and chopped
2 12-oz. cans 7UP®
2 tbsp. honey
1 cup small-diced potatoes
1/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 cup fresh-grated Oaxaca cheese
1 box prepared pie crust (2 pie crusts)
1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp. water
1 tsp. honey
1 tbsp. butter, softened to room temperature
1 tsp. black pepper
Jalapeño Cilantro Dip
4 jalapeños, halved
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Juice of lemon and lime
Pinch of salt
2 bunches loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
1/2 cup olive oil
Heat a cast-iron skillet with a lid over high heat.
Season chicken with salt, pepper, and a glug of olive oil.
Sear until golden, set aside.
In the same pan, add onion and cook until soft.
Add in garlic and Fresno chilies; season with salt and pepper.
Whisk in honey and 7UP®, and bring to a boil.
Add chicken back in, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Remove chicken from liquid and pull with two forks.
Reduce liquid for 10-20 minutes until thick, adding in potatoes and cooking until tender.
Add in red bell pepper; cook another minute or two.
Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment.
To build, unroll pie crust and cut out 3-4-inch circles.
Fill one side with chicken, top with potatoes/red bell pepper, and sprinkling of cheese.
Fold pie crust over and seal by pressing with a fork or your fingers.
Chill slightly to allow to firm up before baking.
Brush egg and water onto empanadas.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Mix softened butter, pepper, and honey in bowl; brush on hot empanadas.
Pulse jalapeños, garlic, lemon, lime, and salt in food processor until finely minced.
Add cilantro in four batches, pouring in olive oil as it processes.
Puree the honey in, and taste for seasoning.
Let sit at least 30 minutes to marry flavors.
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