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Savory Peanut Butter Chicken Empanadas

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As a frequent entertainer I am always hunting around for great appetizers that I can serve for company. I also love something that can be enjoyed without utensils and easily passed around. Enter these empanadas, easy to make and delicious to boot.

I’ve always wanted to play around with putting peanut butter into dough and have created a great one that really could be enjoyed with a sweet or savory filling. Although the filling for these is on the savory side- using chicken, goat cheese, and jam. Sweet, spicy, and creamy, the spice from the peanut butter is tamed from the goat cheese and apricot jam. Even your pickiest guests will be pleased with this combo, as they were declared a hit at my last dinner party.

Prep time: 1 hour and 20 minutes (includes chilling the dough)
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield: 5 servings

Ingredients

For the empanada dough

Peanut Butter Chicken Empanadas Ingredients Butter Flour

1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons Smooth Operator peanut butter, chilled
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3-4 tablespoons ice water

For the filling

Peanut Butter Chicken Empanadas The Heat Is On Apricot Goat Cheese

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2 tablespoons The Heat is On peanut butter
1/4 cup goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Awesome Apricot Preserves(for topping)

Directions

For the empanada dough

1. Cut the butter and peanut butter into the flour with a fork until it reaches a crumb like consistency (a pastry cutter or food processor could also be used). Gradually add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a dough forms, being careful to not over mix. Shape into a ball and then flatten into a disc.

2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about an hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is ¼ of an inch thick all around. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter (any size you want). Place 1-2 tablespoons of chicken mixture (recipe below) on one side of the circle, top with 1-2 teaspoons of apricot jam, and then fold in half. Seal the edges down with a fork and place on the lined baking sheet.

Empanada Dough Peanut Butter Chicken

Empanada Peanut Butter Apricot Goat Cheese Chicken Dough

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the empanadas are a golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and allow to slightly cool before serving.

Baked Empanadas Chicken Cheese Peanut Butter

For the filling

In a bowl mix together the chicken, peanut butter, goat cheese, salt, and pepper.

Cook’s Notes

* Amount of filling will depend on size of circle cutter used. Just make sure you can seal the outer edges without the filling leaking out of the sides.

** To add a bit of a sheen to the finished empanada, brush with an egg wash before baking.

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

What other filling combinations would you stuff the Smooth Operator peanut butter empanada dough with?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Smooth Operator and The Heat Is On peanut butters, the jars used in this recipe.

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 03/28/13 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar each of Smooth Operator and The Heat Is On. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

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19 Responses to Savory Peanut Butter Chicken Empanadas

  1. Josephine Jones says:

    I would use crunch time with nutella and banana 🙂

  2. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    Because I have a sweet tooth, I think I would fill the Smooth Operator peanut butter empanada dough with sliced apples or pears and drizzle with some more Peanut Butter (maybe White Chocolate Wonderful mixed with caramel sauce)
    I think making pastry with peanut butter is genius! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Penguin says:

    Definitely want to try this recipe. I think some Dark Chocolate Dreams, raisins, and nuts for stuffing might make a good sweet pastry.

  4. Jerome says:

    Mmmmmmmm this recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to make my own. I’m thinking of using some pepper jack cheese instead of goat cheese and BBQ sauce instead of apricot preserves. BBQ sauce and peanut butter is savory combo! Some shredded pork shoulder would go well with the BBQ sauce themed version.

    Breakfast empanada with mighty maple in the crust and bacon, eggs, cheddar, and some more mighty maple on the inside!

    You gotta make dessert empanada, too! I’m thinking white chocolate wonderful for the dough and have it stuffed with dark chocolate dreams, strawberries and cream cheese. That’s some good eatin, man!

  5. Jerome says:

    Mmmmmmmm this recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to make my own. I’m thinking of using some pepper jack cheese instead of goat cheese and BBQ sauce instead of apricot preserves. BBQ sauce and peanut butter is savory combo! Some shredded pork shoulder would go well with the BBQ sauce themed version.

    Breakfast empanada with mighty maple in the crust and bacon, eggs, cheddar, and some more mighty maple on the inside!

    You gotta make dessert empanada, too! I’m thinking white chocolate wonderful for the dough and have it stuffed with dark chocolate dreams, strawberries and cream cheese. That’s some good eatin, man!

  6. Cori says:

    I would fill it with apples and cinnamon! Or maybe some Bananas, sliced almonds, and cinnamon.

  7. megan kupres says:

    I would stuff it with maple brown sugar tofu or jelly glazed tofu for a savory empanada. Other wise stuffing jelly or cream cheese in the middle would make a great uncrustable.

  8. megan kupres says:

    I would stuff it with maple glazed tofu or jelly crusted tofu for a savory empanada. Otherwise I would just stuff the dough with jelly or cream cheese to make an uncrustable

  9. Francisco says:

    Roasted Jerk pork and pineapple slices

  10. Harvin says:

    I would try a pad thai-inspired empanada, stuffed with chicken, carrots, bean sprouts, scallions and some spices.

  11. Jessica says:

    Chilis and cilantro sound like good additions to the chicken and PB to me! 🙂

  12. alyssa - life a la wife says:

    Mmmm I would stuff more peanut butter, bananas, cinnamon and agave in there… and maybe a chocolate chip or two 🙂

  13. Samantha says:

    Oohh yum, these look delish. I’d try a pad thai filling. Or jelly, or bananas & cinnamon, or everything!

  14. Harrison Greene says:

    I would really like to see the Red Chili and Peanut Butter Glazed Salmon recipe put into an empanada. Stuff it with salmon, red chili sauce, ginger, some lime and orange juice, and some honey. MMMMmmm.

  15. Kelsi says:

    Pumpkin puree would be delicious.

  16. Keri says:

    cream cheese, pineapple bits, and coconut flakes

  17. Makayla Weil says:

    homemade apple pie filling, raisins, and chopped walnuts…..kind of like a peanut butter apple pie in a empanada!

  18. Alexi says:

    I would use apples!

  19. Cindy says:

    WOW, these all sound good. Apples or bananas & more smooth PB was my first thought. I like shredded chicken, cooked diced peppers and carrots with a touch of Crunch Time too.

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Savory Peanut Butter Chicken Empanadas