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Puerto Rican style chicken empanadas

In Puerto Rico, empanadas (also known as empanadillas) are fried treats, never baked. Empanadilla de carne (ground beef empanada) is Puerto Rico’s favorite, but fish, crab, “pizza,” and chicken empanadillas are also found in every kiosk around the Island.


For the dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons oil, lard or vegetable shortening
2 teaspoons salt
water, warm
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the chicken filling:

3 boneless chicken breasts or thighs
2 tablespoons sofrito
2 tablespoons roasted red peppers, diced
1 bay leaf
8 to 10 olives, sliced
1 medium potato, diced
1 can Goya tomato sauce, or 3/4 cup tomato puree, or (2 tablespoons tomato paste + 1/2 cup of water)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper
water, if necessary


Step 1: Make the Dough

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