I’m trying something a little different today on Kitchen Tested. I didn’t get a chance to take step by step photos of this recipe or even a glamorous photo of the finished product but these chicken empanadas were so good that I had to share them with only the one picture I posted on Instagram! I’m new to red palm oil and when I bought a jar of Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil at the Vegetarian Food Festival, I was reluctant to open it up and give it a shot. The color is just so vibrantly orange and I’ll admit that it scared me a little but reading about the health benefits finally got me to open up the jar. My first impression: the oil has a mild nutty smell and a fun creamy texture that reminds me of vegetable shortening. Just don’t rub this stuff on your hands (like I do with coconut oil sometimes) because I’ve heard it will stain! Just like coconut oil, red palm oil can reach very high temperatures while cooking and won’t lose it’s nutrients as it heats up. So basically, this chicken recipe is SUPER healthy! And did I mention that my son went nuts for this chicken?!? He was snacking on it the whole time that I was making the empanadas. You can use whatever pie dough recipe you want (including mine) for these empanadas but I based mine on a gluten free recipe from Elana’s Pantry.
Yields 1 dozen