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Buffalo Chicken Keto Empanadas

Published August 26, 2019
Kate Sullivan

Written By: Kate Sullivan, MS

Kate holds a MS in Business Psychology and is currently a PHD researcher in Well-Being and Performance Psychology.

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<article itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Recipe"> <section itemprop="description"> <p>Living life on the go often means grabbing less than ideal meals. But quick, traditional dishes can offer a tasty alternative to fast food—and be keto-friendly at the same time! Take a page from Latin American cuisine with these low carb empanadas, perfect for grabbing as a quick lunch on the run. You can stuff them with zingy buffalo chicken as in our recipe, or use them to bring new life to leftovers.</p> </section> <section> <header>What Is an Empanada?</header> <p>The perfect portable food for breakfast or lunch on the go, empanadas are savory packets of dough stuffed with a range of tasty fillings. Most popular in Latin America, they’re also found in Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, and even the Philippines. Empanadas can be either baked or fried, creating a crispy, flaky crust to surround those delectable fillings.</p> <p>Think of them like the original (and <i>way</i> better) Hot Pocket! </p> <p>Lots of cultures have similar on-the-go pastries, like the Cornish pasty or the Indian samosa. Empanadas differ mostly in the flavors of their traditional fillings, which include sweet-and-savory ground beef and olive picadillo, simple chicken, or even guava paste and cheese.</p> </section> <section> <header>How Do I Make Empanadas Low Carb?</header> <p>Traditional empanadas are wrapped in a flaky pastry crust—definitely not low carb! Swapping wheat-based dough for a tender cheese and almond flour version not only cuts carbs but also adds plenty of heart-healthy, filling fat.</p> <p>When it comes to the fillings, empanadas are often fantastically keto-friendly. You can stuff your empanada dough with a range of proteins and fats, then bake as directed. Try using your favorite <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/curry-chicken-lettuce-wraps" rel="noreferrer">wrap filling</a> or even leftover <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/loaded-cauliflower-casserole" rel="noreferrer">casserole</a>! Low-carb empanadas are a great way to use up leftover meat like ground beef or rotisserie chicken.</p> <div class="sub-head">Low-Carb Empanada Fillings</div> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/sesame-chicken-salad" rel="noreferrer">Sloppy joe mix</a></li> <li>Rotisserie chicken and cheese</li> <li>Keto <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-taco-breakfast-skillet" rel="noreferrer">taco fillings</a></li> <li>Leftover <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-steak-foil-packets" rel="noreferrer">steak</a>, chopped and mixed with <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-best-low-carb-vegetables-to-eat-on-keto/" rel="noreferrer">roasted veggies</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/creamy-mushroom-and-spinach-chicken" rel="noreferrer">Mushroom and spinach chicken</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/philly-cheesesteak-stuffed-mushrooms" rel="noreferrer">Philly cheesesteak</a></li> <li>Leftover keto <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/30-minute-hearty-keto-chili" rel="noreferrer">chili</a></li> </ul> </section> <hr class="divider-15 divider-thick mx-auto"> <section class="recipe"> <header itemprop="name">Buffalo Chicken Keto Empanadas</header> <div class="prep"> <span> <meta itemprop="prepTime" content="PT15M">Prep Time: 20 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="cookTime" content="PT35M">Cooking Time: 15 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="recipeYield">Serves: 4</span> </div> <div class="sub-head">Ingredients:</div> <ul class="ingredients no-bullet"> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 &frac12; cups shredded mozzarella</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">3 ounces cream cheese</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 cup almond flour</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac14; cup golden flax meal</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac12; teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 egg, whisked</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">2 cups shredded cooked chicken</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">3 tablespoons butter, melted</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac13; cup hot sauce</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 teaspoon garlic powder</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac12; teaspoon onion powder</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac12; teaspoon salt</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient"><a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/creamy-blue-cheese-dressing" rel="noreferrer">Blue cheese dressing</a> (for serving)</li> </ul> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium"> <div class="sub-head">Instructions:</div> <ol itemprop="recipeInstructions"> <li>Preheat the oven to 425&deg;F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.</li> <li>In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the mozzarella and cream cheese. Melt the cheeses together, stirring continuously, until smooth, about 3-5 minutes.</li> <li>Remove from heat and stir in the almond flour, flax meal, beaten egg, and paprika (if using). Mix well to form a sticky dough.</li> <li>Allow the dough to cool slightly, then roll out on a piece of parchment paper to &frac14;” thick. If the dough sticks to your rolling pin, dust both the dough and the pin with a little extra almond flour.</li> <li>Use a cereal or soup bowl to help you cut circles about 4” in diameter from the dough. Place rounds on the prepared pan.</li> <li>Re-roll any excess dough and cut more circles, repeating until you’re out of dough.</li> <li>To make the filling, add the chicken, melted butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt into a medium bowl and stir well to combine.</li> <li>Place a heaping tablespoon of filling on one side of each dough round, then fold over the other half of the dough to create a half-moon shape. </li> <li>Use a fork to firmly press the edges together, forming a crimp.</li> <li>Repeat to fill, fold, and crimp all rounds.</li> <li>Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown in the middle and slightly darker at the edges. Serve with blue cheese dressing and enjoy! </li> </ol> </section> </article>
Nutrition Facts

Serves 1


Calories

420


Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

29.6 g

Sodium

1049 mg

Carbohydrate

8.8 g

Sugar

0.7 g

Dietary Fiber

5 g

Protein

31.2 g


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Serves 1


Calories

420


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

29.6 g

Sodium

1049 mg

Carbohydrate

8.8 g

Sugar

0.7 g

Dietary Fiber

5 g

Protein

31.2 g

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