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There is nothing better to me than being able to head into the kitchen and unwind, put some music on, and cook up a storm. Cooking is very therapeutic for me, and not something I view as a stress, but rather something I look forward to. I often get teased by friends and acquaintances for the fact that at any given time I have hundreds of pages of magazines and cookbooks dog eared with notes about how I want to make them or make them to my liking.

That being said, even people like me who live to be in the kitchen, have days where they just don’t have the time or the energy to whip up a delicious meal. This is where the ready-made section of the grocery store comes in.

Loblaws ready-made foods have been a favourite of mine ever since I’ve lived on my own. The packaged salads, baked goods, soups and more have always made the perfect addition to my grocery lists each week, making sure I always have something fresh and ready for the days I’m feeling tired. They’re also great for the days when I don’t have any food in the fridge and can walk down to the Maple Leaf Gardens location and pick something up that’s just as good as if I made it myself.

My absolute go-to favourite though is Loblaws Rotisserie Chicken- in particular, the barbeque one. It is such an old faithful, and there hasn’t been a time I’ve picked one up that I’ve been disappointed. So, when for this month’s #FoodLoversUnite I was challenged to develop a recipe using one of the Grab and Go items, I knew exactly what I wanted to use.

Knowing that the rotisserie chicken already had a ton of flavour, I wanted to develop a recipe that could piggyback off of some of those flavours, helping to complement them and build off of them. Since the weather in Toronto has already started to get cold and snowy, I also wanted something that would be comforting and warm, plus make you feel good as soon as you ate it. That’s how I ended up making rotisserie chicken empanadas! 

Ingredients:

  1. 250g Shredded Rotisserie Chicken (a mix of the breast meat and dark meats works well)
  2. ½ Cup cream cheese (softened)
  3. 1 Package of Taco Seasoning Mix
  4. ⅓ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  5. ¼ Cup Sour cream 
  6. ¼ Cup chopped chives
    1 Package of Refrigerated Pizza Dough (or readymade pizza dough from the grab and go section)
  7. 1 egg

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream and mix until well combined. Add taco seasoning and chives, stirring to combine. Set aside
  3. Roll the pizza dough until ½” thick and cut out 2 ½” rounds (a lid from a can works nicely for this). Discard the scraps
  4. Place a small spoonful of the chicken mixture (about 1.5-2 Tsp) in the center of each round, and fold the dough over, crimping the edges with a fork. Repeat until you are out of chicken
  5. Beat the egg in a small bowl, and using a brush, brush each empanada with egg (this will help them brown nicely in the oven)
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown 
  7. Serve with guacamole and sour cream and enjoy!

If you want to make this and have any questions, feel free to DM me @JackDHarding on Instagram, and if you make it, please tag me and show me your creation.

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