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I woke up this morning with an undeniable craving for Chinese curry pastries. I grew up near Oakland, California so I experienced flaky crescents filled with moist chicken, raisins, onions and curry. I’m not able to copy that type of pastry exactly but I found an excellent substitute, empanada dough. I add curry instead of pepper or Southwest seasonings. This is the 7th day of the 15-day Chinese New Year Celebration so I made my version of Chinese Curry Chicken Pies. These pastries are also called curry turnovers at Chinese bakeries.
3/4 cup of shortening
1 cup warm water
1 tps soy sauce
3 TB curry
1 TB dehydrated powdered onions
1 TB white granulated sugar
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
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1 tsp sesame oil
1 TB curry
1 TB soy sauce
1 TB canola oil
2 cups of cubed chicken breast
8 oz minced water chestnuts
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4 oz minced shitake mushrooms
6 oz raisins
Step 1: Combine the ingredients for the dough and chill the dough, in the refrigerator, for at least 20 minutes.
Step 2: Soak dried shitake mushrooms in hot water for 15 minutes and marinate chunks of chicken breast in a zip-top bag.
Step 3: Saute the chicken breast and vegetables until the chicken is no longer pink. Cool and shred chicken. Add raisins.
Step 4: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment. Roll the dough into ping pong ball sized lumps. Flatten each into a circle. Fill each with 1 TB of cooked filling or less. Seal and crimp.
Step 5: Brush with egg wash (1 egg yolk mixed with 1 TB water) and bake the filled Chinese-style empanadas for 15-20 minutes.
Note: You can brave a higher-fat version by frying the pocket pies in 3″ of canola oil. You can also use boneless chicken thighs for this recipe if you find chicken breasts too dry.
I credit Hair Artist, Michelle of the Aveda Institute, for stirring my Chinese food cravings. Yesterday, when she bleached and toned my roots, she initiated a conversation about Monterey Park eats. Then she transitioned into a discussion about duck sausage burgers in Long Beach. My mind stayed fixated on Monterey Park and all its Chinese pastries.
Happy 7th Day of Chinese New Year!