Some substitutions in a pinch
The Mixed Stew crew suggests substituting small chunks of boneless chicken breast meat for the drumsticks to lessen the calorie count. If you’re pressed for time, use canned chicken meat to speed things up a bit. You can use regular rice instead of cream of rice but remember to account for the large and whole rice grains. We’ve also had Guam empanadas made with pieces of pork and even crab bits. Lastly, try baking these babies instead of frying them for healthier empanadas.