Chicken Empanadas

Deliciously Easy

Empanada that is cut open

Ingredients Needed

  • Empanada dough
  • Shredded chicken
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chicken bouillon
  • Egg
  • 1/4-1/3 cup of water


1) Cook Chicken

  1. Choose your cooking method.
  2. Cook chicken with olive-oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Shred chicken on cutting board or safe location.
  4. Separate chicken in bowl/plate for later use.

2) Make Filling

  1. Wash and dry produce
  2. Dice onions, peppers, garlic, and cilantro.
  3. Heat a medium to large pan with olive oil at medium to medium-high heat.
  4. When pan is warm, add onions and peppers.
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes or once the veggies start to get fragrant.
  6. Add shredded chicken, bouillon, tomato paste, garlic, cilantro, onion-powder, and garlic-powder to pan.
  7. Stir and simmer mix.
  8. Once ready empty mix into container and place in fridge.(The longer the better, 1 day for best results).

3) Fill and Bake

  1. Mix your water with 1 egg in a small cup to make egg wash.
  2. Fill dough with your filling (Not too much).
  3. Fold and seal empanada fully
  4. Lightly coat empanada in egg wash (A brush can ease the process if available).
  5. Place empanada on oven safe pan to be baked.
  6. Repeat this process til you have made all of your empanadas.
  7. Once done bake empanadas for 35 minutes at 375 ℉.
  8. Let empanadas cool off for a few minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

Before you start

  • PreHeat Oven: 375 ℉
  • Cook-Time: 35 Minutes
  • For your dough, you can buy ready to be cooked empanada dough from the store or you can make your own dough. But to make your own dough you will need to look-up recipes for that online.
  • For your chicken any cooking method would suffice. Some methods that work well are pan/skillet, poach, and baking. Just keep in mind this may influence how you season your chicken.

Before you Eat

Growing up Cuban, empanadas and other pastelitos were something that I eat a lot and absolutely loved. Different Latin cultures have their own take on an empanada, meaning they come in many shapes and flavors. This recipe is a good start and I welcome you to make changes or add ingredients to fit your taste! Recently my girlfriend and I visited her sister and brother-in-law at their new home. While we were there, they cooked us some delicious empanadas which reminded me of my childhood watching my mom and other family members cook them. After this my girlfriend and I started cooking these at home ourselves and is why I decided to share this recipe with you.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and please feel free to let me know how it was! A good site that I personally have used in the past to find free recipes is The Modern Proper. I recommend their recipe for Chicken Empanadas.