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Chicken Empanada
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5 from 3 votes

How to Make Chicken Empanada

This is I think the most popular kind of empanada, the chicken empanada. Either you can bake this empanada or fry it if you don't mind having a lot of grease in your meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chicken empanada
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Manny


Filling for Empanada:

  • 2 cups cooked flaked chicken meat
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cups diced potatoes cooked
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. curry powder optional
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered pepper
  • salt to taste

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour no need to sift
  • 1 tsp. fine salt
  • 6 Tbsp. water
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine chilled
  • 2 Tbsp. white sugar


    How to cook the filling for chicken empanada:

    • Saute onion, add all ingredients except milk. cook for 5 minutes, add milk and cook for another 3 minutes. Cool. Then use this filling to fill in dough.

    How to make the chicken empanada:

    • Mix sugar, salt and flour. Cut in butter using a blender or 2 knives until it resembles coarse cornmeal.
    • Sprinkle water and mix well with hand to form a ball. Knead lightly.
    • Sprinkle flour on a board and roll out dough into 1/4" thick.
    • Cut using a round cutter (a medium sized saucer can be used if there is no molder. Place saucer up-side down on dough and cut with a knife).
    • Then, fill each cut dough with 2 Tbsp. of sauteed fillings. Fold dough to form a half moon, press one end to the other.
    • Brush with egg yolk or milk. Arranged on a greased baking sheet.
    • Bake in a preheated oven about 350°F until the crust is golden brown.