Making Empanadas de Pollo

By | October 19, 2022

Chicken empanadas are a delicious dish that can be enjoyed as a snack or as a main meal. They’re perfect for parties, potlucks, and picnics, and they’re easy to make ahead of time and freeze for later.

But what exactly are empanadas?

empanadas de pollo on plate

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Empanadas are hand pies made with dough that is filled with a variety of different fillings. The fillings can be sweet or savory, and they can be made with meat, vegetables, or cheese. The dough is then rolled out, filled, and crimped around the edges before being baked or fried.

There are many different ways to make chicken empanadas, but this recipe is my personal favorite. It’s easy to make and can be customized to your liking. And did I mention that it’s delicious?

Empanadas de Pollo are made with shredded chicken, salsa, and cream cheese, and they’re perfect for any occasion.

To make the dough, you will need: 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water

To make the filling, you will need: 

  • 2 cups shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

To make the empanadas, start by making the dough.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in the water until the dough comes together.
  • Divide the dough into two balls and wrap them in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Next, make the filling.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, salsa, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roll out one ball of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Use a biscuit cutter or a glass to cut out 3-inch circles.
  • Place the dough circles on a baking sheet and spoon the chicken filling into the center of each one.
  • Fold the dough over the filling and press the edges together with a fork to seal.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the empanadas are golden brown.

Serve warm with salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!