Chicken Empanadas

Total Time:
55 min
40 min
15 min

12 to 15 empanadas

  • 3 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • 1 (8-ounce) package shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
  • Water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine the chicken and next 7 ingredients. Unroll 1 piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 15-inch circle. Cut out rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat procedure with remaining piecrusts, making 12 to 15 circles total. Arrange 1 round on a clean, flat surface. Lightly brush the edges of crust with water. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of the round. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture. (Up to this point, the recipe can be made ahead and frozen for up to 1 month). Arrange empanadas on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

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I did have too much filling but the flavor was good. Serve with Salsa and it'll taste even better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As someone from Argentina, where empanadas are much more common thing, I give you ladies and men, a tip: Add some tomato purée to the filling, it won't only "un-dry" it, but it'll taste even better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dry and bland.. I'm going to try to remake with some other Ingredients in it item not reviewed by moderator and published
Disappointed. Paula's ingredients & directions didn't make sense in this one. Please note 3 CUPS of chicken PLUS other 7 ingredients, but 1 package of only 2 pie crusts? I had too much chicken filling for only 2 pie crusts. Also, dryness was present obviously. When I took a bite of these empanadas, I definitely needed a glass of water or dipping sauce on the side for redemption! I would recommend a real Spanish recipe of empanadas that is more authentic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!!! i just added a green bell pepper too, and the consistency was much better!!! iv made them more times then Paula her self!!! ; item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were Amazing! I did a few different things though. I bought 2 packages of the goya empanada precut frozen rounds so it would be easier. I shredded a rotisserie chicken, and added garlic, onion, taco seasoning (only a little and diced up green olives and put a few in each one! The olives were a nice touch! too much taco seasoning may make it taste less traditional. The cumin, salt and pepper with the Extra ingredients I added would have been just fine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little on the dry side when prepared as the recipe suggests. I will definitely look at some of the other suggestions made by users next time! Dry, but still delicious! The inside just needs a little something extra.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were awesome! I did add a few ingredients as well as a dipping sauce. They are a little bland alone. I added 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning, a tablespoon of cilantro, 1/4 cup of onion and 1 chopped jalapeño to the mix. I made a jalapeño cream sauce made from 2 seeded jalapeños, 1 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup mayo, 1 garlic clove, juice of one lime, 1 tablespoon olive oil. Blend all together. As another review mentioned, you will need two packages of pie crust. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect as is. I did need to use additional pie crust as others have said. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are always a big hit when I make them. My family and friends all love them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks! My husband is also from Argentina and I always put tomato paste in my beef empanadas. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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