Chicken Empanadas

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  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 25 min
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1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onions


Crushed red pepper

1/2 pound skinless chicken breast, finely chopped

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup chopped black olives

1/2 cup chopped green pimento stuffed olives

3 tablespoons seedless raisins, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained

2 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped

Empanada dough, recipe follows

Empanada Dough

1 cup masa harina

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

1 tablespoon lard

1 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Season with salt and crushed red pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the chicken. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and turn into a mixing bowl. Add the garlic, green onions, olives, raisins and eggs. Season with salt. Mix well. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a circle, 1/8-inch thick. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut the dough into individual circles. Press the remaining dough together and repeat the above process. Preheat the fryer. Place about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle. Lightly wet the edges of the dough with water. Fold the dough over, forming a half-moon, using your fingers, seal the edges completely and crimp the sides of the dough. Place the finished empanadas on a parchment lined baking sheet. Fry in batches until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt. Serve warm on a large platter. Garnish with parsley. Yield: about 1 1/2 dozen empanadas

Empanada Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the masa harina, flour, cornmeal and baking powder. Season with the salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Cream in the lard and add the water a little at a time, working the mixture until all is completely incorporated. Using your hands, form the dough into a log about 12 inches long by 3 inches across and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  2. Difficulty: Intermediate