Chicken Empanadas

Do you have those moments where you get all messy in the kitchen? Well, I do. Not to be ashamed of it, I always make a lot of mess. It’s fun making a mess. I know you agree with me. 😀 What’s not fun is to clean up. Who else hates cleaning up?

For today’s Fiesta, I am bringing you something from my ‘Filipino cravings’ list. Another one satisfied – happy me and happy tummy! 😀


So I had this one whole day where I did not oblige myself to run that much of errands – just the usual dusting and sweeping off dirt. I was feeling a little hyper most of the time on that day so I figured out I want to make something that requires more time than the usual.

After taking a shower and get dressed, I prepared all the ingredients and equipment I need. While dealing with the flour to make the crust, I was using a pasty mixer. As I was mixing, the pasty mixer slid down because I was holding it on the handle only. You know what happened – I got flour all over my shirt and on the floor. I got flour powder after I took a shower, that’s great! 😀 After having flour powder, I decided to hold the pastry mixer on the handle with my thumb on the side and carefully mixed it. I was so grateful that I finished mixing without showering with flour. Well, I don’t usually get flour all over me… just this time. Uhm, only when I am dealing something with a crust.


While filling the crust, I got really bored. You know me – I don’t want to make the same thing for a long time. Sitting (or standing in my case), holding the crust to put the filling, and seal. Repeat. Before I lose my sanity with boredom, I noticed that MP3 player was turned off. So, I turned it on and continued with the process. At least the music helped to keep me sane while filling the remaining crust. 😀

Chicken Empanadas

  • Servings: about 30 small Empanadas
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the filling: 

  • 1 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 piece chicken cube
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

For the dough:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp water, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

You also need egg white and little water for the egg wash


For the filling: 

  1. In a skillet with medium heat, add in cooking oil.
  2. Sauté garlic and onion until fragrant.
  3. Add in chicken breast and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add water and chicken cube, simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add in carrots and potatoes, simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add green peas, raisins and sugar, simmer again for another 5 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Turn of the heat and place the mixture on a strainer to excess liquid, if there is. Set aside.

For the dough: 

  1. In a bowl, add dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add in small cubes of cold butter.
  3. Using a pastry mixer, mix the cold butter with the dry ingredients until crumbly.
  4. Gradually add cold water and using your clean hands, mix to combine everything until dough is formed. If you feel that your dough is losing its shape, you may refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  5. Take a small portion of dough and form them into a ball, flatten until you get a flat disk. (You can also divide the dough into two, shape into a very flat disk and cut a smaller disk that will serve as the ‘pocket’ for you filling using s round cookie cutter)
  6. Fill the dough with the cooked filling. Take the edge of the dough to the opposite side so you can close the empanadas. You will get a half-moon shape this time.
  7. Press the edges using a form to totally close them. Do this to the rest of the dough and filling.

Baking the empanadas:

  1. Beat egg white until foamy. Turn off the beater and add little water.
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush the crust with the egg wash.
  3. Place the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Source recipe: Panlasang Pinoy

Note: I used 4 inches round cookie cutter and made about 30 small Empanadas.

I was standing for long and my back ached when I made these, but when it’s finally baked, wow! I really loved how cute and delicious they were. (Don’t ask, I love putting the filling in a standing position – I feel sleepy and bored when I sit.) I have made this using the same recipe but these yummies are more beautiful the second time around. ❤thenotsocreativecook-Empanada3

I have not used all the filling so I ate the remaining with the love of my tummy – sunny side up! 😀

Oh! By the way, I think my feet will take me away from the party for… not too long. I will be back as soon as I can and catch up with you all later. Have fun and enjoy!


Have you ever been to the Fiesta? If not, it’s time to join now. Click here for the guidelines. 😉 Thank you, Angie, for hosting this lovely and fun party! ❤


In case you missed my treat for my first blogiversary happened on April 23rd, please click here to see what I had brought as my treat for you. I promise, you’ll enjoy them! 😉

Happy Fiesta Friday to everyone!!


91 thoughts on “Chicken Empanadas

    1. Yay! Please let me know if you do make these! 🙂 They are just yum! I was just thinking of making these over the weekend, but I did not find time. 😦

      I am glad that you stopped by. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  1. Your many empanadas look freaking delicious too! Yum yum Yummm! I always play music when I cook or bake, make me happy & gives me energy too! 🙂

    1. Ahhh! When I still feel bored when cooking/baking, music is the answer to keep me ‘alive’. 🙂 I am glad you stopped by, Sophie! ❤

    1. I’ve thought about that. 😀
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for following my blog. Looking forward to following yours! 🙂 Have a wonderful week! 😉

  2. Jhuls, you are so funny! I also hate the cleaning up part of cooking. It’s terrible and takes forever!! Anyhow, your empanadas look so darn tasty! I wish I had a few right now!

    1. I’ve never met a cook who loves cleaning up! 😛
      Thank you, Patty! I wish I could send you some! Have a pleasant week! ❤ Hello to Bailey!

  3. Jhuls… your empanadas are perfection. Oh my goodness.. they’re browned perfectly, beautifully shiny, and the filling is to die for!! Wow… this is a recipe that I’m printing right now so that I can try it one of these days!! Love this…and they’re so perfect to bring to Fiesta Friday’s table!! Thanks so much for joining us!! ❤ xoxo

    1. Thank you so much for this wonderful message, Prudy!! ❤ I hope you get to try this and let me know your thoughts. The pastry was sweet, as well as the filling – its's really to die for!! 😀 I've never loved Empanadas as much as I love these. 🙂

    1. Really put my heart and soul in making these! 😀 Thank you, Naina. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

      PS: My younger sister’s nickname is Naina. 😉

  4. Empanadas are one of those items that I LOVE and always say I’m going to make and never have…. I think that I have a empanada recipe collection as well!! Yours look so tasty! Inspiring! 🙂

    1. You are not alone with having a collection of one dish – I do have as well. 😀 Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  5. Oh how I love empanadas! Your pastry looks fantastic, but if you ever want a shortcut, I discovered that Goya sells empanada wrappers in the freezer section of my local grocery store 🙂

    1. Where is your local grocery store located,btw? I am in the Philippines! 😀 Anyway, thank you for the info and for coming over. Have a wonderful weekend to you! 🙂

    1. Yes, we do have Empanadas in the Philippines and this version is sweet because of the raisins. I wonder how Empanadas in South Africa tastes like. 🙂 Thank you for coming over, Saucy! Wishing you a lovely weekend! 🙂

  6. Hi Jhuls! It really is great to meet you. Thanks for sharing the recipe – it looks wonderful. I totally feel you – I hate doing one thing over and over (rolling balls, patties, etc) but when I do, it turns out pretty well (I can use it for more than one meal lol) and I don’t feel as bad. I loved your story about the flour – I’ve had my own awkward moments that I can look back on and laugh about now (although the cleaning up at the time wasn’t that funny) 🙂

    1. I wonder who likes doing the same thing over and over again. Ah! I know somebody – my close friend! 😀 I was trying to get ‘clean’ that day and all I got was the flour thing. It was funny, though! And yeah, the cleaning up really did not sound interesting at all. 🙂 Thank you, Indira! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  7. Is it possible to use flour without it getting everywhere??!! I like the idea of you jigging to your music whilst filling the pastries ☺️☺️☺️ Lovely stuff honey xx

    1. I am trying, Elaine… I always am! But I think the flour always loves to play. 😀

      Ahhh… music is my best friend when I am alone doing my stuff at home. 🙂 Thanks for being here, Elaine! Enjoy your weekend and in your new venture on Foodbod! 😉

  8. OMG! You made empanadas! Give me, give give me… he he he….I love empanadas, Jhuls. Definitely a delicious post. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 There will be no leftovers for sure. Have a lovely day! 🙂

    1. I made Empanadas with all my heart and soul, haha! Of course, you can take it all you want! 🙂 Have a lovely day to you as well. ❤

  9. So glad you brought these to the party! I had some very disappointing empanadas earlier this week and I’ve been craving a really good one and yours look absolutely perfect!

  10. ha ha the flour could have been me! I always make a terrible mess when I try to bake anything! 🙂 But it looks like your efforts paid of with some beautiful and delicious looking empanadas!

    1. Ahhh… the flour powder and feeling so tired with the filling stuff? I should really get good results. 😀 Well, I am glad I did! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  11. That sounds delicious!! And I always make a mess when I bake…flour everywhere- even if I tell myself at the start I am going to try to stay as clean as possible. The other day I scrubbed my kitchen of all the flour powder that has accumulated and was shocked to see the red of my stand mixer shine through. Keep calm and mess on! =)

    1. Haha! Thank you, I am not alone! 😀 Sometimes I also plan to be clean just before I do my thing in the kitchen, but I always fail on that!

      You might be so happy when you see that your stand mixer is in fact… red! 😀

      Thanks a lot for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!

  12. Oh Jhuls, one of my favorite recipe for summer time, I can eat all the plate. This recipe remind me my childhood with my cousins (joy and fun). Have a great weekend 🙂

  13. Me Jhuls! Me! I hate cleanup! 🙂 Laughing really hard about the “flour powder” after your shower! We are like twins Jhuls! 🙂 These look so cute, by the way! And sound delicious! Great choice for Fiesta Friday!

          1. Too many “serious” cooking shows….ours would be a “comedy!” I am seriously laughing out loud just thinking about it!

          2. That’s what I’m thinking! 😉 We would give them great amounts of laughter and really great tasting food! That’s a pretty wonderful combination if you ask me! 🙂

  14. These look really cute and delicious Jhuls. I have never made an empanada before but this looks like a recipe I should try. And I am with you in that I get bored too doing fillings for dumplings or puff pastries etc. Such things should be done when you have company – Nothing like two women chatting and doing such things! 🙂

    1. Ahhh… Yes!! I totally agree!! Having somebody with you while doing such things makes life easier! 😀 But doing it alone? Gahh! It’s the most boring time in the world! Haha!

      Thank you so much for coming over. Please do let me know when you try this. 🙂 And please, have somebody with you on that time. Have a lovely Fiesta! ❤

    1. Hiiii, Kloe!! 😀 I am so glad to see you, too!!

      My first empanadas did not turn so pretty as these. 😀 Thanks for being here, Kloe! Have a wonderful time and have fun! ❤

  15. Jhuls, let me take about a dozen of those empanadas off your hands! They are so perfectly browned and stuffed to perfection. I don’t think I’ve seen the raisins in empanada filling before, but bet it adds a nice sweetness to the filling. Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Oh! I really love raisins being added to dishes – even main dishes! 😀 You remind me to update the recipe as I did not follow the source recipe – I used 3/4 cups. 😀

      Thank you, Ngan! Have a lovely Fiesta! ❤

    1. Hmmm, I think we all hate cleaning up!! 😀 Ahhh, that will be great, Ada – to have somebody else clean up! 😀

      Thank you, Ada! I am really delighted that you stopped by! I hope all is well with you! Have a fab day! 🙂

  16. These look so good Jhuls…from the browned and shiny pastry to the delicious filling. Yummy! You’re spoiling us at Fiesta Friday. 🙂 Me? Messy in the kitchen? Hate cleaning up? …Everyday for both! :-/

    1. Do all people love to cook hates cleaning up their mess? 😀 Thank you so much, Nancy!! Have a pleasant day and enjoy the Fiesta! ❤

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