Filipino Chicken Empanada Recipe

February 26, 2008
(Last Updated On: September 1, 2013)

Filipino Chicken Empanada is great  for a meal on the go.

Filipino Chicken Empanada Recipe is a favorite snack and party fare that you can serve hot or cold. I always thought making empanada was difficult but after baking Apple Pie, Empanada is a breeze.

Empanadas are delicious no matter how you serve them, and they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner, appetizer or snack. Here is an easy Chicken Empanada recipe that uses baking.

Makes 20 puffs Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time: 20 mins

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Filipino Chicken Empanada Ingredients:

Chicken Empanada Filling:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 kg chicken thighs, deboned and diced
  • 2 med. potato, cut into small cubes
  • 1 med. carrot, cut into small cubes
  • 1 chicken, bouillon cubes
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 med. onion, minced
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp. milk (optional)
  • ½ cup flour, sifted + extra for dusting
  • salt to taste

Dough/Crust :

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup butter, chilled & cubes
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 6-7 tbsp. icy cold water,
  • 1 egg, for egg wash

Chicken Empanada Instructions:

To make the Empanada Filling:

  • In a large pan add 4 cups of water, then add the chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and chicken bouillon cube.
  • Boil it until potatoes are half cooked, next strain the ingredients in a colander reserving 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock for later use.
  • When it’s cool-off add potatoes and carrots in a separate bowl and set aside. Skin, debone and diced the chicken and set aside.
  • In a large frying pan heat oil and butter then saute garlic, onions and diced chicken for about 3 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and carrots saute for another 2 minutes, then add the reserved chicken stock, milk, and a pinch of salt.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, then sift flour over the mixture and stir until dry. Remove from fire then let it cool completely.

To make the Filipino Chicken Empanada Crust:

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl. Add in chilled and cubes butter and lard or vegetable shortening. Using a fork or hand pinch together until it forms a crumb. Add ice cold water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix well. Knead the dough for 3 minutes and form a ball.
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes before using. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut dough into your desired size, using empanada cutter, or a cookie cutter or any available round cutter you have.
  • Place filling in the center and fold dough over to the opposite side. Crimp the dough with fork or with your fingers to seal the edges and repeat procedure until done. Place chicken empanada on a baking tray, prick each empanada with fork and brush with egg wash.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 375F, for about 30-40 minutes or until lightly brown. Time varies depend on the size of your empanada.


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    Chloe Crabtree
    June 12, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I have never thought of chicken empanadas, I love beef ones, but these sound great!

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    Sara Trojaniello

    March 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Wow! A new idea to cook chicken! 🙂

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    September 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Holy delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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    Laurie - Steals and Deals for Kids

    September 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    These look delicious!!! I want to try this!!

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    kim propp

    September 1, 2013 at 7:51 am

    My brother lives in Bohol and has an orphanage there among other things. I miss his chicken adobo so I am going to be happy that I’ve found your page. Thanks for this great recipe!

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    September 1, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Yummy! Waters my mouth ;D

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    January 24, 2010 at 7:12 am

    chicken empanada is my favorite snack.
    now i can try this recipe on my soare time.

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    August 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    i will try to make this recipe.empanada is my favorite.

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    December 31, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Having the chicken cubed made the filling a little too airy and I found the crust recipe a little too doughy. It could be something I did. (Not a very experienced cook) but I think ground chicken would be a little fuller and would allow the filling to stand up against the crust.

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    November 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm


    I want to try this recipe. Do you have any tips how to make the dough perfect. I haven’t tried baking apple pie, so I don’t know. Do I need to knead it?

    By the way, I like your site. It’s really informative.

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