Mini-Chicken Empanadas

Mini-Chicken Empanadas
Latin American food is seriously one of my all-time favorite things to eat. I never get tired of eating it, and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Somehow I’ve gone my whole life without ever having empanadas, so when I came across a recipe for mini chicken ones, I knew I had to give them a try.

These would be a perfect party appetizer (or game day snack once football starts back up!), but TJ and I actually had some for dinner the other night. The shell is buttery and crusty and the filling is a little spicy, making for the perfect combination.

Printable Recipe
Makes about 18 empanadas

1 chicken breast
2/3 cup taco cheese, shredded
2 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tsp diced pickled jalapenos
2 tsp pickled jalapeno juice
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 pkg refrigerated pie crust
flour, as needed

Boil the chicken breast 10-15 minutes, or until no longer pink. Use two forks to shred the chicken completely.

In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, shredded cheese, cream cheese, jalapenos, jalapeno juice, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Unroll each pie crust. Dip a drinking glass in flour and use it to cut circles into the pie crust.

Place a heaping teaspoonful of the chicken mixture in the center of each circle.

Use a finger to brush the edges of each circle with water, then fold in half. Roll out any leftover dough and repeat until the dough is used up.
Mini-Chicken Empanadas

Place the empanadas on a lined baking sheet. Using the tines of a form, press the edge of each empanada to seal.
Mini-Chicken Empanadas

Bake at 400 for 12-15 until golden brown.
Mini-Chicken Empanadas

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Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

  • Kara
    June 13, 2014

    Those look delicious!

    • ashleynevis
      June 13, 2014

      Thanks, Kara! Super easy too, which is a great combo! 🙂

  • Cait
    June 13, 2014

    These look amazing! I am going to have to try them soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • ashleynevis
      June 13, 2014

      Thanks, Cait! Let me know how they turn out when you make them! 🙂

  • Stephanie
    June 13, 2014

    They seem so easy to make! I might have to try it!

    • ashleynevis
      June 13, 2014

      They’re super easy! I’d love to hear what you think if you make them!

  • Amberly
    June 13, 2014

    Yum, yum, yum!!!! but you already know how I feel about your food posts 😉

    • ashleynevis
      June 13, 2014

      These are a new favorite for sure – you’ll have to give them a try! 🙂

  • David Ryan
    June 19, 2014

    I love chicken empanada! Thank you. This is a super-easy recipe.

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