Easy Chicken Empanadas

easy_chicken_empanadas_1Hello again Somewhat Simple readers! I have such a delicious recipe to share today. These easy chicken empanadas are fantastic, and so simple and quick to make too! They make a perfect snack or light dinner with a little salad. I think they would be an awesome addition to your Cinco de Mayo party next week, or a hit at any summer party!

easy_chicken_empanadas_4I really can’t say which part of these empanadas is my favorite… I can’t decide between the buttery pie crust and the warm creamy filling! I used my very favorite (and super easy!) cream cheese pie dough for this recipe, but you could easily use a store-bought pie dough and still have great results. The filling is so tasty and flavorful, and only takes a few minutes to mix together. My whole family loved these (even my picky little ones) and I will definitely be making them again. I can’t guarantee that they are authentic, but I can definitely say that they are super delicious!

Easy Chicken Empanadas

1 recipe (2 crusts) of pie dough (click here for my favorite easy recipe)

2 cups cooked shredded or chopped chicken (I used rotisserie)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup enchilada sauce

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (optional)

1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Roll out the pie dough and cut it into large circles (I used a 3 7/8 inch biscuit cutter, but you could use a small bowl instead). In a medium bowl, mix together the chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese, enchilada sauce, and jalapeño. Place a tablespoon-sized scoop of filling on each of the circles of dough, and fold the edges together. Crimp the edges with a fork or twist them together to seal the dough. Place on the prepared baking sheets and cut a slit in the top of each empanada, or pierce each with a fork a few times. Brush each empanada with the beaten egg. Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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Alicia S.

Alicia S.

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day. I’m also into photography and graphic design, and I love learning new things. I’d love for you to stop by The Baker Upstairs and say hi!
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