How to Bake Empanada

This is one of our favorite pastry – Empanada. There are different version of Empanadas in many countries. I love adding 1-2 thin strips of cheddar or Quick melt cheese. I don’t add hard boiled egg into it because I’m afraid it will get spoil fast. The tedious part is the dicing of vegetables and chicken. 
Filipino empanadas usually contain ground beef, pork or chicken, potatoes, chopped onions, and raisins (somewhat similar to the Cubanpicadillo) in a somewhat sweet, wheat flour bread. There are two kinds available: the baked sort and the flaky fried type. To lower costs, potatoes are often added as an extender, while another filling is kutsay, or garlic chives (kutsay in Cebuano and Tagalog; 韭菜 kú-chhài in Lan-nang). from Wikipedia. 

I love that this is baked. Makes me think that it’s a little healthier than the fried one :) This is a recipe adapted from which I tweaked a little to suit our taste. It is not oily and tastes good. You can make a whole bunch then put in the freezer for later. Great for unexpected guests coming over to your house. 


How to Bake Chicken Empanada

photo courtesy of Pyxie



  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar. I normally put extra. We want it a little sweet. I normally add 3 more tbsp.
  • 6 tbsp cold water
  • 1 piece raw egg
  • 1 cup cold butter. I put them in the freezer after slicing them into thin pieces.
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • cheddar cheese. You can put as much as you want. 

1 1/2 Boneless chicken breast, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1 cup potato, diced

1 cup carrot, diced

1 cup green peas

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp sugar. I also added more sugar until I reach my desi

1/2 piece chicken cube

2 tbsp cooking oil


Cook the filling

1. Saute garlic and onions in a heated pan with oil

2. Add chicken breast then cook until color turns light brown.

3. Add water then simmer for 10 mins

4. Add-in carrots and potatoes and simmer for 5  mins.

5. Add-in green peas, raisins and sugar.

6.Simmer for another 5mins.

7. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and drain excess liquid and set aside.

Making the dough

1. Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt). Mix them well.

2. Cut butter into small thin pieces. Add into the dry ingredients. (Butter should be cold and solid before doing this. Again, I put the sliced butter in the freezer)
3. Add water gradually and mix all the ingredients thoroughly until dough is formed.

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4. Divide the dough into individual pieces. No specific size. Refrigerate for 20mins

5. Flatten dough using a rolling pin creating a round shape.

6. Place filling in the middle. Fold so opposite ends meet.

7. Press the edges and seal using fork or use a puff molder.

8. Put Empanadas on wax paper on top of baking tray or grease the tray with oil.

9. Glaze the top Empanadas with egg white and water mixture. Beat egg white lightly and mix a little water about 2 tbsp.

10. Preheat Oven at 400 deg. F. for 10 mins. Bake the Empanadas for 25 mins.

11. Remove from oven. Enjoy!
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  • Kaz @ Melting Moments August 15, 2013, 5:28 pm

    OOOhh!! Thank you!! This recipe looks delicious and I’ve always wanted to try making empanadas! Kaz :)
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  • Dani @ See Hubby Cook August 16, 2013, 4:59 am

    Empanadas have been on my list of “must make” for ages. This may be just the push I needed to do it!
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    • Judy August 16, 2013, 6:41 am

      Hi Dani,

      Yeah, go for it. I know it is a little tedious to make but its worth it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! You’ve got a new follower :)


  • Diana Ann Bisares August 16, 2013, 8:42 am

    Hi Judy! I’m a new follower. As soon as I saw your picture, I thought: “Is she Filipino?”

    Anyway, I love this recipe, and I guessed I’m going to make them next week. Will definitely be reading more of your other posts. :)
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    • Judy August 17, 2013, 12:16 am

      Hi Diana,

      Yep, Pinoy na Pinoy po. Yeah, you should try it sometime and let me know the result :) Following you back via Pinterest and G+ :) Thank you for visiting and see you more often.

      May I ask are you in Phils or abroad? :)


  • Danielle August 16, 2013, 12:43 pm

    That looks scrumptious! Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party! Happy Friday!!

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  • Carole August 16, 2013, 3:10 pm

    Lovely work, Judy! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday over at Carole’s Chatter which is creating a collection of pie and tart recipes? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already some great pies and tarts linked in. Cheers

  • Kelley August 17, 2013, 1:24 pm

    Hmmm. This looks great! I bet my kids would love these too!

    Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday! Im going to feature this tomorrow in a dinner round-up! Thanks for sharing! :)
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  • Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats August 18, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Wow Judy, these look awesome. Empanadas are definitely one of my favorites too! I have always been afraid to make because they seem intimidating, but you make them look easy! Pinning. Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays! :)
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    • Judy August 20, 2013, 11:15 pm

      Oh me too :) I thought it is difficult to make but actually it is not :) Thanks for the pin Krista :) I appreciate it.

  • Erin @ Table for 7 August 20, 2013, 10:32 am

    We are crazy chicken eaters at our house and I’m always looking for new recipes..this is great! So simple and filling too. I found your site at the bebetsey party and wanted to invite you to my new weekly linky party Share Your Stuff Tuesdays. It’s on the blog now..hope we can see you there :)
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  • Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) August 21, 2013, 9:01 am

    This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

    • Judy August 22, 2013, 5:44 am

      Hi Ladies,

      Thanks for the invitation. Heading over now to the party :)

  • Christina at SWEET HAUTE August 21, 2013, 8:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing!!!!….showing love from the Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share link up party!!!

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  • Lisa@ Cooking with Curls August 21, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I have only had sweet Puerto Rican empanadas, so I can’t wait to try these. They look delcious! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Have a great week and please join us next Friday.
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    • Judy August 22, 2013, 2:36 am

      Hi Lisa,

      Thank you so much for the pin. I really appreciate it. Thank you too for hosting the party. Have a great week too :)

  • Bonnie @ The Pin Junkie August 22, 2013, 6:33 pm

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe at The Pin Junkie Link Party! It was featured this week. I hope you’ll stop by to grab a featured button at
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    • Judy August 23, 2013, 7:42 pm

      Hi Bonnie,

      Thank you so much for the feature. Yep, I’ll be grabbing your featured button soon.

      Have a nice weekend!


  • Jessica August 23, 2013, 8:39 am

    I love empanadas!!! My mom always buys them from a friend but now I can try making empanadas myself for my mom! Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from Get Crafty and now following you via Google+! :)

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    • Judy August 23, 2013, 1:06 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      Yeah, you should try it. I am sure your Mom would love it :) Added you back in G+ :)

  • Carrie August 23, 2013, 10:53 am

    Oh, that sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!!
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    • Judy August 23, 2013, 1:02 pm

      Hi Carrie,

      You are welcome and thank you also for hosting the party. I appreciate the visit :) Have a nice weekend.

  • Tumbleweed Contessa August 25, 2013, 4:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend. This has been on my list of things to try. I like how you’ve filled it.
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  • Lauren August 29, 2013, 8:25 am

    Looks yummy – and i love that it’s baked instead of friend! Mmmmmm…
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    • Judy August 30, 2013, 5:38 am

      Yep, I agree Lauren. Thanks for checking out my Baked Empanadas recipe.


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