Roast Chicken Empanadas

Roast Chicken Empanadas
Prep Time:
40 mins
Rise Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
16 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 recipe Empanada Dough

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped (2 cups)

  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped (1 cup)

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 1 ½ teaspoon curry powder

  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • 5 ½ teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken

  • 1 ½ teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 ½ teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

Empanada Dough

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¾ cup rendered lard*

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Prepare Empanada Dough and let rise. Meanwhile, In a medium saucepan combine the potatoes, apples, garlic, curry powder, and coconut milk. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Mash potato mixture with a fork. Fold in olive oil, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir in chicken, cilantro, and Parmesan.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Divide the dough into 24 pieces by rolling into a long thin log and cutting into equal portions. Shape into balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll one ball into a 4-inch circle. Prick with a fork. Brush the edge very lightly with egg wash*, then spoon a slightly rounded tablespoon of filling onto the center. Gently fold in half. Press the edges closed with a fork. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

  3. Prick each empanada once or twice with a fork. Bake until they begin to color, about 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Remove from the oven, brush lightly with the egg wash. Return to the oven and bake until the empanadas are golden brown, about 1 to 3 minutes more.

Empanada Dough

  1. Bring the milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the lard and butter. Let stand until melted and mixture is around 105°F to 115°F (about 10 minutes). Add the yeast; stir to dissolve. Let stand for 10 minutes or until foamy.

  2. Mix 2 1/2 cups of the flour and salt together in a large bowl; make a well in the center. Pour the wet ingredients into the well. Using your hands or a wooden spoon, start pulling the flour into the wet ingredients until you've combined the wet and dry and made a ball of dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, kneading in remaining flour as needed. Place the dough into a buttered bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Punch dough down.

*Egg Wash:

For egg wash, whisk together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl.

Our empanada dough calls for rendered lard, which is a melted-down pig fat available at butchers and Mexican markets. Alternately, you can use drippings from cooking 2 slices of bacon, then add enough butter to make 3/4 cup.


If you can't find rendered lard, render the fat from 2 slices bacon and add enough butter to make 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2.8mg 14%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 109mg 2%
Folate, total 34.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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