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BBQ Chicken Empanadas

  BBQ chicken empanada

When I was still living in Manila, I always had this craving for chicken empanadas and my mom would buy a boxful of this yummy pastries at Red ribbon bakeshop where we usually buy cakes for special occasions. Always hot from the oven, the aroma of the empanada would put me in a trance and I always had this smile on my face after eating one (or two!) My first take on empanadas happened when I had chicken leftovers from the BBQ chicken pizza that I made the night before, and decided to stuff them in a Pillsbury pie crust.  The result was surprisingly good!

When I make empanadas, I sometimes use the Pillsbury pie crust which tasted great with this recipe but you can also make your own pastry from scratch.  The amount of the ingredients is totally up to your liking; personally I love to put more BBQ sauce in the filling.

BBQ Chicken Empanadas
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken (leftovers are perfect)
  • 1/2 cup (or more) of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp ice water
  • chilled bowl
  1. Combine the chicken, onion, BBQ sauce and some of the cheese. You may choose to cook the red onions if you prefer. Add salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.
  2. For the pastry: Combine flour and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times. Add chilled butter; pulse 4 times or until mixture is crumbly. Transfer in a chilled bowl; make a well in the middle and incorporate 2/3 of the cold water. Use your hand as a whisk and twist, mopping up all the flour and butter together. Gradually add the remaining water until dough forms.
  3. Lightly flour the surface and gently knead the dough. Wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes before using.
  4. Dust the surface and the dough with flour and knead until the dough holds together. Roll the dough out into 1/3 – 1/2 inch thickness and cut into circles using 2 or 3 inch cookie cutter. (I used a 5 inch small plate for this)
  5. Roll out the dough again and cut into circles until you ran out. Mine yielded 5 circles of 5-inch of dough.
  6. To assemble: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out a cut circle and place 1 or two tbsp of the BBQ chicken filling slightly off center. Top with shredded cheese and fold over dough. Press to seal and crimp well with a fork. (Some people brush the outer edge of one side of the dough with egg wash before sealing it)
  7. Place on a baking tray. Brush a small amount of the BBQ sauce on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Repeat the process until all you have filled all the pastry discs.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust is brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.


BBQ chicken empanadas

BBQ chicken empanadas




15 Comments on BBQ Chicken Empanadas

  1. bookzine
    04.23.12 at 12:00 PM (3 years ago)

    Once again, good imagery. You should produce a cookbook if you have not already.

  2. Jessica
    04.23.12 at 3:51 PM (3 years ago)

    Oooh those look so yummy! And not too hard to make either. Thanks for sharing, I love empanadas.

  3. Kitchen Ninja
    05.08.12 at 7:02 AM (3 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting to try to make my own empanadas — this is great info and inspiration. (Found you via Tasteologie, btw)

    • Elaine
      05.08.12 at 9:18 AM (3 years ago)

      thank you! the first time I made these empanadas I couldn’t stop making them after! 😀

  4. Julia {The Roasted Root}
    05.08.12 at 8:14 AM (3 years ago)

    This is the best idea I’ve ever heard! I adore every empanada I have ever tried and I have not had the pleasure to taste a bbq chicken version yet. Great thinking!

    • Elaine
      05.08.12 at 9:15 AM (3 years ago)

      thanks julia! this idea came to me while I was making BBQ chicken pizza. My husband couldn’t get enough of this! thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Maria
    05.16.12 at 4:28 PM (3 years ago)

    Just made these tonight! I thought the pastry would be hard to make, but it was very easy! They came out great and tasted delicious! This is def. a “make again”!

    • Elaine
      05.16.12 at 5:54 PM (3 years ago)

      That’s awesome! glad you like ’em, and you can experiment with the fillings too! 😀

  6. Donna Amis Davis
    05.22.12 at 7:47 PM (3 years ago)

    Yum! Those look perfect!

  7. Silent H
    07.18.12 at 1:16 PM (3 years ago)

    These look and sound great! One to try soon.

  8. sara
    02.18.13 at 7:51 PM (2 years ago)

    These look totally fantastic! Love that filling. :)

    • Elaine
      02.19.13 at 10:09 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks sara!


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