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Empanadas de Pollo (Easy Chicken Empanadas)

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Transform your leftover cooked chicken into these tasty empanadas de pollo. This delicious, crispy, and tender Mediterranean-inspired finger food is easy to make!


  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 empanada pastry discs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped green onions and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Mix in cooked chicken, salt, nutmeg, and black pepper; cook 1 minute more.

Arrange pastry discs on a flat work surface. Dab a little water along the edges. Place a large tablespoonful of chicken mixture in the center; fold pastry over and press with a fork to seal.

Transfer empanadas to the prepared baking sheets. Brush with beaten egg.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 20 minutes.

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Servings: 12 – Yield: 12 empanadas



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