Spanish Chicken Empanadas


Indulge in the rich flavors of Spain with Iberian Delight Pockets: Spanish Chicken Empanadas. These empanadas are a perfect blend of flaky pastry filled with a savory mixture of chicken, vegetables, and traditional Spanish spices. Each bite offers a delightful crunch, leading to a warm, flavor-packed center, making them an ideal snack or appetizer for any occasion.

Spanish Chicken Empanadas

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes 12 empanadas
  • Serving Size: 1-2 empanadas per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Cholesterol: 30mg



  • 300g (10.58 oz) cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 12 empanada discs (store-bought or homemade)
  • For Brushing:
  • 1 beaten egg

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Filling: In a pan, sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Add chicken, tomato, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook until the mixture is well combined.
  2. Fill Empanadas: Spoon the filling onto each empanada disc. Fold the disc over and seal the edges with a fork.
  3. Brush and Bake: Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Brush the empanadas with beaten egg. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  4. Serve: Enjoy hot, perhaps with a side of salsa or sour cream.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Sealing Empanadas: Ensure the edges are well sealed to prevent the filling from leaking.
  • Customize the Filling: Feel free to add ingredients like olives, capers, or different spices.
  • Pastry Texture: For a lighter pastry, you can bake them; for a traditional texture, empanadas can be fried.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of meat?

Absolutely! Pork, beef, or even vegetarian fillings work great.

Can I make these in advance?

Yes, you can prepare and refrigerate them before baking or frying.

How do I store leftovers?

Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.