Buffalo Chicken Empanadas

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Chicken Empanadas are the perfect food for a quick and easy weeknight meal or to bring as delicious party food.

If you’re like me and love all things involving Buffalo Chicken, you’re going to be obsessed with these!

A plate of buffalo chicken empanadas on a white plate.

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About Puerto Rican Baked Empanadas

In Central and South America, empanadas are super popular. Traditional Puerto Rican empanadas are some of my favorites. Fun fact, empanadas began in the Middle East before they became popular in Spain.

Why This Chicken Empanada Recipe is a Keeper

I love this recipe because it’s super easy to make and everyone is going to love this easy recipe.

  • 30 Minute Meal: From start to finish, these chicken empanadas will be done in 30 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: Make the empanadas with 8 easy ingredients. Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone in the family is going to love these.
  • Adaptable: Empanadas are super easy to adapt to your family’s likings. Assemble the empanadas in advance and freeze these meaty little pockets of delicious food for another day.

If you’re looking for more Mexican inspired recipes, try these Easy Baked Chimichangas, Simple Mexican Skillet and Easy Mexican Rice

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What is an empanada?

A plate with a plate of delicious hand pies.

Traditionally, empanadas are filled with meat, cheese and veggies. Try Cuban Empanadas for a different variation.

Variations and Substitutions for Chicken Empanadas Recipe

  • Making the Filling: Add some of your favorite chopped peppers into your savory empanadas. I like adding bell peppers and other fragrant peppers!
Shredded meat, cheese, sauce and dough for the dish.

How to Make Chicken Empanadas Recipe

To make this easy homemade chicken empanada recipe, you’ll need to follow these 5 simple steps.

These are the basic steps for making Buffalo Chicken Empanadas. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions. If you made this recipe, please leave your comments below.

A series of photos showing how to make empamadas with chicken.

STEP 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the chicken breast, wing sauce, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and blue cheese dressing in a bowl. Mix using a fork; set aside.

STEP 2: Pie Crust for the Empanada Dough Recipe

Unroll 1 pastry crust onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 15-inch circle. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles. Re-roll dough scraps as needed.

Repeat with the second pie crust until you have 12-15 circles total.

STEP 3: Juicy Shredded Chicken Empanada Filling

Add chicken filling in the center of an empanada, be careful not to over fill. Lightly brush the edges of each round with water.

Learn how to make delicious chicken empanadas with this series of instructional photos.

STEP 4: Fold and Press the Edges Together

Fold the dough over the filling into a half-moon shape. Use the tines of a fork to crimp the edges together to seal the empanadas. Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture.

STEP 5: Brush the Egg Wash & Bake

Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Brush the tops with egg wash. Place the empanadas in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Best Chicken Empanadas Recipe FAQs and Reader Interaction

They don’t have to be! You can customize the seasonings to make your empanadas milder or spicier but they are full of wonderful Puerto Rican flavor.

Chicken recipes are usually easy to store. Place the chicken empanadas in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. If you’d like to freeze them, put them into freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.

If frozen, thaw in the fridge overnight. Bake the empanadas at 400 until heated all the way through.

Chicken empanadas served on a white plate with a dip.

Expert Tips for Making This Empanadas de Pollo Recipe

  • Rotisserie chicken: Shred some rotisserie chicken from the store for the chicken empanada recipe.
  • Different Meat: Use a different kind of meat! Try making beef empanadas at home.
  • Making your own Empanada Dough: Making your own pastry dough or pie dough. can be super easy to do. Homemade empanada dough takes this recipe to the next level.
  • Add Vegetables: Add in your favorite veggies like onion and bell peppers for some more yummy flavors. Or a little kick of tomato paste and add garlic.
  • Spices: Go ahead and add other spices like cayenne pepper, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper – whatever you like!

What to Serve with Homemade Chicken Empanadas

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Buffalo Chicken Empandas

Yield: 12 pieces
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Chicken Empanadas are the perfect food for a quick and easy weeknight meal or to bring as a delicious party food.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 ½ cups Hot wing sauce
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 cup Blue Cheese dressing, get my recipe here
  • 15 ounce Pie crusts, 1 package
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix together the chicken, wing sauce, cream cheese, mexican cheese and blue cheese dressing in a bowl; set aside.
  • Unroll 1 piecrust onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 15-inch circle.
  • Using a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds.
  • You can re-roll dough scraps as needed.
  • Unroll second pie crust and repeat until you have 12-15 circles total.
  • Place 1 heaping tablespoon of chicken mixture in the center of each round. Be careful not to over fill.
  • Lightly brush the edges of each round with water.
  • Fold the dough over the filling into a half moon shape.
  • Press the edges with a fork to seal.
  • Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture.
  • Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash.
  • Brush the egg wash over the top of each empanada.
  • Arrange empanadas on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • Rotisserie chicken: Shred some rotisserie chicken from the store!
  • Different Meat: Use a different kind of meat! Try making beef empanadas.
  • Empanada Dough Recipe: Try this recipe to make your own delicious empanada dough.
  • Add Vegetables: Add in your favorite veggies for some more yummy flavors.
  • Spices: Go ahead and add other spices like cayenne pepper, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper – whatever you like!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1467mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic-inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients, and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible to the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

2 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Empanadas”

    • 5 stars
      They are FANTASTIC!!! I made them a little bit ago and it was a giant hit with my sister and her boyfriend and their friends!!

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