Chicken Empanada

Chicken Empanada is a type of pastry that is stuffed with chicken meat, potato, carrots, and sweet peas. This is made by placing the  filling in the middle of a flattened dough and sealing it by pinching and folding the edges. Similar types of Empanadas are also common in Spain and South America. In fact, the Cuban Picadillo almost resembles the Filipino Empanada in ingredients and taste.

Empanada can be fried or baked. This chicken empanada recipe is involves baking because it gives the crust more flaky texture. If you prefer your emapanada fried, you can always deep fry this chicken empanada.

Try this extra-ordinary Empanada recipe. Send us your feedback.

Chicken Empanada

Chicken Empanada Recipe



  • 1 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 piece medium-sized onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup potato, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 piece chicken cube
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil


  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp water, cold
  • 1 piece raw egg
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Make the Filing by pouring the cooking oil in a pan and then allow it to heat-up
  2. Once the oil is hot, saute the garlic and onions
  3. Add the chicken breast then cook until color turns light brown (about 5 minutes)
  4. Add water and chicken cube then simmer for 10 minutes
  5. Put-in carrots and potatoes and simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Add the green peas, raisins, and sugar then simmer for another 5 minutes
  7. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Turn off the heat, drain the excess liquid, and set aside.
  8. Make the dough by combining the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl starting with the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well using a wire whisk.
  9. Cut the butter into small thin pieces place in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.(the butter should be cold and solid before doing this)
  10. Add water gradually and mix all the ingredients thoroughly until a dough is formed. You may use a pastry blender to easen the process.
  11. Divide the dough into individual pieces by grabbing a piece from the whole mixture and rolling it in your hand until a spherical shape is formed. Do this until all the dough is consumed. Set aside in a cool place for at least 20 minutes
  12. Flatten the spherical dough py pressing it with your palm against a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten it fully while creating a round shape.
  13. Arrange about a quarter to half a cup of filling (the chicken that you cooked in the first few steps) at the middle of the flattened dough. Fold the dough so that opposite ends meet (you should have formed a half moon shaped dough)then press the edges and seal. (refer to the video for the technique)
  14. After all the fillings are consumed, crack the egg and separate the white from the yolk. Beat the egg white lightly and mix a little water.Glaze the crust by brushing the egg wash.
  15. Put a wax paper on top of a baking tray or grease the baking tray then arranged the sealed doughs.
  16. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Bake the sealed doughs for 25 minutes at the same temperature.
  17. Remove from the oven.
  18. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6

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  1. Theresa says:

    Peace be with you!

    I tried this recipe but instead of chicken i used ground beef and it was so yummy! i thought it was difficult but it was so easy. Thank you so much for sharing! Your website is so helpful.

    God bless!

  2. hi, I would be preparing this for my girls’ lunch.thanks for this recipe!

  3. Hi! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    I tried doing it last night and it turned out to be a good one!
    The only problem that I had is with the dough. Just like what the other review said, it was dry so it breaks when you’re about to fold them.
    I added 4 tablespoons more of cold water on the dough. And instead of using butter, I used crisco shortening. I also suggest letting the dough stand for about 30 minutes more before folding them with the filling.

  4. Made this recipe tonight. Yummy! My husband said that he liked it a thousand more times than what we got from Red Ribbon here in Arizona. Thanks PP! Will try more of your delectable Filipino recipes!

  5. eder4jesus says:

    Galing mo Kuya!
    Thank you so much.
    Our dinner for today.

  6. thanks for all the recipes…

  7. First time I tried this recipe and it came out PERFECT!! I will surely save this recipe. Thanks for sharing this!!! Dont you, guys, take ratings for the recipes you share?? I think you should coz it really helps people to decide whether to try it or not – just a suggestion. But anyway, I rate this one 5 out of 5 :)

  8. Len Yap says:


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    I was wondering if I can use my mixer (with the dough) attachment to make the dough? Hope to hear from you, as I am dying to try this out.

    Thanks and more power!

  9. thnx panlasang pinoy,dhil d2 ntutulungan nyo ko mkpg isip ng dpat ko lutuin bgo dumating c hubby! hehehe! thnx tlaga!..

  10. Sir is it possible to fry this instead of baking? i havent any oven you see.

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  12. lhexter abulag says:

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  13. Dear Panlasang Pinoy,

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  14. hi.. thanks for sharing this recipe with us. unfortunately, i do not have an oven right now. can i just fry this empanada? is the preparation very different from this one? do you have a video for frying empanada? thanks so much for your attention and help….. more power to you!

  15. Thanks alot, I will try to make one soon.

  16. i tried making chicken empanada. The filling was ok but was so disappointed with the dough. I did follow the recipe and the steps. I dont know what went wrong. The dough stuck in the wax paper and taste different… :(

  17. thank you sooooo much,you bless so many people, I learn to cook so many filipino food husband really like it.

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  19. MemiLiz says:

    thanks for sharing this recipe!tried it twice and still counting.. :) all time fav tlga!so happy that my husband bought me kitchenaid mixer, hirap kaseng mag-masa so now no sweats!hihi
    Thanks again.You’re heavent sent.

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  21. I like this Chicken Empanada wow delicious in my eyes

  22. I like all the filipino style recipe. Delicious and easy to cook.

  23. wow I just find out today the Panlasang Pinoy, thank you so much… very excited to try your recipes!!!

  24. WOW! looks good, i’ll try it one of these days. thanks

  25. roselle says:

    i want to try this kaso po yung oven ko d po aabot ng 400 degrees fahrenheit,ano ba ba ang dapat kong gawin kasi po i really want to try this favorite ko kasi ang empanada

  26. i’ve tried it and so turned well…thanks for the recipe!!!easy to follow!!!!!this is the first time and i loved it,gonna try your other recipe soon..thanks

  27. hhmmmm looks yummy,..kuya ask ko lang po, ok lng ba na gawin ko to sa gabi then baked in the morning?? or pag night ko siya bnaked crunchy p ba sya pag dating ng umaga??ibabaon ko sana sa work….

  28. i love your all recipe

  29. Jacinta says:

    I will be making chicken empanada tomorrow! :)
    Thank you for making your website! Gwabe gamit na gamit ko ang website mo :)
    God bless you! Keep it up! Keep the recipe coming! :)

  30. amen or i agree to this comment! You’re a blessing to a lot of people so for sure, the more God will bless ur life too for sharing to us those yummy recipes!!

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