Betty's Baked Chicken and Cheese Empanadas

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Sep. 26, 2013

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Baked Chicken and Cheese Empanadas. These empanadas have a wonderful Southwestern flavor, and they are bakednot fried!


Cooked chicken 3 Cup (48 tbs) , chopped
Sharp cheddar cheese 4 Ounce , finely shredded
Monterey jack cheese 4 Ounce , finely shredded
Cream cheese 4 Ounce , softened to room temperature
Canned pimento 2 Ounce , drained, diced
Canned green chile 2 Ounce , drained, diced
Chilli powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground oregano 1/2 Teaspoon
Pie crust dough 15 Ounce , refrigerated (1 sheet or more)
Water 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Cooking spray 1 Dash



1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Grease a baking pan with cooking spray.


For The Filling

3. In a bowl, put the cream cheese and beat it till fluffy. Add the cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese and continue to beat till combined.

4. Put in the green chillies and pimento. Mix well using a spatula. Season with cumin powder, oregano and chilli powder. Stir well till mixed. Put in the cooked chicken and mix well till all are well combined.

For The Empanada

5. Spread the pie crust sheet onto a floured flat surface. Sprinkle flour on it and roll it into thin sheet. Using a cookie cutter or glass, cut circles.

6. Take each circle and wet the edges with water. Put a heaped teaspoon filling in the center and fold the circle so that 2 edges meet. Press them gently to seal them. Using a fork press the edges to create a pattern and seal the edges further.

7. Place it on the greased baking sheet. Repeat this with all the filling a pie crust. Bake it in the oven for around 20 minutes. After 12 minutes into baking, remove it from the oven and flip them. Continue to bake for another 8 minutes or till they are browned. Remove from the oven.


8. In a serving plate, serve the empanadas hot with salsa, dressing or sauce.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 332Calories from Fat 116

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 23 g35.4%

Saturated Fat 10 g50%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 379 mg15.79%

Total Carbohydrates 17 g5.7%

Dietary Fiber %


Protein 15 g30%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet