Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 13 mins

Tired of sandwiches for lunch? Try these little pies instead. They freeze well and pack in lunch sacks well. Make them smaller for appetizers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together first 8 ingredients, and refrigerate until ready to assemble empanadas.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out pie shells and cut into 4-inch circles (use all the pie dough by re-rolling scraps).
  3. Place approximately 2 tablespoons of chicken mixture in center of dough circles.
  4. Fold each circle in half and crimp edges with a fork.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and brush tops with egg yolks.
  6. Sprinkle top with mixed salt and chili powder.
  7. Bake 12-13 minutes at 400F degrees.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  9. Freezes well.


Most Helpful

Miss Annie, all I can say if yum!!!! I have been taste testing several appetizers for a shower I am throwing- Tested these on hubby & daughter and the said they were awesome. Really great flavor and very easy. This is truely one of the winners!

Just Cher May 28, 2002

UPDATE -- I made a half recipe of these again today, and they came out tastier. This time I used just under a cup of shredded chicken, and only a half cup or less of Monterey Jack (no cheddar this time). I moistened the mix with about a tablespoon of green taco sauce (La Victoria brand), and gave it a generous dose of chili powder and some salt. I used one green onion (next time I;; try red onion), and about a tablespoon of finely chopped tomato. What especially made them good this time, though: I remembered to brush 'em with egg yolk and sprinkle on the salt and chili powder, which adds flavor and makes them crisp. With 1 pie crust, I got 13 appetizers using a 3" round cookie cutter. (Someone more deft with a rolling pin might get one more.) 12 min. at 400° was just right. Excellent this time! Thank you, Miss Annie!

Meredith K. May 18, 2003

These are so good. I found Empanada circles in the frozen section of a latin market and they were very easy to use. they are called discos. I cut salt in half for the inside mixture and only used 1/2 tsp for the top. I will be making these again real soon.

M Calzada September 25, 2009

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