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Chicken Empanadas with Cheese & Potatoes

Ramon Solorzano
These chicken empanadas are perfect for families on the go.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings22 empanadas



  • Cooking spray
  • Flour as needed
  • 1 (13.8-oz. / 391 g) Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 1⅓ cup frozen diced potatoes precooked, thawed (W)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (W)
  • ½ cup shredded chicken
  • 1 large egg (W)
  • 1 tsp. water

Avocado Lime Crema

  • 1 avocado peeled and pitted (W)
  • 1 cup Mexican-style crema
  • 2 Tbs fresh lime juice (W)
  • ½ tsp. table salt


  • To make crema, in a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F / 205 degrees C. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • Lightly dust a clean surface with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll out pre-made pizza dough to ⅛-inch thickness. With a 3-inch round cookie cutter or the rim of a drinking glass, cut dough into 3-inch rounds. Repeat until all pizza dough has been utilized, re-rolling out as needed.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the thawed potatoes, cheese and shredded chicken and combine until evenly mixed.
  • Spoon about 1 Tbs. / 15 g of the chicken mixture into the center of each pizza dough round. Fold rounds in half to create an empanada shape, sealing the filling inside. Using a fork, press the edge of the empanada to seal tight. Place empanadas on a baking sheet.
  • Into a small bowl, crack the egg and add water and scramble to create an egg wash. Using a pastry brush, coat the outside of each empanada with egg wash.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the empanadas are golden brown.


  • Extra empanadas can be frozen and reheated for future lunches or dinners.
  • Using beans or extra cheese instead of chicken is a great option for vegetarian-friendly meals.
  • Diced potatoes can be purchased in the frozen vegetable section of your local grocery store. Shredded frozen potatoes can also be used in place of diced potatoes.
  • Purchasing a precooked rotisserie chicken and shredding is a great way to simplify this recipe.
  • Ingredients with a “W” next to them are WIC-eligible items. WIC is the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children in the United States. It provides food to families with pregnant or postpartum women and young children. WIC-eligible items will vary based on location.


Sodium: 255mgCalcium: 59mgVitamin C: 4mgVitamin A: 126IUSugar: 2gFiber: 1gPotassium: 115mgFat: 6gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 12gIron: 1mg
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