Chicken Empanadas with Chimichurri

Hola!!!!… Going Mexican today…..

These are one of the best horderves for any kind of party. Many time I have had these spicy empanadas at my local Mexican grocery stores and wanted to make it at home. One great thing making at home is the spices and flavors can be adjusted according to my wish.

Another good news about these empanadas is they have been baked. Mostly the store bought ones will be deep fried, which I find is a bit greasy for me. I have made it bold in flavors and spices. They taste even better with the Chimichurri.

Chimichurri is a sauce served at room temperature with empanadas. They are tangy and packed with the flavors of parsley and cilantro. I think Chimichurri is a good combination for empanada as they are light and clean.

Ingredients :

Mexican grilled chicken - 1 cup finely diced (recipe follows)
Pie crust - 2 sheets
Red bell peppers - ½ cup finely chopped
Grilled corn or frozen corn - ¼ cup
Mexican cheese blend - 1 cup
Cream cheese - 4 ounce Soften
Southwest chipotle seasoning - ½ teaspoon
Jalapenos - 1 seeds removed or 3 Thai green chilies
Cilantro leaves - ¼ cup finely chopped
1 Egg for egg wash

Procedure : 

In a large bowl mix the diced chicken, red bell pepper, corn, cheeses jalapenos, seasoning and cilantro. Mix them well until the cream cheese mixes well with the whole mixture.

Defrost the pie crust overnight in the refrigerator or according to the packet instructions.
Flour the surface generously with flour and unroll the pie crust and cut 3 inch circles. Re-roll the pie crust and cut more circles as needed. Make sure all the circles are in even thickness. In the meanwhile wisk 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water for egg wash.

Now place around 1 teaspoon of chicken filling on the pie crust circle. Lightly brush the edges with little water.

Now fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal and form fluted edge. Repeat the same with all other circles.

Place these empanadas in a baking sheet lined with parchment. Brush them with the egg wash. and bake it for 20 mins or until the tops are golden brown in color.

Mexican grilled chicken:

Boneless and skinless chicken thighs - 2 lbs
Lime juice - 2 tablespoon,mm
Southwest chipotle seasoning - 1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper

Marinade the chicken with the above ingredients for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Grill the chicken either in a grill pan or in the 350 degree oven. (I did it in my grill pan) Let it cool and dice them finely.


Parsley - 1 handful
Cilantro - 1 handful
Oregano - 1 teaspoon (I used ½ teaspoon dried one)
Red pepper flakes - ¼ teaspoon
Lime juice - 2 tablespoon
Garlic - 1 clove
Olive oil - 2 tablespoon
Salt and pepper

Add all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse it. Little water can be added if needed. So not make it as a fine paste, little specks of cilantro and parsley is fine.

You may also like my:

   Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup        



  2. hi dear ,
    these empanadas looks awesome with the healthy dip chimichurri ...interesting names ...i will surely try veggie version of empanadas...


  3. lovely recipe with amazing clicks

  4. never made empanadas at home.. your looks soooo perfect and delish.. will love 2 try it sometime .. nice pics n lovely presentation..:-)

  5. Slurppp, absolutely delicious empanadas, looks fantastic..

  6. very delicious and colurful and tempting me here very much

  7. Looks looks yum ..tempting....nice clicks

  8. Wowo they look beautiful, perfect and so so yumm.

  9. Wow! Looks so flaky, yummy.
    There is an event going on in my blog, looking forward to your delicious entries:-)

  10. Thank u guys for ur comments....

  11. wow beautiful clicks dear :)...i love the name chimmichuri :) kinda cute :)

  12. No words to say...simple ur great dats it..
    chicken empanadas luks delicious and perfect... really very happy to follow u

  13. Chicken empanadas with chimichurri looks awesome. I made chimichurri buns. I love that sauce.

  14. Yummy! I can't help drooling! I'm so hungry!

  15. Thank u Nandini, Swathi, Guna and roopa for ur comments...

  16. woo i am drooling dear..loved ur presentation 2 a alot..

  17. never had this..but sure looks so good and tempting.

  18. Awesome they look..Am hungry again (just had my dinner!)

  19. Hi Sukanya, how are you? Drool worth the visit to your blog!!! I can substitute some veg masala as stuffing:)

  20. Thank u Suma, Pravs, Gulmohar and Sharmi for ur comments....

  21. This is a nice recipe full of flavor but easy at the same time... Kinda like semi-homemade :)



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