My Most Requested Dish: Filipino Chicken Empanada



This baked chicken empanada is the food that I get the most requests for. I started learning how to cook during my first year of being married. During that time, Panlasang Pinoy (a Filipino food recipe site) was the first place I would get all the Filipino food recipes to cook for Brent and myself. Now, I make these dishes and treats for everyone! I love to share food snaps on my Instagram, and I’m very excited to share photos of these delicious baked chicken empanadas that I made, here on my blog. People who have tasted them always love the taste of the dough, and the combination of chicken, carrots, green peas, potatoes, and craisins (You can also use raisins). Empanadas were only my “merienda” or “snack” when I was in the Philippines, but Brent loves them so much that sometimes this snack becomes our dinner. If you are looking for a more complete meal, a side dish of salad goes well with it too. Brent and I love to use Sriracha, an Asian hot sauce, for our empanadas. They are so good together!! Here are the ingredients and instructions that I used from Panlasang Pinoy.





Prep time15 mins

Cook time

40 mins

Total time

55 mins

For Filling:

  • 1½ lb boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 piece medium-sized onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 cup potato, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • ¼ cup raisins (I used craisins instead)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ piece chicken cube
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

For the dough:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoon water, cold
  • 1 piece raw egg
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder



  1. Make the filling 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, craisins, and 1 teaspoon sugar then simmer for another 5 minutes
  7. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon 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, 4 tablespoon. sugar, baking powder, and ½ teaspoon 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 ease 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. (I like to wrap it with clear wrap and set aside inside the fridge)

my-most-requested-filipino-chicken-empanada-1 12. Flatten the spherical dough by pressing it with your palm against a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten it fully while creating a round shape. my-most-requested-filipino-chicken-empanada-2
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.



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. Bake the sealed doughs for 25 minutes at the same temperature.

17. Remove from the oven.

18. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Have you tried Filipino empanadas before? Have you tried other kinds? Share your thoughts and comments, I love reading them. 🙂

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