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Empanadas De Pollo (Chicken Empanadas) Recipe

Empanadas De Pollo, or Chicken Empanadas, are savory hand pies filled with Mexican seasoned chicken, cream cheese, and corn that make great appetizers or a delicious weeknight dinner!
Course Appetizers, Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword Best Chicken Empanadas, Chicken Empanadas, Empanadas de Pollo, Savory Chicken Hand Pies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 166kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil (or cooking spray)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 clove)
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle chiles with adobo sauce (See note below)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 block)
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken (See note below)
  • 3/4 cup corn (fresh, frozen, or fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 each refrigerated pie crusts (1 box)
  • 2 tablespoons egg whites (to brush on empanada dough)


  • Spray a saute pan with non stick spray, or use a little oil, and to cook onion till translucent. 
  • Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add the chipotle, cream cheese and pepper jack cheese and cook till melted and combined.
  • Add the chicken and corn and heat for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Roll out the pie crust and use a large circle cutter or turn a bowl upside down and cut around it with a knife.
  • Place a large spoon of chicken filling in the middle.  Pinch the sides together, then use a fork and crimp the edges to seal well. Brush tops with egg white.
  • Place in the oven and bake till golden brown, about 18 to 20 minutes.Serve with sour cream and salsa.



  1. Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce - I recommend emptying the contents of a small can of Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce in a blender or food processor and processing until smooth. This creates a smooth sauce that can refrigerated or frozen. Then you can use a teaspoon or tablespoon of the chipotle sauce in recipes, as needed.
  2. Chicken - Feel free to use a rotisserie chicken, or leftover cooked chicken from another recipe, like Crock Pot Chicken Tacos, or Instant Pot Chicken Tinga, or Rotisserie Chicken Tenders.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg