Chicken Empanada: A Must-eat Pinoy Merienda

Empanada is a stuffed pastry that is either fried or baked. Can be served hot or cold, this pastry is popular in some parts of Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America.


The Filipino version of empanada contains beef, pork or chicken as the main ingredient. It is usually mixed with potatoes, raisins and other vegetables.

Check the recipe below and learn how to make this satisfying snack: 


  • 500g - 680g chicken thighs or breast, deboned and diced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 medium-sized or about 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium-sized or about 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup green peas (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 4 tbsp milk (optional)
  • 1 medium-sized egg
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pc chicken cube
  • About 1 cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • About 5 tbsp sugar
  • Water
  • Cooking oil


  • Pour 4 cups of water in a large pan. Add the chicken, chicken cube, carrots and potatoes. Bring to boil for a few minutes or until potatoes are half-cooked.
  • Reserve about 1.5 cups of stock. Set aside. And, strain the ingredients from the rest of the broth.
  • Place the carrots and potatoes on a separate container. Set aside.
  • For the chicken, debone and dice it. Set aside.
  • In a separate pan. Put in oil and butter in medium heat. Sauté garlic, onions and diced chicken for a few minutes. Add carrots and potatoes, sauté.
  • Pour in the reserved chicken stock, you can add milk and salt to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Sift flour over mixture. Stir until dry.
  • Remove from heat, let it cool.
  • While waiting for the filling to cool down, on a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • Add in chilled cubed butter and lard. Using a fork, squeeze the ingredients until it forms a crumb.
  • Add a tablespoon of ice cold water at a time, mix well.
  • Knead the dough and form it into a ball. Let it rest for about 15 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and it into your desired size using a round cutter.
  • Place the filling in the center and fold the dough. To seal the sides of the dough, crease it using a fork or your fingers. Repeat until all ingredients are finished.
  • On a baking tray, arrange the empanadas. Prick the top of the empanada using a fork and brush it with egg.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F, bake the empanada for about 30 minutes or until its color turns to light brown.


You can serve empanadas anytime of the day!