Chicken Series: Chicken and Corn Empanadas

Chicken and Corn Empanadas

Today we are going to make Chicken and Corn Empanadas. Empanadas, which come from the Spanish word for “bread,” are baked or fried turnovers made from bread, pastry, phyllo, or even pizza dough. Find out why empanadas, the Spanish hand-held meal-in-a-pocket, are enjoyed from Buenos Aires to Miami!. So let’s start today’s recipe.

Chicken and Corn Empanadas


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced Oso Sweet onions
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (hot) crushed red pepper, optional
  • 1Β½ cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 3 cups (1 pound) diced cooked chicken
  • 6 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 14-ounce packages frozen crescent rolls
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water



  1. In large skillet, heat oil and lightly brown onions.
  2. Add pepper, crushed red peppers (if desired), corn, and oregano, and cook 5 minutes over moderate heat or until liquid has mostly cooked away.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in chicken and cheese, season to taste and chill.
  4. Unroll crescent dough into two perforated squares.
  5. Place one square over second square.
  6. Roll out with a little flour to form a single large rectangular sheet.
  7. Cut out four circles about 5 in inches in diameter.
  8. Repeat with remaining package of rolls.
  9. Refrigerate circles on waxed paper until firm, about 30 minutes.
  10. Spoon ΒΌ cup filling into center of each circle, leaving a 1-inch border.
  11. Brush edges with egg mixture.
  12. Fold over to seal, stretching dough slightly.
  13. Press edges together while pushing out any air pockets.
  14. Seal by crimping with the tines of a fork.
  15. Brush top with egg wash.
  16. Prick with fork.
  17. Arrange empanadas on buttered and floured baking pan.
  18. Refrigerate until ready to bake, up to two days ahead of time.
  19. Preheat oven to 400Β°F.
  20. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until puffy and brown and filling in bubbling hot.
Chicken and Corn Empanadas
Chicken and Corn Empanadas

Tips, Notes, and Variations:

  • Use rotisserie-roasted chicken.
  • Oso Sweet onions are the winter sweet onion from Chile, in season from January to March. They have record-high sugar content, crisp texture, and mild flavor.
  • Vidalias would be a reasonable onion substitute if Oso Sweet onions cannot be found.
  • You can use this as a base to experiment with any filling or combination you desire

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