Chicken Empanadas (HEALTHY)


To-Die-For Snack-Size Chicken Empanadas

My husband, the culinary genius, made the most delicious Chicken Empanadas. Here is the secret to his success with the healthy version of a Latin classic.


  • 8-ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • One clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup of a small onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped (cored and seeded)
  • 2 Tablespoons chicken stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon minced cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • Wonton wrappers (10 wrappers)

Prepare the Filling:

  1. Cut chicken into one-inch diced pieces.
  2. Put the chicken, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, chicken stock or water, cumin, and cilantro into a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Stir often, cooking until chicken is completely cooked.
  4. Transfer the skillet mixture into a food processor/blender and mix until coarsely ground. The mixture will be dry.
  5. Add two Tablespoons of breadcrumbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Refrigerate until cold.

Constructing the Empanada:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray baking sheet with Pam.
  3. Cut wonton wrappers in half, at a diagonal.
  4. Lightly brush edges with water (to help with the sealing process).
  5. Place a Tablespoon of the chicken filling into the wrapper; fold and seal shut (crimping the edges with a fork).
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all chicken filling is a wrapper.
  7. Bake until golden brown; approximately 4 to 6 minutes per side.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size = One Chicken Empanada.FOFLCB02

25 Calories, 0.1 gram Fat, 44 mg Sodium, 4 mg Potassium, 4 Carbs, 2 grams Protein.

I dipped my empanadas in a green tomatillo salsa (low sodium, low calorie).


6 responses »

  1. I have never tried chicken empanadas. So I guess its a must try now. I have tried beef empanadas (empanada de carne) and cheese empanadas (empanada de queso) – my favorite evening snack. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks Gibbsy Girl! I am so glad you find my blog informative; that is always nice to hear. Your desserts look delish! I love a good indulgence once in awhile. Thanks for sharing!

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