Chicken, Apple and Cheese Mini Empanadas

Author: Canadian Living

Tender turnovers are perfect to exchange with friends, so why not host a preholiday appetizer exchange to do just that? Have everyone create a variety of fillings, then bake a selection of flavours to swap. 

  • Portion size 54 servings
  • Credits : Holiday Best 2013


  • 3 pkg (each 450 g) frozen butter puff pastry thawed
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
Filling :
  • 225 g Boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup diced peeled Golden Delicious apple
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup shredded old Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper


Filling: Cut chicken into thin strips; set aside. In bowl, toss apple with lemon juice; set aside.

In skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add apple mixture; cook until apple begins to soften, about 2 minutes.

Add chicken; cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and let cool. Using fingers, shred chicken. Stir in cheese, salt and pepper to combine.

On well-floured surface, roll out one-third of the pastry to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 3-1/2-inch (9 cm) fluted round cookie cutter, cut out 18 rounds. Place 1 tsp filling in centre of each; fold in half. Using fork, pinch edges to seal.

Arrange on parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or freeze on baking sheet; store layered between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 1 month. Bake frozen, adding 5 minutes to baking time.)

Brush egg over tops of empanadas. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until puffed and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Change it Up: Mushroom, Spinach and Cheese Mini Empanadas
Filling: Substitute 1 bag (284 g) fresh spinach, chopped, for the chicken; chopped mushrooms for the apple; and shredded Fontina cheese for the Cheddar.

Nutritional facts per piece: about

  • Sodium 82 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 140.0
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Cholesterol 9 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 11 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 1.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Chicken, Apple and Cheese Mini Empanadas