Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas

Last Updated on January 11, 2021

Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas

You may wonder — what are Empanadas? While it’s a Mexican dish that may seem exotic, you’ll be glad to hear it’s not hard to make. You’ll find this Mexican shredded chicken recipe super easy to assemble and added quickly in your Air Fryer for a healthier version.  Read on for more details! 

We have always had such a great love for Mexican foods! However, that love was magnified while we were stationed in El Paso, Texas. We have been incredibly blessed to learn so much culturally through our military travels and afforded the opportunities to embrace and try many different types of food!

Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas

Empanadas are a staple in the Hispanic community. Before we get to the recipe, let’s cover the history. You all knew that I was going to go there didn’t you? Empanadas are pastries that are filled with a variety of different items – from seafood, meat and veggies to fruit and cheese.

They gained in popularity through Latin and South America. Shops in Latin and South America serve fresh made empanadas in their stores. They remind me a little bit of the American “hot pocket” in how they are made. They can be served as a snack, appetizer, or even as a meal itself!

Did you know empanadas were thought to have first introduced in Spain? In fact, each year an Empanadas Festival is held!

But, before we get to the mexican shredded chicken recipe — I must tell you this secret. This is a great mexican dish for leftover Rotisserie Chicken as it requires only 1 cup! I’m sure you can scrape together one cup of deliciously moist shredded chicken! 

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Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas {with Cilantro-Scallion Dipping Sauce}

Makes: 20 pies (10 pies from each roll)

Empanadas Ingredients:

Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas

  • 1 box of Refrigerated Pie Crust (2 rolls)
  • 1 cup of shredded rotisserie Chicken
  • ½ cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ cups of chopped Green Onion/Scallions
  • ½ cup of chopped Cilantro
  • 2 chopped Jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed
  • ½ teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon of ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of Hot Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)

For the Cilantro-Scallion Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup of Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped Green Onion/Scallions
  • ½ cup of chopped Cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked Paprika
  • Salt to taste

How to Make Empanadas:

  1. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, jalapeno and cilantro, garlic powder, ground cumin, hot sauce and salt and pepper. Mix well.       Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas
  2. Unroll the pie dough onto a well-floured surface. Using a 5-inch circular cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible. Using a rolling-pin, roll out the scraps and continue to cut out circles until the dough runs out. We got 10 circles from 1 pie dough. Repeat the same with the other pie dough. 
     
  3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the shredded chicken filling into middle of dough. Moisten edges with egg wash.   
    Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas
  4. Fold the dough in half over the filling, forming a half circle, then use the fingers to gently press and seal the edges. Use a fork to crimp the edges together.  Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas
  5. Brush each empanadas with the egg wash. Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas
  6. Air fry the empanadas at 400 F for 10 minutes.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas                                                                                                                                                     

Optional: Serve hot with Cilantro-Scallion Dipping Sauce. 

Air Fryer Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe for Empanadas

Are you still intimated by this delicious and healthier version of Empanadas? I bet it seems a bit more appealing to you now. Next time you run to the grocery store, grab a rotisserie chicken for an easy night with this easy and yummy Mexican shredded chicken recipe! 

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Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Empanadas

Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Empanadas

Yield: 20 pies

Empanadas are pastries that are filled with a variety of different items – from seafood, meat and veggies to fruit and cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 2 rolls
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie Chicken
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped Green Onion/Scallions
  • 1/2 ccup chopped Cilantro
  • 2 chopped Jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Hot Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp chopped Green Onion/Scallion
  • 1/2 cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked Paprika
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, jalapeno and cilantro, garlic powder, ground cumin, hot sauce and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Unroll the pie dough onto a well-floured surface. Using a 5-inch circular cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible. Using a rolling-pin, roll out the scraps and continue to cut out circles until the dough runs out. We got 10 circles from 1 pie dough.
  3.  Repeat the same with the other pie dough.Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the spicy chicken filling into middle of dough. Moisten edges with egg wash.
  4. Fold the dough in half over the filling, forming a half circle, then use the fingers to gently press and seal the edges. Use a fork to crimp the edges together.
  5. Brush each empanadas with the egg wash.
  6. Air fry the empanadas at 400 F for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with Cilantro-Scallion Dipping Sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1976Total Fat: 117gSaturated Fat: 45gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 58gCholesterol: 714mgSodium: 3483mgCarbohydrates: 125gFiber: 9gSugar: 14gProtein: 107g
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