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Chicken Empanadas with Ranchero Ranch Dressing

Cook Time35 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Chicken
Servings: 15 -18 empanadas
Author: Barbara Schieving




  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cold butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten with 1.5 tablespoon water (do not beat until ready to bake)


  • 1 cup ranch dressing already made
  • ¼ teaspoon chile powder any flavor
  • ½ teaspoon cumin


  • To make filling: Combine chicken and cheese in a medium bowl. Set aside
  • To make the dough: In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add just enough cold water so dough comes together.
  • Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface, and divide in half. Knead each half 2 or 3 times to form smooth balls. Cover dough balls with plastic; let stand until slightly risen, 20 minutes.
  • Roll out half of the empanada dough very thinly, ¼" thick or less. Cut 4 to 5 inch circles of dough. Place about 2 teaspoons of the chicken mixture inside each circle of dough. Fold the dough in half over the filling, making a half moon shape, and pinch the edges together to seal in the filling. Fold curved edges under and crimp decoratively.
  • Repeat with the rest of the filling and dough (you may end up with extra dough or extra filling–it seems to work out differently each time). If freezing for later use, freeze on a baking sheet until firm, 2 hours. Wrap tightly in plastic; freeze in plastic bags.
  • To bake fresh or frozen empanadas, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with egg wash, avoiding crimped edges. Bake until golden brown, rotating sheets halfway through, 25 to 35 minutes.
  • To make the dressing: While empanadas are baking, make dressing by combining ranch dressing, chile powder, and cumin in a small bowl. Whisk well. Let sit for at least 10 minutes for full flavor. Serve empanadas warm or at room temperature, with ranchero ranch dressing for dipping.