Summer is the time where hosting parties is the thing to do. Aside from great cocktails, good finger foods are usually the hit of any well organized get together. 

Smoked Chicken Empanadas
Smoked Chicken Empanadas

Snackbar-B-Q in downtown Windsor, provided us with a quick and easy recipe that would be a hit for any host and would be sure to wow friends and family: smoked chicken empanadas.

You know you want to make these...
You know you want to make these…

Seriously, how could you resist a smoked chicken empanada? Nice and crispy on the outside while soft and flavour packed on the inside.

Smoked Chicken Empanadas


Start with a little bit of cold water in a bowl. Add dough mixture slowly until achieving a wet play dough like consistency.


  • two large potatoes
  • 1 small Spanish onion
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs coriander powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro to taste
  • 1 smoked chicken breast


  1. boil potatoes and cut in small dice
  2. sautee onions and shredded smoked chicken with a dash of olive oil.
  3. add cumin and coriander powder
  4. fold potatoes into sauteed mixture
  5. add fresh cilantro to finish
  6. refrigerate before forming empanadas

Aji Sauce

Blend together:

  • 2 large tomatoes (the more ripe the better)
  • handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Spanish onion
  • 2-3 Thai chilies (seed and all)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


To make the empanadas, use a tortilla press or rolling pin to flatten the dough. Use plastic wrap to keep the dough from sticking to the pin or tortilla press. Stuff flattened dough with a little bit of the chilled filling. Fold in half and cut the edges off in the shape of a half moon with a pint glass or coffee mug. Deep fry until golden brown and enjoy every bite with a little bit of Aji sauce.

Experiment with any desired filling: smoked tofu and cheddar, pulled pork and BBQ sauce, etc. The possibilities are endless.