Mediterranean Empanadas

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My version of Mediterranean empanadas.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
6 empanadas



  • 1 ½ skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, divided

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons balsamic vinegar, divided

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup chopped tomato

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 lemon, juiced


  • 1 (16 ounce) package refrigerated pizza dough

  • 8 leaves fresh basil, chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach

  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Combine chicken strips, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Let marinate for 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine tomato and onion with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Let marinate for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Cook chicken in a hot skillet until juices run clear, 5 to 8 minutes. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken in the skillet. Add lemon juice to finish cooking.

  5. Divide pizza dough into 6 sections. Roll each section into a 6-inch circle on a floured surface, working fresh basil into the dough as you roll.

  6. Layer spinach, chicken, mozzarella, and tomato mixture on one half of each circle. Fold over to cover the filling and press the curved edge to seal.

  7. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil. Lightly brush the tops of the empanadas with olive oil and transfer to the baking sheet.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
16g Fat
42g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 761mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 24mg 119%
Calcium 294mg 23%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 498mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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