Chicken Empanadas with Chimichurri (AIP/Paleo)

Chicken Empanadas with chimichurri (AIP/paleo)

Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner and it is a great opportunity to celebrate! However, with tequilla, nightshades and rice off the table you might be thinking your traditional party menu is out the window. That is why I have come up with this yummy empanada recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

These aren’t as spicy as their traditional counterpart but they are very flavorful and the chimichurri sauce really takes it up a notch.

So, sit back and celebrate with this yummy recipe and delicious mocktail!

Chicken Empanadas with Chimichurri (AIP/Paleo)

Chicken Empanadas with Chimichurri (AIP/Paleo)

Makes 12-16



1 Cup of Cooked White Sweet Potatoes

1/2 cup of tapioca starch

1/4 tsp salt


2 cups of Shredded Chicken

½ Medium White Onion Chopped

1/2 tsp Dried Cilantro

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/2 tsp Dried Oregano

1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

2 Medium Carrots, peeled and diced


1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

3 TBS fresh chopped parsley

1 TBS fresh chopped oregano

1/4 cup of olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In your food processor combine your cooked sweet potato, tapioca flour and salt and blend until a smooth ball forms. Roll out your dough to about 1/2 inch thick and cut it into 3 1/2 inch circles ( I used the top of a glass for this, you can also use a biscuit cutter). Place circles on a lined baking sheet. In a skillet combine your chicken, onion, carrot, and seasonings and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until onion has started to get translucent and carrot is starting to get tender (they will finish cooking in the oven). Place about 2 tsp worth of filling in the middle of each circle and fold shut pinching the dough together with a fork. Brush with olive oil and bake for about 30 mins. Then turn your oven on broil and broil for 1-2 minutes or until the outsides brown slightly. To make your sauce combine all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. Serve together and enjoy.


Jesse St. Jean

Jesse St. Jean

I am many things: a wife, a daughter, a sister, a nutritional therapist, a dog-mom… and I’m an autoimmune warrior.

One Comment

  • How long do You food processor dough for? Should sweet potatoes be cooled first? Mine turned into mush and I had to do a shepherds pie thing instead.

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