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Chicken salteñas

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Chicken salteñas


Do you know the empanadas of Argentina? Well, salteñas are the empanadas of Bolivia! They are small turnovers filled with chicken, beef, or pork in a sweet, more or less hot sauce, accompanied by several ingredients. The secret of their preparation hides in adding gelatin, which gives them an even juicier consistency – regarding not only the filling but also the dough.

For the dough

  • In a mixer’s bowl add the flour, egg, sugar, butter, and salt. Mix and add the boiled water and the food coloring paste.
  • Beat with the hook attachment at medium-low speed for about 10 minutes, until there is a nice and smooth dough. If needed, add a little more flour. The dough has to be soft but also solid.
  • Wrap into plastic wrap, let the dough rest in the refrigerator for half an hour, and then cut it into 12 balls.

For the filling

  • Place a frying pan over medium heat and let it get very hot.
  • Add half of the butter, the ground chicken, and sauté for 3-4 minutes until browned.
  • Then, transfer it to a bowl and set the frying pan aside, until needed.
  • Fill a pot with water and let it boil; then, add the potatoes.
  • Boil them for 3-5 minutes until they are tender, but not mashed. Then, add them into a colander.
  • Transfer the frying pan on heat again, add the rest of the butter, the turmeric, and sauté.
  • Then, add the onion, potatoes, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Lastly, add the peas, parsley, sugar, and sauté with the rest of the ingredients for 2 minutes. Get the ground chicken back into the frying pan, add the chicken stock and simmer for a little longer.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat, add the gelatin, mix, add the mixture into a bowl, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours to thicken completely.

To assemble

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 F) set to fan.
  • With a rolling pin and a little flour, roll out the dough balls into round sheets that are 10 cm in diameter and 2-3 mm thick.
  • With your fingers, wet each dough piece all around with a little water. In the center of each piece add 2 egg rounds and share the olives and the raisins. On top, divide the filling and carefully seal the turnovers by creating half-moons.
  • Put the turnovers into 2 baking pans lined with parchment paper, spread with the diluted yolk, and bake them for 15-20 minutes until they turn nicely golden.
  • Serve them hot or even cold.


Apart from ground chicken, you can also use beef (or lamb). Moreover, for a vegetarian version, replace the ground meat with vegetables!

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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
17 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
16 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
31 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
17 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
16 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
24 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
12 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
30 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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