Orange Chicken and Fried Rice Empanadas

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Do you ever wish you could take two of your favorite dishes and combine them into one? Well… we did just that. We took orange chicken and empanadas and combined them for what might be our new favorite combination. But here’s the twist – instead of traditional empanada dough, we used egg roll wraps, giving them an incredible crunch. These orange chicken and fried rice empanadas are sure to be a hit in your home!

So you may be wondering how this dish came to be. Well, of course, I have a little story to tell. Am I even a food blogger if I don’t? I was hired by one of our favorite frozen food companies to create budget-friendly dishes using their frozen entrees. I wanted to use their orange chicken and fried rice since those are two of our favorites and turn them into something unexpected.

At around $15 for 20 empanadas, these orange chicken and fried rice empanadas are incredibly budget-friendly, family-friendly, and delicious!

plate of empanadas
plate of orange chicken and fried rice empanadas
plate of orange chicken and fried rice empanadas with dipping sauce

Can I use any brand of orange chicken and fried rice?

Absolutely! While we have a favorite brand, there are several options in your grocery store’s freezer section. If the orange chicken you purchase doesn’t include a packet of sauce, you may need to purchase some orange sauce on the side. You can also use Chinese restaurant leftovers if you have them. This would be great with honey garlic chicken as well.

Where do I find egg roll wraps?

I found some vegan egg roll wraps in the produce section at my local grocery store. They are inexpensive and so delicious! We use them for a bunch of purposes, including tacos!

a peak into the inside of an orange chicken and fried rice empanada
plate with empanadas and sauce
ingredients needed to make orange chicken and fried rice empanadas

Where do I find an empanada press?

I found a set of empanada presses (also called dumpling makers) with all different sizes on Amazon. This was my first time using these particular presses, which are super easy. Make sure to brush sauce along the edges to keep them sealed. The first time we made these, I didn’t use sauce, and the empanadas opened as they were fried.

Do I need anything else to make orange chicken and fried rice empanadas?

A basting brush is another thing I recommend when making these orange chicken and fried rice empanadas. While you can use your finger to spread the sauce along the edges of the egg roll wrap, the brush is much less messy and keeps your fingers clean, so you don’t have to keep washing/wiping them.

plate of empanadas
hand dipping an empanada into sauce
sauce dripping off of an empanada

What I love most about these orange chicken and fried rice empanadas is that you can switch up the main fillings to your liking. Not a fan of orange chicken? No problem! Use any other type of chicken. You can even use shredded rotisserie chicken.

Not a fan of fried rice? Use steamed veggies or white rice. Don’t love orange sauce? No problem! You can use teriyaki sauce or any other of your favorites.

We are going to try a stir fry veggie empanada next. Stay tuned to see how those turn out. I bet they will be delicious! We will also try to make these in the air fryer to reduce the grease! What types of ingredients will you use for your empanadas?

first steps to make orange chicken and fried rice empanadas
second steps to make orange chicken and fried rice empanadas
final steps to make orange chicken and fried rice empanadas

I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you to make it a bit easier to make these orange chicken and fried rice empanadas.

  1. Cook chicken and rice according to packages. Make sure to set aside half of the sauce from the chicken.
  2. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Place one egg roll wrap on an empanada press.
  4. Place 3-4 pieces of chopped chicken into the egg roll wrap center.
  5. Top with a tablespoon of fried rice.
  6. Drizzle a bit of sauce onto the chicken and rice.
  7. Brush sauce along the edges of the egg roll wrap, where the empanada press will seal the edges.
  8. Close the empanada press tightly.
  9. Remove excess dough, open the press and remove the empanada.
  10. Repeat with the remaining ingredients until a plate full of empanadas is ready to be fried.
  11. Fry each empanada for 1-2 minutes per side (until each side is golden brown). You may be able to fit a few in the pan at once, depending on the size of the pan.
  12. Once golden brown on both sides, remove them and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to allow the oil to drain a bit.

Orange Chicken and Fried Rice Empanadas

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plate of orange chicken and fried rice empanadas with dipping sauce

Orange Chicken and Fried Rice Empanadas


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life

Description

These orange chicken and fried rice empanadas are made with egg roll wraps instead of traditional empanada dough. They’re so delicious!


Ingredients

  • Frozen orange chicken
  • Frozen fried rice
  • Egg roll wraps
  • Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  • Cook chicken and rice according to packages. Make sure to set aside half of the sauce from the chicken.
  • Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place one egg roll wrap on an empanada press.
  • Place 3-4 pieces of chopped chicken and a tablespoon of rice into the center of the egg roll wrap center.
  • Drizzle a bit of sauce onto the chicken and rice.
  • Brush sauce along the edges of the egg roll wrap, where the empanada press will seal the edges.
  • Close the empanada press tightly.
  • Remove excess dough, open the press and remove the empanada.
  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients until a plate full of empanadas is ready to be fried.
  • Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil on medium-high heat.
  • Once your oil is hot, fry each empanada for 1-2 minutes per side (or until each side is golden brown). You may be able to fit a few in the pan at once, depending on the size of the pan.
  • Once golden brown on both sides, remove them and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to allow the oil to drain a bit.
  • Serve with the remaining orange sauce as a dipping sauce.

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  1. What a great idea to create this delicious recipe using ready made ingredients. I bet these empanadas will go down a treat with my family.

  2. I have never made my own empanadas, and this doesn’t look too difficult. Sounds like a delicious recipe and nice to make something a little different once in a while.

  3. Our Indian Bengali sweet ‘Puli’ looks exactly like these empanadas 🙂 We use shredded coconut + jaggery mixture as filling though! I would love to try this recipe. love orange chicken ❤️.

  4. These look so delicious. My children love empanadas, so thank you for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I’m a big fan of empandas but have never tried to make my own before. But that little tool to make and crimp them would make it so much easier x

  6. This is such a fun and delicious way to serve up orange chicken! Looks so good…definitely need to make this for the family soon!

  7. This looks so good. I love orange chicken and friend rice. But I haven’t had empanadas. I’ll have to try these.

  8. I love empanadas but never tried to do them myself! Your recipe is very easy to follow, thank you so much…

  9. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! My kids would really love this for sure! Can’t wait to prepare this for them!

  10. These sound amazing and a recipe for my and my daughter to try, I love lemon chicken but never though of orange before, will be trying this

  11. Orange chicken is our number one thing to order for Chinese night but I’d love to make my own! And those empanadas look soooo good!

  12. These look so amazing. I have never made empanadas before, but they are so delicious. I’m going to save this and try making them real soon.

  13. I’ve never tried this empanada combo before, looking forward to making this for my family.

  14. I LOVE this Asian Latin fusion thing you have happening here with this one. I can’t wait to make it!