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Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie (Empadão de Frango)

With temperatures plunging, all that I have been craving is comforting meals. I don’t know about you, but in my humble opinion chicken pot pie is comfort at its best… So yes, chicken pot pie is what we will be preparing today… but this is no ordinary pie, folks!!! This is a Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie or Empadão de Frango — one of the best you will ever have.  Trust me!

Our chicken pot pie is made from a homemade flaky dough called pâte brisée or massa podre (the French version of classic pie pastry), filled with a tasty, creamy, and chunky chicken-and-vegetable filling… A true party in your mouth!

Empadão de Frango (Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie)

In my home country of Brazil, pot pies come in 3 basic sizes: mini (about a size of a mini muffin), small (a bit smaller than a standard-size muffin or cupcake), and large (family-size pot pie).  The mini pot pies are served as small bites at birthdays or holiday events, or as hors d’oeuvres at cocktail parties — such as our shrimp mini pot pies. The small size pot pies are usually available at cafés and bakeries, or from street vendors.  The large size pies– such as this one– are served either for lunch or dinner, and are called empadão in Portuguese .

Shrimp Mini Pot Pies (Empadinha de Camarão)

The filling varies, of course! The most popular filling is chicken — although shrimp (with or without catupiry cheese), hearts of palm, and others are also available.

I know that making this pie from scratch is a labor of love, but both its taste and texture are worth every bit of the time spent preparing it.  To save some time, our recipe yields 2 pies. You can serve one and freeze the other to serve up to 3 months later.  If desired, you can also use a store-bought pie dough instead, shaving off a bit more time from the recipe.  It’s really up to you!!!

In contrast to some American pot pies that have only a top crust, this Brazilian double crusted pie should not be served bubbly hot, but warm instead– otherwise it will be prone to falling apart.  Our chicken pot pie can also be accompanied by white rice (the Brazilian way) or by a fresh salad (my favorite way).

Enjoy our Brazilian chicken pot pie and make your family and yourself quite happy…

P.S.: What’s your favorite comfort food?

Empadão de Frango (Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie)

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Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie (Empadão de Frango)
A family-size chicken pot pie made from pâte brisée and a comforting chicken-and-vegetable filling.
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
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Course Main
Cuisine Brazilian
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
(9-inch) pies
Course Main
Cuisine Brazilian
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
(9-inch) pies
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
Rate this recipe!
  1. Prepare the dough: Place the flour, salt, and sugar into a bowl of an stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat in the butter at low speed until mixture is well combined yet lumpy. Beat in the eggs, and then the water, until obtaining a homogeneous dough. You might need to stop the mixer a few times to scrape together dough from both the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  2. Place the dough onto a floured surface, form a ball, then press into a flat disk. Pressing the dough into a disc allows it to chill faster. This will also make the dough easier to roll out, and if you freeze it, it will thaw more quickly. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a bout 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the pie filling. In a large non-stick saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the chicken and sautée for about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, peas, corn, and green onions. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  4. In a medium to large pot, combine well the chicken stock, tomato paste, and wine. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat and reduce the heat to low.
  5. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and add the flour all at once, stirring to make a roux (approximately 2 minutes). Increase the heat to medium, add the stock, whisking constantly, until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine mixture with the chicken mixture and set aside.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator at least 15-20 minutes before rolling.
  7. To assemble the chicken pot pies, cut the dough into four pieces. On a lightly floured surface or on a surface covered with a plastic sheet, roll the dough into circles, a bit larger than the pie pan. Always work the dough from the center towards the edges. Unroll the dough onto a 9-inch pie pan and up the sides, leaving some extra dough hanging on the edges. Spread half of the filling inside the pan. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, lightly moisten the edges of the bottom crust with water. Fold a bit of extra top dough over the rim of the pan. Press the top crust against the bottom crust to seal and make a pattern on the edges with your fingers, then trim the overhang from both crusts. Using a paring knife, cut an X or slits in the center of the crust to vent while baking.
  8. Repeat step 7 with the second pie. Place the empadao in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes before baking. At this point, you can either bake the pie, or cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350* F. Place the chicken pot pie on a baking sheet pan and bake, on the center rack of the oven, for about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush the top crust with the egg wash and return to the oven for additional 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  10. Transfer the chicken pot pie to a rack and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before serving. Enjoy the pie served warm, accompanied by a fresh salad or white rice.
Recipe Notes

Any filling leftovers can be enjoyed as a "stew" over white rice.


47 Responses to Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie (Empadão de Frango)

  1. Liz November 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Your crust looks incredible! Bill would love if I’d make chicken pot pie once a week!

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 8:19 am #

      Liz: This is a great crust recipe. It is quite easy and flaky. I was in a rush to photograph and had an accident while transporting it. This is why one can see a crack on top. I hope you try one day. This is one of my fave comforting meals.

  2. Lail | With A Spin November 5, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    I agree, Denise. Pot pies are so comforting. My Bangladeshi comfort food is plain rice, potato bhorta(spicy mashed potato) and lentil soup but I have adapted so many other food which provides m similar comfort and warmth. Your post reminds me that I haven’t made pot pies for a while and I should make some. Thank you for the inspiration, my friend.

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      My pleasure, Lail! Wishing you an awesome week and weekend. xoxo

  3. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine November 5, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Yummers Denise! This looks so good, I’m making breakfast right now but I would easily eat this. Wish you were my neighbor so I could be your taste-tester. Love the double crust and the idea of making 3 different sizes for different occasions!

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks, Chris! I would be happy to be your neighbor to sample all your outrageously delicious food.

  4. Little Cooking Tips November 5, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Amazing looking pie Denise! As you mentioned, it takes some time to make it, but the result is so rewarding:) The only drawback is, that it’s eliminated so fast when ready!
    PS. Our favorite winter comfort food is fasolada, or spetzofai. Both delicious, combined with good artisan bread and organic Kalamata olives.
    An all time favorite of course is a traditional souvlaki or gyros with pita (usually simply called ‘souvlaki’ here in Athens). We really wish we could somehow teleport an authentic (pork neck usually used) gyros from Athens to Texas so you could taste the heavenly taste:)
    Darn it, we got hungry again:)

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      Thanks a lot, my friends!
      I can understand well your preference for fasolada as I am crazy for the Brazilian version, feijoada.
      I’d be thrilled to devour your gyros as well as all your scrumptious dishes. Greek food is one of my faves.
      Have a wonderful week and weekend!! xoxo

  5. [email protected] Riffs November 5, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    I haven’t made a pot pie in years and years! This looks incredibly tasty — just amazing. Thanks so much.

  6. Deb|EastofEdenCooking November 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    Chicken Pot Pie is just so autumn! I have also been cooking and baking comfort foods to keep my family cozy as the weather turns cooler. This is a perfect recipe to make on the weekend when we can savor the wonderful smells and flavors!

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Thank you, Deb! Me too… All our fave comforting dishes are been savoured this season.

  7. Francesca November 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    It’s so fun that they come in (and you made!) different sizes. So practical 🙂

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks, Francesca. I took advantage of what they have in common that is the crust to save time making different sizes for different courses.

  8. Julia | November 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Love chicken pot pies! Haven’t made one in a while, and now I’m not even sure when I’ll make it since I can’t eat gluten. 🙂 But, boy, it looks good!

  9. Amira November 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    I love chicken pot pies, but only buy it from the store and never tried to make my own!! This is a good recipe to start. Thanks for sharing

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by, Amira! I hope you try this recipe one day. You won’t regret it.

  10. Karen (Back Road Journal) November 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    I’m happy to have another way to prepare a chicken pot pie. I can see differences that I would like as yours haw tomatoes and corn that I’ve not used before. Thank you for sharing your recipe. 🙂

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Thank you, Karen! They give this savory pie a little touch of sweetness. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

  11. Amy (Savory Moments) November 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Your version of chicken pot pie looks wonderful!

  12. Juliana November 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Oh Denise, here you are again “torturing” me with this empadao…looks delicious with the flaky and perfect crust…and the filling packed with chicken…
    Hope you are having a wonderful week my dear 🙂

    • Denise Browning November 6, 2014 at 7:03 am #

      Thank you, Juliana! Wishing you a great day. Take care, my dear. xoxo

  13. Rekha November 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    This has to be a party in your mouth! looks absolutely delicious Denise

    • Denise Browning November 6, 2014 at 7:04 am #

      Rekha… Thanks a lot. My family loves this comforting dish — I more than anyone else. 🙂

  14. Sugar et al. November 6, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    I so want to eat this right now. No kidding! I am craving this after eating a huge bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. That close-up…mouthwatering! I made a pot pie yesterday with a dish from my childhood but it is nowhere close to this.

    • Denise Browning November 6, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      Sonali: Thank you but I have no doubt that your pot pie is equally delicious. I am looking forward to seeing it soon in your blog. xoxo

  15. Mi Vida en un Dulce November 6, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    I lov eyour recipe. My kids like chicken a lot, and sometimes I don’t know what else to cook for them you know, always the same…this is a great alternative that I didn’t try.

    • Denise Browning November 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Thank you, Nydia! I hope you try it… My family enjoys this pie a lot.

  16. Gourmet Getaways November 7, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    Omigosh, I kept swallowing seeing your photos alone! I just love the texture, the colours…Mmmm!

    xx Gourmet Getaways

    • Denise Browning November 7, 2014 at 5:26 am #

      Thank you so much… Enjoy this which is family fave. xx

  17. Nancie November 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    Hi – can I easily add heart of palm to this recipe – do you know if that would work with the chicken? Years ago I had heart of palm pie in Brasil – thanks

    • Denise Browning November 9, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      Hi, Nancie! Thanks for stopping by…
      Absolutely! You can add about 1/2 to 1 cup of hearts of palm chunks to the recipe. It will work very well with the chicken.

  18. marcela November 10, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    oh wow! This must be a really scrumptious pie!

  19. Raymund November 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Looks so creamy delicious! Some of this pot pie and some salad would make a perfect dinner.

  20. Coffee and Crumpets November 10, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    This looks so good, Denise! We got our first snow today and I’m so craving comfort foods like this. Chicken pot pie is one of my favourites too, and like the Brazilain one, the English ones are also double crusted. When I have time I make the pastry version, but when I need instant gratification, I make one with biscuit topping. Also very good. Hope you are well!

    • Denise Browning November 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks, Nazneen!
      Yes, we are doing well. I hope you guys too.
      I know how life can be crazy sometimes. When I am in a rush, I use store-bought frozen crusts from my fave brand and use them to replace the homemade crusts.

  21. Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño November 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I want to dive head first into that dish that looks incredible! Especially with such cold weather we’ve been having!

    • Denise Browning November 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

      Thanks, Kate! This is indeed a comforting dish to this time of the year.

  22. marcela November 29, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    oh… Your Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie looks scrumptious! I’m dying to be in Brasil right now!

    • Denise Browning November 30, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Marcela: The best thing is one don’t need to be in Brazil to have this. It is quite easy to make — with ingredients that are available in local supermarkets.

  23. Alyssa November 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    If I’m only making one pie, would I just cut the ingridents in half?

    • Denise Browning November 5, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      Absolutely, Alyssa! Cut the ingredients in half. Any filling leftover can be used for pasta, rice, and other dishes. Enjoy this family favorite.

  24. Maria June 27, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    Hi! I’m so excited to make this! I will be attempting it tonight! What kind of store bought crust do you prefer? And does the prep for it change any with it being store bought? I’m a fellow Brazilian and j have been searching everywhere for a recipe for empada!

    • Denise Browning June 28, 2016 at 9:40 am #

      Hi, Maria!!!
      I bought the HEB brand pie crust here in Texas (my favorite store-bought crust) but you can also use the Pillsbury or any other of your choice. Of course, it is not as good as as the homemade crust but it makes the preparation of the empadao much quicker. I hope you try and enjoy! Um abraco!

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