Kids’ Chicken Empanadas with Magic Sauce
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Kids’ Chicken Empanadas with Magic Sauce

Kids’ Chicken Empanadas with Magic Sauce

+ Snack Pretzel Bites with Cheddar Sauce

Empanadas (meat pies) are perfectly portable for lunchboxes, and great fuel for zooming out into the backyard. These heat-and-eat hand pies are filled with gently seasoned chicken and vegetables, and baked to golden perfection. You’ll just whip up a ketchup and mayo “magic sauce” for dipping, and serve with sliced apple, grapes, and grape tomatoes. But just you wait, it’ll be snacktime in no time—so we’ve included kid-pleasing chewy-soft pretzel bites with our chefs’ shortcut to a velvety cheese sauce for dipping. Yup, we’re thinking outside the lunchbox!

This recipe is designed to provide lunch and snack components for multiple days. For each lunch and snack meal, 3 servings and 6 servings are provided for a 2 person and 4 person box respectively. Nutrition information under the Nutrition Values section below is for the lunch portion. The following nutrition information is for 1 serving of the snack meal: Calories: 320, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 45 mg, Sodium: 610 mg, Carbohydrates: 31g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 9g.

Download the nutrition labels to see final nutrition information for both lunch and snack components.

Lunch + Snacks

Produced in a facility that processes eggs, milk, fish, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.

Total Time20 minutes
Prep Time5 minutes


serving amount

1 unit


2.25 ounce

Red Grapes

1 unit


2 tablespoon


(Contains Eggs)

7.5 ounce

Maspanadas Chicken Empanadas

(Contains Wheat)

4 ounce

Grape Tomatoes

6 ounce

Pretzel Nuggets

(Contains Wheat)

4 ounce

Cream Sauce Base

(Contains Milk)

½ cup

Cheddar Cheese

(Contains Milk)

Not included in your delivery




Nutrition Values

/ per serving
Calories280 kcal
Fat13 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate34 g
Sugar14 g
Dietary Fiber3 g
Protein6 g
Cholesterol35 mg
Sodium440 mg
Due to the different suppliers we purchase our products from, nutritional facts per meal can vary from the website to what is received in the delivered box, depending on your region.


Small Bowl
Paper Towel
Small pot


Prep & Make Magic Sauce

• Wash and dry produce. • Halve, core, and thinly slice apple. Halve grapes if desired. • In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup and mayonnaise until combined.

Warm Empanadas

• Place empanadas in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate (you may need to work in batches for 6 servings). Cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave until warmed through, 60-90 seconds. • AIR FRYER ALTERNATIVE: Coat an air fryer basket with cooking spray; arrange empanadas in basket. Coat tops with cooking spray. Air fry at 375 degrees until golden brown, turning halfway through, 10-12 minutes. Work in batches if necessary.

Serve or Stash Lunch

• To serve: Divide empanadas and magic sauce between plates. Serve with apple slices, grapes, and tomatoes on the side. • To stash: Let empanadas cool completely. Refrigerate empanadas, magic sauce, apple slices, grapes, and tomatoes in separate containers and pack as desired!

Make Snack

• Spray tops of pretzel bites with water, then sprinkle with salt. TIP: If desired, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake salted pretzel bites until warmed, 3 minutes. • In a small pot, heat cream sauce base over medium-low heat until it reaches a low simmer; cook, whisking, until sauce begins to thicken, 1 minute. • Reduce heat to low. Gradually whisk in cheddar and cook, whisking constantly, until cheese melts and sauce has thickened, 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. • Serve pretzel bites with cheddar sauce on the side for dipping.

Chicken and Vegetable Empanadas are fully cooked when internal temperature reaches 165°.