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You’ll love these nice warm arepas with a crunchy exterior and soft creamy middle. Arepas are a popular dish in Colombia and Venezuela. These are also gluten free made with corn flour or masarepa. I like to fill mine with some spicy shredded chicken and queso fresco. Here is an easy recipe to make arepas at home and the dough comes together quickly and you can brown them on a cast iron skillet or griddle. | ethnicspoon.com
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How to Make Homemade Arepas

Homemade arepas are easy to make, and so versatile. You can eat them plain, or stuff them with your favorite filling. They are a typical South American treat.

Course Appetizer/Main Dish
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword authentic, Colombia, corn flour, masarepa, pulled chicken, South American food, Venezuela dishes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 5 servings
Calories 589 kcal



Chicken Filling

  • 1 ¼ lb chicken breast
  • ¾ cup Mixes and Medleys mustard salad dressing
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • cup onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Mixes and Medleys mustard salad dressing to add at the end
  • 2 ½ Tbsp queso fresco crumbled


To Make Arepas:

  1. In a large bowl mix together arepa flour, and Kosher salt.

  2. Slowly add in the water, mixing with a wooden spoon.

  3. Cover, and let it rest for about 25 minutes.

  4. Start making patties that are about 4" in diameter by ½" thick. You need this thickness so you can split them.

  5. Heat oil in pan (I use a cast iron skillet) to medium heat, and cook until the arepas are brown on both sides. 

  6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

To make chicken:

  1. Poke holes in chicken breast with a fork then place dressing in a large sealable bag, and put the chicken inside. Allow it to marinate in the refrigerator for about one hour

  2. Heat olive oil in non-stick pan on medium, and cook chicken covered, for about 5 minutes on each side. If chicken breasts are thick, you might need to cook longer.

  3. Place chicken on a cutting board, and shred using two forks.

  4. Place shredded chicken back in the same skillet, sprinkle in salt, and stir.

  5. Add onion, garlic, and cilantro and stir to combine. Cook for about 10 minutes on medium, stirring often.

  6. Add dressing and stir.

To assemble:

  1. Slice arepa in half lengthwise. Fill with about 4 oz. of chicken each. Sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro. Top with other arepa slice, like a sandwich.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Homemade Arepas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 589 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 1374mg60%
Potassium 745mg21%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.