Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chicken Pillows {A.K.A. Chicken Baseballs or Chicken Crescent Rolls}

I have been making something called Chicken Baseballs for years.  I have modified my recipe several times and shared it with many, many friends.  I think I originally got the recipe off of the Weight Watchers online recipe exchange after I had my 2nd child.  It is one of the few recipes that has stood the test of time, because they are quick, tasty, and kid-friendly!  

A few weeks ago I saw a very similar recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything, one of my favorite foodie blogs.  Her version took the Chicken Baseballs that I knew and loved to the next level, something I would even be proud to serve up to company!  The secret is, they are still EASY!  It is a win-win!  Give them a try, I bet your whole family will love them too!

Ingredients chicken.  I guess I forgot to put the chicken in the shot.  Please note the beautiful chives!  These are from my herb garden!  My herbs are finally big enough to start using!

Chicken Pillows

Mix together with mixer (or by hand if your cream cheese is soft enough):
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream

Stir in:
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ Tablespoons dried chives
1 ½ Tablespoons fresh onion minced
3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (around 3 cups)

Assemble Pillows:
2 (8 ounce) cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
1/4 cup melted butter
Italian bread crumbs (around 2 cups)

1 (14.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (0.87) package chicken gravy mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and sour cream until well combined. You can do this by hand if your cream cheese is soft enough. Stir in salt, pepper, onion, chives, and diced chicken.

Using Pillsbury crescent rolls, take 2 triangular rolls and push together at perforated seam to make into a square. Make sure you seal the perforations well so your filling doesn't come out. Put about 3 tablespoons of chicken mixture in the center of each square. Fold the dough corners to the center over the chicken mixture forming a pillow.

 Dip each pillow in melted butter on both sides. Roll in bread crumbs on both sides. Shake excess crumbs off.  {My pillows started to fall apart when I did it this way.  Here is what I did instead: Place pillows on a greased baking sheet.  Using a basting brush, coat the pillows with the melted butter.  Liberally sprinkle with bread crumbs.} Place chicken pillow on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Make gravy by mixing one package of chicken gravy mix, one can of cream of chicken soup and 3/4 can of water in a small pot. Mix together and heat until warm. Serve chicken pillows with gravy poured over top.

1 comment:

  1. WOW! These look so good and I love Pillsbury crescent rolls. I like how you did the butter too, brushing it on instead. Thanks for that tip. These really look and sound delicious. You have really good recipes!



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