Buttery, flaky crescent roll crusts wrapped around a simple chicken, cream cheese and cheddar filling, coated with butter cracker crumbs and then after baking, drizzled with a chicken-y sour cream gravy. My husband and kids fuuh-lipped over these pillowy little poultry sandwiches! Chicken Pillows are new to our menu rotation and have already been requested for two other occasions. As I mentioned in my Homemade Corndogs post, Nicki, at Chef in Training never disappoints when I try one of her recipes. I’ve had this one pinned for a very long time and I’m so glad I rediscovered it when I was sorting through my Pinterest boards.
I changed very little, from Nicki’s original recipe. I added onion, parsley and garlic to the filling. I also increased the cheese and put it in the filling, instead of the gravy. Lastly, I chose butter crackers, instead of saltines for the crumbs. You can see Nicki’s original recipe, here.
I’m so excited about this dish and I’m already dreaming of dozens of possible variations like Chicken Jalapeno Popper Pillows, or creating them as a twist on my Thanksgiving Casserole, Turkey and Stuffing Pillows. Wouldn’t Chicken Cordon Blue Pillows or Chicken and Spinach Pillows with Smoked Gouda be awesome? The possibilities are limitless and I’m guessing you will see other “pillows” at Busy-at-Home, in the future! Enjoy!
- 1 (8 oz) can crescent rolls (8 count)
- 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
- ¼ cup butter
- 2-3 cups Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced and divided
- 3 Tablespoons red onion, finely minced
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 sleeve butter crackers, crushed (like Ritz)
- 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
- ¼ cup whole milk
- ½ cup sour cream
- optional, extra parsley for garnish
- Cook and shred your chicken. You could also use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, if you have it on hand. I buy the 10 lb. bag of Tyson flash-frozen chicken breasts at Sam's Club, roast all ten pounds at once and then shred or chop it for the freezer. I divide it into ziptop freezer bags and then I can just pull a bag from the freezer, already cooked, when I get ready to make a recipe like this one.
- Open the crescent dough and separate all eight triangles.
- Roll each triangle of dough into a ball and then flatten each ball into a 4-inch round. I just use my fingers and press them out on the counter.
- Mix the shredded chicken, cream cheese, butter, cheddar cheese, onion, parsley and garlic in a medium bowl until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Divide the chicken filling into eight equal portions and spoon one portion into the center of each crescent round.
- Fold the crescent dough around the filling, overlapping as you go and sealing the edges by pinching them closed.
- Place the "pillow" seam-side down on the counter, gently shaping it into a perfect round disk and flattening the top.
- Repeat with all eight pillows and set them aside.
- In a bowl that is big enough to comfortably dip one "pillow" into, beat the egg and water.
- Use a rolling pin, crush the envelope of butter crackers into fairly fine crumbs.
- Take one "pillow" and dip it in the beaten egg.
- Coat the dipped "pillow" in the cracker crumbs and place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining "pillows".
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until crusts are golden brown.
- While the Chicken Pillows are baking, whisk together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and milk in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the sauce is smooth and hot. (Don't boil it.)
- Remove the pillows from the oven and place baking sheet on a cooling rack.
- Move one or two pillows to a plate, drizzle with gravy and, if desired, sprinkle with fresh, minced parsley.
Do you have a favorite, simple and homey, comfort-food dish that your family asks for again and again?
Can you think of some other delicious filling variations for this tasty “pillow”-style recipe? What would your twist on Chicken Pillows be? Please share your ideas in a comment, below!