Easy Peasy Cheesy Crescent Chicken Pockets
This recipe is courtesy of my friend Shelby Bates. We get together for dinner quite often and switch off making meals.
One night we'll make a meal at our house, and the next she'll make one at hers. It's nice to have a large repertoire of easy-to-make meals for a small group of people for just such occasions.
As our dinner parties are usually last minute, it's also nice to have precooked chicken breasts available to grab and thaw quickly for quick meals in the oven.
I figured that since we were switching off making meals together, that we could offer you a chance at all of these same meals. When I asked Shelby about it, she was thrilled.
So these pictures, and this recipe is courtesy of her, donated to my growing book of recipes.
You won't see the steps in cooking the chicken breast in this recipe because she just used pre-cooked chicken breasts that she had set aside for just such an occasion.
She is currently in college full-time and has a load of other responsibilities that keep her super busy all day. So when she gets home at night and doesn't have time for a huge meal, she likes to be able to just toss something in the oven.
Other than the short time it took her to thaw the precooked chicken breasts, this meal was quick and easy, and only took 30 minutes in the oven (just enough time for her to get ready for dinner guests).
As simple as this recipe seems, it was truly delicious! The croissants were crispy, the insides were creamy, and I even went back for seconds, it was so yummy!
This was definitely going to be repeated in our own home.
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 1 regular can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups shredded cheese, any flavor
- 1 (8 count) can crescent rolls
- Begin by thawing your chicken breast.
- If it has not already been cooked, this would be a great time to do so. I suggest 400 degrees F for an hour in a sprayed casserole dish.
- Int he meantime, prepare a 9x13 inch casserole dish by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with cooking spray.
- On the stove, add your can of cream of chicken soup. However, instead of adding in a can of water, add instead a can of milk.
- Once your chicken is finished thawing/cooking, you'll want to lower your oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Then shred your chicken on a cutting board.
- Unroll your crescent roll package and roll out each crescent roll flat.
- Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of shredded chicken into the middle of each crescent roll.
- Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of cheese on top of the shredded chicken in the middle of each crescent roll.
- Fold up the sides of each crescent over the toppings.
- Press the edges all around each pocket the seal in the toppings.
- Lay each one evenly spaced into your prepared casserole dish and pour your cream of chicken mixture over the top of all of your crescent pockets.
- Pop it into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve by portioning out 2 crescent pockets per plate and sprinkling each with the juices leftover in the pan.
- I suggest serving with a side of steamed broccoli and homemade mashed potatoes.
- Yummy! Yummy!
|Serving size: 2 crescent chicken pockets|
|Calories from Fat||180|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 20 g||31%|
|Carbohydrates 20 g||7%|
|Protein 20 g||40%|
|Cholesterol 89 mg||30%|
|Sodium 600 mg||25%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
This can be such a healthy meal if you choose without adding any extra time to your recipe.
Consider making your own Alternative to Cream of Chicken Soup with butter, flour, chicken broth and milk to get rid of many of the chemicals and preservatives found in the pre-made canned version.
It only takes an extra few minutes and the results will be fresh, creamy, hot, and delicious!
Think about making your own Healthier Crescent Rolls the night before to avoid many of the preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients in the pre-made canned version.
But if all of that sounds like too much work, just consider baking or grilling your chicken and using a white cheese, an this alone will give you the lower calorie count you're looking for.
Don't let these suggestions be anything more than just that though. This was one of the better chicken recipes I've ever eaten. It truly was delicious!
What sauce do you like best with your chicken?
© 2014 Victoria Van Ness