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Appetizers for the Kitchen Novice - easy Chicken Puffs for Starters

Updated on April 29, 2012
Garlic chicken puffs made with a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls
Garlic chicken puffs made with a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls

Crescent roll chicken puffs and other ideas

I started making appetizers this year for all the Packer games. I have done it off and on over the years, but this year I am actually getting creative in the kitchen for the games and making my own appetizers instead of just throwing in a frozen pizza. The crescent roll has become my favorite appetizer "package", a way of delivering all sorts of goodies to my family. My first crescent roll appetizer was this simple chicken garlic puff. I used two cans of crescent rolls for this and it is made with two cooked and shredded chicken breasts, 4 ounces of cream cheese and 2 tsp of garlic powder. Soften the cream cheese and mix the chicken and garlic into it. I flattened out all the crescent rolls and cut them in half before placing a small amount of the mixture into the center of each crescent roll. This makes 32 chicken puffs. They are then baked for about 14 minutes at 350° and are pure perfection! You can use almost any kind of condiment as a dipping sauce but ranch dressing and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce are my family's favorites.

I have tried many varieties of these crescent chicken puffs since making the original. I have added hot sauce to make buffalo chicken puffs that were to die for. Be careful as you only need about a 1/2 teaspoon of hot sauce or just a couple of shakes of the bottle. I have added various amounts of ranch dressing, sour cream and mayonnaise to get slightly different textures and flavors. I would not suggest using only ranch mixed with the chicken, but a touch of it added to mayo or cream cheese is great. I have also added chopped jalapenos to the chicken mixture one time and chopped bacon another time. A favorite we just made again yesterday was the pepperoni/string cheese rollups. We used spaghetti sauce as our dipping sauce. I have not been disappointed with any of the many varieties I have tried. My children have especially loved the ranch chicken puffs and pepperoni roll ups.

One thing I like to play around with is the way that I wrap the crescent roll. Some need to be pinched shut if the insides are runny, others can be left more open. Another idea is to put mini marshmallows and chocolate chips in the crescent rolls. Wrap them up and you have an easy, excellent dessert. Top it with chocolate syrup to dress it up, delish! Experiment and try some of these ideas! They are really fun recipes to do with kids. Let me know what you think of these and let me hear some of your own filling ideas!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    thank you so much for checking out my hub. the possibilities are really endless when using crescent rolls! I love this as buffalo chicken. They are a bit messy to make, but worth it and are so cute when done! Hope you enjoy these as much as my family does, teaches!

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    I am game for trying this recipe for my next dinner guests. It is simply yummy looking in the photo and must be even better in reality. I like the fact that it is simple to make and has some protein in the ingredients. Well done!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    For the super bowl, I added shredded cheese to some of the chicken puffs instead of cream cheese. This also worked well. I made vegetarian puffs out of just shredded cheese in the crescent rolls, I used mozzarella for less grease and these were great dipped in pasta sauce!

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    homesteadpatch 6 years ago from Michigan

    Those do look good! Voted up!

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    Amber Dahnke 6 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    they really don't get overly runny with mayo, I do only use regular Hellman's. when it's mixed with the cream cheese it holds together well. I also did these up with turkey salad (made it just like my chicken salad, mayo and salt/pepper), I did not add any cream cheese to them and they still held up. I do try to pinch them closed better if it is a runnier filling. my husband cooked up 5 lbs of chicken yesterday so I'm making all sorts of them today for the game!

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    Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

    And they look so attractive too! When you use mayo, doesn't it get all runny? (I use the crescent rolls with those tiny hot dogs to make pigs-in-a-blanket)

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    Momstalk 6 years ago from Rock springs Wy

    I love this idea! Thank you!

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    rjsadowski 6 years ago

    A lot of good ideas. Thanks for sharing. Go Packers!