on our birthdays we got to request the menu. as kids, we had clear favorites, & these chicken crescents were pretty much my go-to. when i was coming home from college & my mom knew after finals i could really use some comfort food, these were my first meal home. i l-o-v-e them.
& i thought maybe they were a "you had to be in our family" meal, but i was wrong. since then, this guy, this couple and several others i've made them for have fallen head over heels. (it's a little hard not to love chicken in a cheesy goodness wrapped in crescent rolls). plus, they look fancy! best part? they are oh so easy to make! even better, they're what my grandmother calls "one substantial dish" in other words, you don't really need sides. without further adieu:
- 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken (~3 chicken breasts)
- 3 oz cream cheese
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp chopped onion
- 1 package pillsbury crescent rolls
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp melted better
- shredded cheese (or cheese croutons!)
either bake chicken breasts at 325 degrees for 50 minutes, or if in a hurry, cook it on stove top. cube it. soften butter & cream cheese. blend. add chicken, salt, milk, onion and milk well. unroll crescent rolls into 4 rectangles (so keep two rolls attached together in packages of 8). place chicken mixture in the middle of rectangle and pinch dough so four corners cover mixture and are pressed together (opposite corners together, then all mushed together). brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cheese. don't worry if they're messy, that's the point! bake heat/time according to crescent roll directions & then watch until they brown on top. bon appetit!
i happen to think this simple recipe is worthy of a fancy restaurant & am waiting for some swanky chicago spot to call my mom and ask for a tutorial in chicken crescents!