June 27, 2008

Chicken Packets

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Chicken Packets has been one of my favorite meals since childhood. My mom had this recipe book, and she would draw a smiley face next to the recipes we liked. I remember coming across this recipe one day and drawing like 50 smiley faces all around the recipe. I loved it. I still love it. And now I can appreciate how quick and easy it is to make. Kevin calls them Hot Pockets. He *always* comes up with a fast food / boxed food alternative name for all my recipes. :p Whatever you call them, they are just downright good. And picky-kid approved. :D

Here’s what’ you’ll need:
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
1 (3 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp milk
2 pkgs refrigerated crescent rolls
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

For the chicken, you can cook it any way you like. Boil it and shred it, grill it and slice it, cut it up and cook it in the skillet with some olive oil, or you can even buy that pre-packaged stuff from the grocery store. :D However you do it, just make sure you have about 2 cups of bite-sized chicken.

Let’s get started:
Preheat your oven to 350 and spray a rectangular baking sheet with Pam. Or don’t, if you use a Pampered Chef baking stone like me. :) Unroll the first package of crescent rolls. Each tube will contain 4 rectangles of dough with a diagonal perforation. Press along diagonal perforation to seal together and arrange on baking sheet. Like this:

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Mix chicken, softened cream cheese, and milk a large bowl. I can never remember to soften my cream cheese on the counter, so usually I put it in the bowl first and warm it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so until it softens up. Then I mix in the chicken and milk. Stir that up really good, then start spooning it into the middle of each rectangle.

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Make sure you leave some room on the edges so you can seal the packets. Open the second package of crescent rolls and lay those 4 rectangles over your chicken mixture.

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Melt 2 tbsp butter in a small bowl and brush over packets. Sprinkle on seasoned breadcrumbs.

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Bake at 350 for 20-25 mins or until golden brown.

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Yummy, yummy, yummy. And ya know? I bet these would be good with other stuff mixed in. Salt and pepper? Fresh herbs? Maybe a packet of Italian or Ranch dressing?? I’m always looking to spice up my favorite recipes, so if you make a modification that you just love, leave me comment and let me know!! I wanna try it!! :D

And of course, Chicken Packets has its own scrapbook page in its honor! It was one of the first ones I ever made.

chicken packets scrapbook recipe page

Chicken Packets


 
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
1 (3 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp milk
2 pkgs refrigerated crescent rolls
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350. Spray rectangular baking sheet with Pam. Mix chicken, cream cheese, and milk a large bowl. Unroll crescent rolls. Each tube will contain 4 rectangles of dough with a diagonal perforation. Press along diagonal perforation to seal together. Spoon chicken mixture into the center of 4 rectangles. Place the other 4 rectangles over the filling and pinch the edges together of seal tightly. Brush each packet with melted butter and coat with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 for 20-25 mins or until golden brown. Makes 4 packets.



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44 Comments



 
 

1
Shannon July 3, 2008 at 6:57 am

These look so yummy! I know my kids will love them. What do you serve them with? I was thinking zucchini?? I have NO idea!

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Erin July 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Sound delicious and easy adding some nice seasoning to make it look like it took forever. Another great recipe to try.

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Melody July 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I mixed in tomatoes and green peppers and it was FANTASTIC! Thanks for the GREAT recipe!

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Lisa July 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I got a similar recipe from a friend years ago: I sautee’ mushrooms and then add scallions and chopped green chilis (Ortega-style) to the chicken/cream cheese… and then assemble. We serve them with country sausage gravy in the winter and they are an awesome comfort food!

LOVE your recipes/blog! My first time here, but I will be back!

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Natalie July 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm

I’ve been using a recipe similar to this for years, too. My recipe has chives, mushrooms and lemon pepper in with the cream cheese. I’ve substituted salsa for the mushrooms and lemon pepper with tasty results.
My daughter and I make large batches of these and freeze them for lunches.

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Lori September 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Amanda,

I made these last night and they were awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

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jenn October 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Hey amanda, Im trying to get some ideas for some things to take up to the hospital for my family to eat while my papaw is in ICU.. do you think these would reheat well in the microwave? Its so expensive eating at the hospital, but the only way to heat things is by microwave..lemme know :)

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Chelsea October 30, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Hey Amanda, I love your site, you are seriously talented! I just made these for dinner, VERY YUMMY! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas and recipes…

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Crystal December 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

These sound yummy! I think I will try these out on my husband and son. They are picky eaters. I think I will add some cheddar and bacon to them. Thanks for the recipe.

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Jennifer January 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I’ve been making a similar recipe for a while now, and it’s a favorite in my home. We’ve never used breadcrumbs (but we might now!).. but we mix some garlic powder in with the chicken and cream cheese.

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Momo January 21, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I just made these and they look delicious, mine aren’t nearly as pretty as yours but they taste amazing! I think some trial and error is in order! I added chedder cheese and chives !!

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Ashley March 2, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I made these tonight and they were so yummy! I am a pretty picky eater but all these ingredients I love! I think they’d be great heated up for my lunches at work…a nice alternative to the normal food I take! Thanks for sharing…

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Tracey March 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm

These look really yummy, I have a couple picky eaters in the household, this they may like :-) What do you serve it with?

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Lynn March 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Tried this tonight! I can’t believe I’ve had this recipe for so long and never tried it before. This will be great for those nights I need something quick to fix. I served it with a pasta salad and it made a really great meal for all!

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Mellissa October 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I was looking for a quick and easy dinner tonight, and made these. They were great! I tossed some fresh spinach, onions, mushrooms and green pepper in the food processor for a a few seconds and added it to the chicken mixture. They turned out really well, and my kids loved it dipped in marinara sauce. Yum! Thanks so much for the idea.

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darci December 8, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I’m wondering if this would be good as a chicken cordon bleu type dish- adding swiss cheese and a little ham and broccoli or something. Maybe I’ll try that next time…THANKS for yet another delish meal :)

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Suzanne August 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Yum, that sounds awesome. Great idea!

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Nichelle February 10, 2010 at 12:08 am

Amanda, just checked out the recipe scrapbook pages {what a beautiful cookbook that would make!}. I gotta tell you that you are breaking some law for creating such cute things like that drives people to want to cuten up their own blogs {guilty as charged}! I mean seriously!!!!! How adorable are those recipe cards!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jennifer February 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Love these. We have tried these twice. First time I followed recipe exactly, Second time I added sauteed peppers and onions but left off bread crumbs. Definite keeper in my recipe rotation.

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Allison February 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Hey! I made these!
Since we’re a family of five, I thought to double the recipe (little did I know that that wasn’t necessary because the packets are humungo and there’s now four leftover packets in the fridge for tomorrow’s consumption!). I added 1/2c bacon bits and a couple swirls around the bowl of Ranch (Hidden Valley thankyouverymuch) and had enough stuffing for EASILY another four packets.
Cooked for 20 mins and HOLLLLLLEEEEE COW! So yummy! Hubby liked them and said he would love to have them again! They went great with salad as our side dish! These would also be awesome with broccoli, corn, fruit salad, ANYTHING. These go will with pretty much ANY side dish.
Thanks Amanda! Tomorrow I’ll be making the breakfast casserole. I’ll let you know how that goes too!
*sorry for the novel-of-a-post*

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Kate April 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Yum! Made these tonight to use up some leftover grilled chicken from yesterday and they were a HUGE hit! I added some thawed & drained frozen spinach, and some Penzey’s Fox Point & Singapore seasonings. We only had plain breadcrumbs, so I added the same seasonings with some paprika. So good!

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Ivana April 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

i am gonna try this for my jewelry PARTY:) thanks, i am loving your site.

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Dana May 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

These are scrumptious! I have added pecans to mine and loved the extra crunch. I’ve also added chopped green onions for some extra zing.

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Kathy May 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

My whole family absolutey loved this an we don’t even like cream cheese! My husband, who has been trying to loose weight, looked up the nutritional value for these suckers on caloriecount.com and they are really not bad for you!! He ate the leftovers as snacks. Next time I may just make them the triangle size (snack size) and keep them around for the hubby to snack on. Great idea, thanks!!

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LaDonna June 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

I fix these and include some chopped onion in the chicken mixture. Delicious!

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Caitlin June 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Hi Amanda! I’ve been stalking your blog for awhile now but this is my first time commenting. I tried this recipe tonight and loved it; even my super, super picky fiance loved it! Just wondering – is there a particular way you prefer to prepare the chicken (or a particular type of left over chicken) that you like to use best? I chopped and cooked mine in olive oil, salt and pepper and it was good – but I’ll bet it could be GREAT! Thanks for all of your hard work on this blog!

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Sariah September 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I love these with small diced celery. You can also make a cream of chicken soup gravy for them too! I love the “hot pocket” idea of them. great idea!

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Jenn January 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

my mom makes these all the time! she adds dry onion soup mix to the mixture and it is sooooo delish.

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Jennifer January 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Can I just say I made these tonight and they were absolutely delicious and so easy to make!!! A new favorite in my house!

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Janeen March 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

Love these! I cooked the chicken in olive oil with Italian seasonings and garlic salt. Then I added minced onion and garlic cloves to the pan. I also added cooked broccoli to the chicken mixture to get some good green veggies in (plus I think it increases the aesthetic appeal of the filling). We had friends over for dinner and everyone loved it! So yummy!!

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Sydney March 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

YUM!! I just wanted to contribute our family’s variation to this DELISH recipe!! We actually just lay out the cresent rolls, put a pile of the chicken/cream cheese goodness in the middle, and fold them up over the top so they look like little blobs {hence, we call them ‘Chicken Blobs’}, and then once they come out of the oven, we laddle some hot cream of chicken soup over the top! MMMM BOY!!

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Sherrie March 8, 2011 at 8:38 am

Your Chicken Packet recipe resembles my “Chicken Pocket” recipe, however I omit the cream cheese and milk. For each pocket, I use two crescent roll triangles, pinched together in the center, so you have one whole rectangle. I cook the chicken with carrots, onions, celery, salt and pepper, then place a spoonful of the chicken mixture in the center of the crescent rectangle. (The chicken mixture inside the pocket will be dry, but you could add chicken soup to the mixture to make it creamy.) Fold each corner of the crescent roll toward the center and pinch them together, so it looks like a little sack of money. :) Cook the Chicken Pockets until the rolls are lightly browned. In the meantime, use one can of “Cream of” soup (I usually use cream of chicken) and a bit of milk to thin it out to a gravy consistency, add salt and pepper to taste. Before you serve the pockets, pour the gravy/soup over the top of them. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes, use the soup for gravy, and remember to make some veggies or a salad. Tonight though, I’m going to try them your way, thanks!

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Lanell March 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

I’ve made these for years. We have called them Chicken Pillows. I take the triangle and put filling in each one, then roll up and form into a pillow. Your method would save me some time. They take awhile to roll up, dip in butter and crumbs, and so on. I like the comments about different things to add in. Tonight I made the cinnamon bun icecream. It hasn’t set up yet, but I know it will be delicious just from licking the spoon. Yummy!

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Amy / MoMomma April 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

Yum! I made these tonight for the family.
I’ve blogged about it here: http://momommamoney.blogspot.com/2011/04/dinner-chicken-packets-as-seen-on-kevin.html

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Amanda April 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

Yum! Love your take on these! :)

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Dawn Moore April 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

I made these last night for dinner and they were so good. I covered my skinless/boneless chicken breasts in Montreal Steak Seasoning and then cooked them on the stove in olive oil and butter. FANTASTIC!! I have used your recipes every night this week for dinner! My husband thanks you :) as do I for all your tasty dishes!! Tonight we will be having Red Beans and Rice.

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demi July 25, 2011 at 2:24 am

we do a dish very similar that is my FAVORITE! but we use roll dough and form little pockets, and also add celery into the filling. It’s delicious!! We also make it with leftover turkey after thanksgiving!

And I saw someone (a long time ago but still ha) asked what to serve it with and we always had it with potatoes and chicken gravy … YUM!

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Diana @ a girl, a dog and an oven July 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

This is a brilliant idea! My hubby will adore these. I love your blog! Just stumbled on you guys here, and I think I’m in love. Easy delicious recipes – and adorable dogs – yay!! :-)

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Suzanne August 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Made these for dinner tonight and they were super delicious. And so easy and quick to make, too. My favorite kind of recipe. I also didn’t realize how HUGE they would turn out. That made me happy, though, because it means I have leftovers for tomorrow. Yummy. Thanks for another awesome recipe, Amanda!

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Ashley March 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I’ve been making these for over 10 years and we just recently started using panko bread crumbs and it is so much better.

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