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Monday, June 8, 2009

Chicken Pockets

A couple of weeks ago I got to experiments and made some chicken pockets. These are very easy and quick to make, and they are very versatile and inexpensive. They makes a great snack or lunch time food for kids. And it would also be a great appetizer to serve at parties, or even a wedding or shower!

Along with the recipe, below you'll find some photos I took of the process, and below that you'll find my usual tips and suggestions for the recipe. I have a lot of great ideas for variations on this one. I'd love to hear your ideas for this as well!

Recipe for Chicken Pockets:
1 can crescent rolls
1 can chicken breast, drained
2-3 spoon fulls mayo (depends on how much mayo you like)

Directions: Pull crescents apart. There should be 8 triangles. Put two of the rolls together so that it makes a rectangle shape. Use your fingers to press the two rolls together. Repeat with the rest of the rolls. Mix up your mayo and chicken. Spoon out some of the chicken mixture onto the roll. (see pic below) Then roll the dough up into a pocket. Press the dough again with your fingers to make sure the pocket is sealed. Bake according to the instructions on the crescent roll package.

Notes: After placing the chicken mixture on the dough, I had a little bit of chicken mixture left. You may want to use all the chicken in your pockets, but if not then the chicken mixture is great by itself or on a salad or regular sandwich bread.

The rolls look kind of funny because I used off brand crescent rolls which taste great, but they don't always break away perfectly!

At least they looked better after baking!

Tips and Suggestions:
-To make these a little more flavorful or "grown up" if you will, you could try adding any of the following, a spoonful of poppy seeds, celery seed, or dill seed.
-Shredded cheese would add a lot to this as well. (Wish I had thought about it at the time, in fact!)
-You could also add a spoonful of pickle relish. (I love dill!) Or add a piece of chopped celery (yum!), or add a little chopped onion. And I think bacon bit would be delicious in this as well.
-And some people like to put chopped pecans in their chicken salad mixtures, as well as grapes or craisons. Personally it's not my cook of tea, but I know a lot of people would like this.
-Also, if you don't like mayonnaise, you use miracle whip, cream cheese, or a salad dressing of your choice. (I think ranch would be yummy!) And you could always use barbecue sauce or even buffalo sauce!
-Serving note/idea - The great thing about these is that if you have any leftover, they're great to reheat later. I personally ate 2 of these, and it was enough to fill me up for lunch. If you have small children, instead of doing the pockets with two crescents, I'd recommend doing single crescents, and roll them up like usual with the chicken mixture inside, to make a total of 8 roll-ups. This may also be a better option if you want to make these as a party food.



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