Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pillows

There are SO many versions of "chicken pillows" floating around out there that it was refreshing to find something a little different. My husband's sister makes chicken pillows, which my husband loves, but I thought the addition of not only cheddar cheese, but also BACON, really adds extra oomph to these guys. 

Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pillows
Adapted from Eat Cake for Dinner
Printable Recipe

Preheat the oven to 375°
Gather your ingredients:
1 tube Crescent Roll Dough (Someday i'll try this with homemade crescent dough)
1 Chicken Breast, cooked and shredded*
4-6 Slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled (If you're awesome like me, you'll cook up the chicken in the leftover bacon grease. Mm!)
2 oz. Softened Cream Cheese
1 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 Tbp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp. minced Garlic
1/2 tsp. Lemon Pepper Seasoning (I might leave this out next time)
1/2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Pepper

*Shredded Chicken
 Dump cream cheese, lemon juice, and all the other seasonings into a small-medium size bowl and combine.
 Then, dump in the chicken, bacon and cheese.
 Stir it all up. Now, hold the bowl up to your face and take a moment to smell it. Smells gooood, doesn't it?
 Unroll your crescent dough onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Because there is just two and a half of us eating these, I make them big and use two Crescent triangles to make a rectangle. Pinch the seams together. If you want to make more, you can just use the triangles individually to make 8.
 Scoop a HEAPING 1/4 cup full of the mixture onto the center of each square. Fold up all the edges to make this cute little guy.
 Flip them over and pinch closed any open seams. Pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
 In the meantime we're going to put together a nice fatty gravy. The original recipe calls for 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup, Sour Cream and Milk, but I didn't have ay sour cream so I went with the soup and a can of Evaporated Milk.
 Add Cream of Chicken and Evaporated milk to a cute little pink saucepan and mix it together with a cute pink whisk (or whatever is in YOUR kitchen). Heat it all up on low-medium heat.
 Once you pull the pillows out of the oven, they will be golden and beautiful and soft with a little bit of crispiness. Yum!
 Cover them with gravy and eat to your heart's content!

Extra Notes: Next time, I will add more bacon. The flavor was good, but just didn't come through quite enough for me. To make this a little healthier, you can use fat-free cream cheese, don't cook the chicken in bacon grease, use turkey bacon, or whip up some healthier gravy somehow. If you are making smaller pillows with just one triangle of dough each, the cooking time is still the same. :)

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