Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Recipe: chicken squares

I don't know where this recipe came from, but we always got excited when we had these for dinner growing up.  Now that I have my own place, they are a staple company meal.  They fit the criteria:  they're easy, look pretty, and taste wonderful.

Chicken Squares
serves 4

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2 cups cooked chicken
2 T butter, softened
3 oz cream cheese
2 T milk
1 t. salt {or to taste, since the chicken is already cooked}
1 T chives
1 can 8 ct. crescent rolls

Dump ingredents, minus crescent rolls, into a mixer and start 'er up.

Mix until it looks like this.

Note: You can make the filling ahead and chill for a few days or even put it in the freezer until you need it.

Open your can of crescent rolls and make four squares out of them, pinching the seams closed.  I forgot to take a picture of this step.  Put 1/4 of filling on each square and bundle them up, making sure all the filling is securely inside.  Place them on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.


Note: I try to keep cooked chicken in my freezer at all times so that things like this are easy.  My favorite way is to buy rotisserie chickens when they're on sale, take the meat off the bone, and measure the chicken into bags in two cup increments, since that's what most recipes seem to call for. Then I bag up and freeze the carcasses to make chicken broth at a later date. 

Another Note:  I usually keep a box of puff pastry sheets in my freezer {found with other frozen doughs in your freezer section}.  I've made this recipe with one of those, also, and it worked wonderfully.  Just adjust your cooking time and temp. according to the package.

Yet Another Note:  these make great appetizers or finger foods.  If you separate each crescent roll and make them half the size, or even cut those in half and fill accordingly, you have a pretty appetizer for a party.

Just One More Note:  If you are a spinach fan, you can add frozen or fresh chopped spinach.  Just make sure if you use frozen that you drain it well, or your dough will steam and be watery and yucky.  If you are like me, add up to a cup to the filling.  If you are like my mom, add a whole bag/box.  Whatever floats your boat. 

1 comment:

  1. we love these. i like the spinach idea!!

    we made a "cheeseburger square" once...well more than one, so i guess squareS. we just fried up ground beef, mixed with cheese and cheese soup. stuff crescent rolls. and voila. dinner. they were good too.

    when we made the batch of chicken squares left from when you guys were over we added cheese to them too, on the top of the rolls, well squares. and it was yummy. :)