Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chicken Pastry Bundles with Red Pepper and Cream Cheese

Chicken Pastries with Red Pepper and Cheese
OK. I've done it. Following the good example of many of you do-gooders out there, I've decided to return to tracking my *many* eats. I'm a completely excessive snacker, and somehow have the appetite of a 300lb man who hasn't been fed in days. Thankfully, nature has been kind to me and I'm merely a 300lb man stuck in a woman's body, but don't look like it! :) Eating 3 granola bars a day isn't the worst thing you could do to your body but probably not the best, either. I tend to eat and forget exactly how much I consume when I'm hungry, stressed, and at work.

In any case, from here on out I'll be writing down what I eat. Hopefully I'll now eat 9 pieces of candy as opposed to 10. :)

Chicken Pastry Bundles served with broccoli

Prior to my food journal days, I ate copious amounts of this tasty dish, courtesy of hubby's Man Food Mondays. For those of you new to the game, hubby has graciously offered to cook us dinner on Mondays and I must say he's gone from not cooking to a total chef. I may have competition here, folks! It's been awhile since my last MFM post but that's out of my own sheer laziness, not his. Oh, and it's not Monday, but work with me here.

Chicken Pastry Bundles with Red Pepper and Cheese
We're not sure where this recipe came from, though it's one of the first meals that my boyfriend-now-husband cooked for me. Diced chicken is mixed with a cream cheese and dill mixture along with sauteed red pepper and onion. The delightful result is wrapped with crescent dough, then dunked in a bath of breading before baking to a golden crisp. Sound like a lot of calories? Well, it may be, but it's worth it! Try using reduced fat crescent dough and/or cream cheese if you're worried. I've given it a fancy name, but really we just call them Chicken Pockets!


Chicken Pastry Bundles with Red Pepper and Cream Cheese aka "Chicken Pockets" in our house

2 tablespoons of diced onion
1/2 cup diced red pepper
2 cups cooked chopped chicken
3 oz of cream cheese softened at room temp
1/4 - 1/2 tsp dill (to taste)
2 tablespoons of milk
3 tablespoons of melted butter
Italian bread crumbs
2 tubes of crescent roll dough

Directions:

1. In a pat of butter, saute diced red pepper and onion in a pat of butter. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.

2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, dill, onion, red pepper, and milk.

3. Roll out crescent rolls. Take two sections and press edges together to form a rectangle. Place 1/3 cup filling onto dough; wrap mixture with dough & seal the corners with warm water.

3. Dunk pocket into melted butter and then in Italian breadcrumbs.

4. Place on sprayed cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until golden brown.

45 comments:

Esi said...

You had me at pastry...

Snooky doodle said...

wow I would like my boyfriend to cook me these . The most I can get is a fried egg. Anyway these pockets look so good. You mad me hungry

recipes2share said...

These really hit the spot - I feel rather hungry!

diva said...

these pastry bundles are SEXY! i love how the chicken and cream cheese sorta ooozes out a little :) i'm the same. ppl often think i don't eat v much and am just skin and bones. but i eat 3 small main meals a day and snack every so often in btw - when ppl don't see!! if u observe me for a whole day, sometimes i can eat up to about 9 times a day.. it's that scary. x

Emily said...

Haha, did he invent this? It sounds SCRUMPTIOUS. I think he just might be on the way to a culinary career.

Those granola bars better be massive.

pigpigscorner said...

oh wow I'm impressed!! Sounds really delicious!

Sophie said...

Definitely an impressive meal! I see why he chose this as one of the first things to make for you! :)

kat said...

I bet these are a ton better than hot pockets from the freezer. Is this what convinced you to marry him?!

Mila said...

OMG these are fabulous! Not so great for my hips...but they look absolutely amazing!

Katie said...

Wow, how on earth do you cook the coolest food?!?! I'll take 2 please!

Maria said...

Pastry bundles...yum!!

That Girl said...

I adore chicken in pastry - crescent dough, pie pastry, phyllo...I'm not picky.

Kim in the Kitchen said...

Crescent rolls make everything yummy : )

Laura said...

This looks yummy. And exactly like the kind of thing I wish someone else would make for me. ;)

Ana Powell said...

Hi
Loved this recipe but no idea what crescent roll dough is.
Maybe there is something similar here in the UK. I, personally, haven't come across it yet.
Must do a few inquiries
Have a great weekend x

noble pig said...

Hey, I have the same appetite. These look like they would fit in over here very nicely.

ttfn300 said...

sounds fantastic :)

Erika said...

Those look great! I will have to put them on my list of recipes to try!

Helene said...

Wow, never seen that recipe before. Looks so good.

Grace said...

i think i'd enjoy anything wrapped in pastry. well, almost anything. chicken and cheese definitely counts--this is a great recipe!

N.D. said...

THis looks amazing. You make me look like a horrible non chef wife!!

BrittWilk said...

mmm... i make something similar to these! yours look extra yummy though! your hubby MUST be quite the chef! lucky you. :)

Kevin said...

That chicken looks so tasty!

alexandra's kitchen said...

crescent rolls are an amazing little thing to have on hand. this chicken looks divine and sounds so comforting. yum!

Dawn said...

whoa! that is some serious chicken....you obviously nailed this one.

MaryBeth said...

Fabulous!!! these look amazing, my husband would love them for dinner.

Leslie said...

Oh yummy! I should really start writting down what I eat.

alwaysadorable said...

OH MY! Yum, yum, yum! I think I gained three pounds just drooling over your pictures! And like you said, totally worth it. ;)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, that dish looks mighty scrumptious and tasty!

Cheers,

Rosa

Corrinne said...

Yum! This looks super good.... I stumbled this recipe. This would be super good with a goat cheese (such as Chavrie) instead of the cream cheese (and less fattening)! Thanks!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm printing this off and dashing off to the store now!

Sara said...

This looks amazing! A restaurant near me makes something similar, but wraps the chicken in phyllo.

Pam said...

You are lucky your husband made this for you - my husband has only made me bean and cheese burritos and pizza.

It's pretty, fun and it looks and sounds delicious. Great recipe.

KirkK said...

Whoa - that doesn't look anything like the "chicken pockets" I've had! ;o)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

MFM rock! This sounds delicious!

Bridgett said...

Wow, no wonder why you married the man. These look delicious!

Bunny said...

You're hubby made this....ok I'm jealous! This looks wonderful Sharon!

Anonymous said...

how many pockets does that make?
Have you ever tried to freeze them?
Thank you it looks really good!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Sounds relatively simple and tasty! I didn't realize MFM's where cooked by your husband. I should do WFW's with my wife:-)

Aggie said...

This looks AWESOME!! I have a rather large appetite too...maybe I should start a food journal.

Ashley said...

These look great!

Garrett said...

It is my firm belief that cream cheese is what makes the world go 'round =) You can throw it into any dish and people will devour it.

Natalie said...

omg this sounds amazing....i will use a jar of roasted red peppers....

L80k80 said...

This is a new favorite! I made it for dinner tonight and it was a big hit, thank you!

Anonymous said...

I made these a while ago, and now I'm revisiting the recipe because I have a craving for them again! :) I've made them twice before. Very easy to make and VERRRRY delicious. SO HUNGRY, MUST COOK NOW.