5.17.2012

Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

I learned tonight that onion powder looks very identical to garlic powder. They're in the same type/color container, too. It's a good thing I noticed this difference right when it happened, versus after the chicken pillows came out of the oven. I ended up scooping the top layer of chicken right outta the bowl and tossing it. I guess my blog title can be perfectly fitting sometimes...   The onion powder is now on the opposite side of the cabinet.

These little pillows of love were just perfect for an overcast day. Ryan got off work early, so he walked in right when these came out of the oven. We all (including the manchild) gobbled them up with some fresh pears and green beans (excluding Ryan... he hates green beans with a passion) and headed straight to the park to enjoy the evening. The chicken pillows were so filling, and very rich with creamy parmesan flavor. I loved how the inside filling was so warm and scrumptious, but the outside biscuit layer was crispy - with the parmesan sauce slathering every bite along the way. I cut the recipe in half, and it was plenty for our little family. It made about 8 pillows, and we had 4 left over.

Mel has such a wonderful website - and has some really tasty ideas that I can't wait to try and devour. I didn't want to make her parmesan sauce, though, so I used my basic alfredo sauce and added a bunch of parmesan cheese. Also, her recipe calls for homemade rolls. Obviously I didn't want to... Pillsbury made my rolls tonight. Cut the prep time in half.

I like to think of these as the female version of beef wellington.

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Chicken Pillows with Creamy Parmesan Sauce
based on Mel's Kitchen Cafe but with my own adaptations to the rolls and sauce

Filling:
2 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded (I threw mine in the crock pot for 4 hours on high with 1 cup chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, garlic powder)
1 package light cream cheese
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt

Rolls and Coating:
1 package Pillsbury Jumbo Biscuits
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 C panko bread crumbs
1/2 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Parmesan Sauce:
2 T butter
2 T flour
1 1/2 C milk
1 t minced garlic
1/2 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt
pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Cook the chicken however the heck you want to, then shred it. In a medium bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, garlic powder and salt and mix until well combined. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.

Pop open your jumbo biscuits and flatten each of them out to about 1/4 an inch. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture into the center. Fold up all sides and pinch together to seal well. 

When all the chicken pillows have been formed, combine the panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. One by one, dip each chicken pillow in the melted butter and roll in the panko/Parmesan mixture. Place seam side down about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for about 18-20 minutes, until the chicken pillows are lightly golden brown and the dough is baked through.

While the rolls are baking, prepare the sauce. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add minced garlic. Whisk in the flour, cooking over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is golden and bubbly. Slowly whisk in the milk, salt and pepper once the milk has been completely added. Stir constantly over medium heat until the sauce thickens and bubbles, about 5-10 minutes, taking care to adjust the heat accordingly so the sauce doesn't burn on the bottom. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted. Remove the sauce from the heat. Thin the sauce with a little milk if needed.

Serve the rolls warm from the oven with Parmesan cream sauce drizzled over the top.

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32 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for linking up this week to Fantabulous Friday #13!! Make sure you enter the giveaway for some fantabulous;) prizes!!

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  2. I love anything made with ready made dough...biscuits, dinner rolls, crescent rolls, you name it. This looks and sounds delish so I'm adding it to my list of "to make" recipes. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Me too! They're just so easy to use - and the family always loves them! You guys will go crazy for these.

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  3. everything you make looks so delicious!

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    1. Heather! You're always so kind - thanks so much. These were so tasty!

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  4. Looks yummy. I have a similar recipe but there is no garlic powder or salt instead green onions (so I don't think your onion powder slip up would have been too terrible), I also use the crescent rolls instead. The panko and Parmesan sounds so much better than the original recipe that I have too. . . so much so that I just dropped the bread crumb coating and the gravy, but I may try it with this recipe (I would still stick with the crescent rolls over the biscuits, but that is because I get a funky after taste from the biscuits)

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    1. Crescent rolls are SO yummy - I really loved the jumbo biscuits, but next time I'll have to try the crescents. Sounds really good!

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  5. I can't wait to try this recipe. I'm planning to prepare this tomorrow night for supper. Thanks!

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  6. Mmmmmm! Making my mouth water... can't wait to try these :)
    Thanks for sharing AND linking up with us! XOXO

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    1. You'll love 'em! They were so easy, and so filling!

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  7. Oh my. These look heavenly! So light and fluffy :) Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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  8. Oh, wow, these look absolutely scrumptious!

    Visiting from Making the World Cuter

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    1. Thanks so much Kristin! They certainly were.

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  9. That looks so good!! And not too challenging. I'll have to pin it!

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    1. Oh! Please do! They were so yummy - I honestly can't wait to make them again for my little family.

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  10. Any suggestion on what to eat as a side for it besides green beans?

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    1. Hmmm, any veggie you want, really. I'd maybe do some steamed carrots or maybe use some corn of the cob? Not sure what your family's taste buds will love, but those would be my second choices.

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  11. These look really yummy. I think I will have to try this sometime.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting! Let me know how it goes when you try it :)

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  12. These looks so tasty and perfect for leftover roast chicken. I would love it if you would share on my linky party Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-7.html

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  13. Thank you so much for linking up this yummy recipe (which I have to try!) at my Unveil Your Genius link party last week. I hope you'll link up again soon!
    http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/05/unveil-your-genius-link-party-12.html

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  14. Congratulations you made the Top Five @ CountryMommaCooks Link and Greet Party..stop by and pick up a button : )

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  15. YUM! These look fantastic - in any weather!! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You're right! They were just right for a rainy day, but I don't think I can think of a bad time to have these :)

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  16. That sounds like an incredible dinner idea!!! I'm sure my little monsters would gobble it up in no time!!!

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  17. I had a hard time making sure the biscuits were cooked thoroughly, the bottoms were fine but the tops were still doughy...I had to keep putting them in and out of the oven. Any tips on this? Maybe my oven is just dumb haha

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