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Chicken Kisses

Craving comfort food? These Chicken Kisses are a family favorite! Crescent roll, chicken and plenty of warm gravy make this a meal that kids and adults can agree on!

8 chicken pillows wrapped in crescent rolls and lined up in a 13x9 baking dish. Topped with gravy and parsley.

We call these “Chicken Kisses” in our family which I think is pretty adorable. Others call these Chicken Pillows or Chicken Pockets.

Whatever you call them, they are one of my all time favorite chicken dinners!

It’s so perfect on a chilly fall evening. Very filling, warming and downright comforting.

If you like chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, or any food you eat smothered in gravy you’re going to love Chicken Pillows.

I have to give credit to my Aunt Sandy for sharing this recipe with me many many years ago! I don’t think I have changed it much but I’ve made it so many times over the years that I stopped even looking at the original recipe she gave me.

In fact, I have no idea where it is! Nevertheless, this is one of those recipes that I know my kids will think of in the future as a family classic. No matter how many times a year I make it, we never seem to get tired of it. I think that would be impossible.

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Crescent Rolls

Considering how special this dinner feels and tastes, it’s really quite easy to make.

Using refrigerated crescent roll dough and ready made gravy, there’s hardly any fuss and it comes out wonderfully every time.

It’s so satisfying to take a bite of a piping hot chicken pocket and taste the buttery crescent roll crust mixed with savory gravy and creamy chicken stuffing. 

These Chicken Kisses are a great use for that leftover roasted chicken you have in the fridge but to make it even easier you could use store bought rotisserie chicken! Then just dice it up and add it to the recipe. Huge time saver!

Step by step photos showing how to make chicken pockets with crescent rolls.

How to Make Chicken Pillows

Here’s what you need: 

  • Cooked diced chickenFrom a rotisserie chicken or cooked yourself
  • Pillsbury crescent roll dough
  • Chicken gravy – I used Heinz brand. Feel free to use homemade gravy if you like instead! 
  • Cream cheese – Full fat or reduced fat both taste great. 
  • Butter
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Milk

STEP 1. Mix chicken, cream cheese, butter, spices, milk and onion in bowl. This is your stuffing.

STEP 2. Unroll crescents and fill two crescent rolls at a time with the chicken stuffing. Pinch up the corners to create a pocket.

STEP 3. Bake in a casserole dish or baking pan at 375 for about 15-20 minutes. Serve with warmed gravy! Enjoy!

Chicken pockets with a spoonful of gravy being drizzled over the top.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you have leftover chicken, that’ll do wonderfully here. You can also whip up a chicken breast on the stove or instant pot to use for this recipe. Often, I’ll grab a whole cooked chicken from the grocery store if I forgot to cook chicken in advance!
  • Not a fan of creaminess? My husband doesn’t love a ton of creamy texture in his food so sometimes I’ll make this meal without as much cream cheese. For those looking for a lighter version or just not into so much cheese, feel free to reduce the cream cheese by as much as half.
  • Chicken pillows are best served right away! Don’t forget to heat up the gravy on the stove top. You can either pour the gravy right on top of the chicken pockets before serving or put a boat of gravy on the table so everyone can add as much or as little as they like.
  • Change up the flavor! Make a batch of these Chicken Caesar Pockets for a delicious twist.

Serving Suggestions

I like to round out a comfort food dinner of crescent roll chicken with a side of Cornbread and a caesar salad. It’s also delicious with some Roasted Broccoli on the side.

If you want to go super rich and hearty, make some Mashed Potatoes to soak up that extra gravy. A perfect satisfying dinner for a cold night, don’t you think?

I love that these Chicken Pockets made with crescent rolls and cream cheese are easy to make but impressive enough to serve to company! Make this for dinner this week–I know you’ll thank me.

Chicken pillow on a white plate topped with gravy. Pan of chicken kisses in background.

More Easy Dinner Recipes

Yield: 8 servings

Easy Chicken Kisses

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Craving comfort food? These Chicken Kisses are a family favorite! Crescent roll, chicken and plenty of warm gravy make this a meal that kids and adults can agree on!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked, diced chicken
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 2 package Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 jar Heinz chicken gravy, warmed

Instructions

  1. Mix chicken, cream cheese, butter, spices, milk and onion in bowl.
  2. Unroll crescents and using two crescent rolls at a time (to form a rectangle) fill with stuffing. Pinch up the corners (makes 8 packets). Place on a baking sheet, seam side down.
  3. Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes. Serve with warmed gravy! Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 607mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on May 1, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. My family loves this. I roll out 1 can of crescent rolls in a 9×13 dish, drop in the filling and top with the other can of crescent rolls. Never have too much or too little filling. I also use either a roasted chicken or pre-seasoned chicken fajita chicken from the frozen section.

  2. These are delicious. I made them for my family this Sunday morning. Everyone loved them except my daughter, but then again she is notoriously hard to please. We ate them hot, thereafter we ate them cold for our lunch time snack, and they are fantastic! I can see this work with Cornish pasty like filling too. They are huge though. Next time I will just make each out of one crescent triangle, not two. This way they will be perfect hand pies for lunch boxes too. Overall, such a great idea!

  3. Made these tonight, using Alouette garlic & herb cheese instead of plain cream cheese and some chopped spinach . Probably should have cut back the chicken some; I had a lot of filling leftover. So I lined some muffin cups with biscuits, filled those with the extra filling, and made chicken kiss cups. 🙂

  4. My girlfriend has lupus and cannot eat beef so I am always looking for a delicious way to prepare chicken. I found one! This will seem more like a treat than a meal and that will be very refreshing for us. I will happily walk extra to not skimp on the cream cheese. Thank you for helping me keep our meals fun… and so tasty!

  5. Sarah , you can buy a whole sheet of crescent rolls, instead of separate ones, then just roll out and cut into rectangle or squares.

  6. I have lots of Thanksgiving leftovers, so I will give this a go tonight. I make my own gravy,so will use that…glad I found your site and thanks for posting.

  7. Has anyone ever made these ahead and frozen them? If so, bake them half way first or can you freeze them unbaked? Would love to do them ahead for a ladies luncheon

  8. Made these for the first time last night. They turned out pretty good. I didn’t have any left over filling like a couple of people talked about. However, I did have 2 extra crescent rolls. So maybe I overstuffed mine a bit?

    What I couldn’t figure out is how you keep the bottom of these closed as the crescent rolls are precut through the center when you use them in a rectangle. I tried to pinch it together the best I could so the stuffing wouldn’t fall out.

    I actually prefer them without the gravy 🙂

  9. I love these and make them frequently in my house for dinner. I always have so much left over filling. Do you have any recipe suggestions on what I could make with the left over filling?

    1. I have made a wreath instead of individual portions (shaping the crescents into a wreath), seems to use up more of the filling this way!!

  10. Sounds good but would have to leave out the Heinz gravy as it is full of MSG. I would have to make my own. But other than that – this sounds like something I would love to eat.

  11. Wow. All these years and I thought I made up something. I using pressure cooked chicken or pan seared. I also just mix the chicken in the Cream Cheese and Chives bought at the store. After wrapping them up, I dip in butter, of course and then in italian bread crumbs because who does not like breaded bread! And bake. I would serve this to so many of my daughter’s friends and challenge them to name the dish. We always came up with the same name…Chicken Thingies.

    1. Oooh, love the idea of using the cream cheese and chives spread. I bet that’s flavorful. And I’ve seen others dip in butter and breadcrumbs, another delicious twist 🙂

  12. I made these tonight using Rotisserie chicken as you recommended and the family loved it. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing. I’ve shared in my recipe Facebook group with 2 THUMBS UP 🙂

  13. Filling is delicious! For the appearance … well not so much. I couldn’t figure out how to pinch the corner. So I sort of made stuffed rolls. Hope they turn out OK. Would LOVE some direction on doing it the right way. Are they open faced when going in the oven and just crimped in each corner? Are opposite corners crimped together? Confused. But thanks!

  14. I’m just curious if anyone might happen to know the calorie count on these wonderfully delishous chicken packets…

  15. I have made this for years and is my kids favorite birthday dinner too! I believe it came from an old Pillsbury cookbook. My recipe has no gravy and we brush the top with butter and crumble either crackers or bread crumbs on it. This is a great recipe!

  16. Ooooo, I just remembered we had roast pork for dinner last night. I think I will make these with pork, mashed potatoes and gravy on the inside. Thanks for giving me a quick dinner idea!

  17. I made something similar to this years ago, I used Thanksgiving leftovers. I am glad I ran across this post, I will try this recipe, maybe with less cream cheese, and add a veggie.

  18. It is in the oven! I don’t know why, but I struggled to get the packets to close up, they kept splitting at the seams! Also I had a good bit of the filling left after the 8 packets. I just put it in the freezer for next time LoL.

  19. Made this tonight and it was sooo delish! Really enjoyed it, next time I won’t season the chicken when cooking bcuz it made it a little too salty, but I love salt so it worked out. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Pinned this today and made them for dinner tonight. I only had one roll of crescents, but had Grands biscuits. Rolled the biscuits with rolling pin then filled and pinched closed. LOVED the ones with crescent rolls, Grands were ok but I wouldn’t use them again. I did add about 1/2C. Shredded cheese to the mixture.

    Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper!

  21. I made these tonight for my husband, two teens, and I and they went over so well! Many thanks for this new idea! They were delicious…

  22. My goodness! I just made these! Had some of the left over stuffing while they were baking! So delish! I couldn’t wait for them to get out of the oven!!

  23. These do sound yummy but my family would not go for the cream cheese. Im thinking of a potpie filling with chicken, veggies with the gravy on top. Thanks for the idea!!!!!!

  24. Make my own??? Yikes, I don’t think I’m quite that ambitious!!! Unfortunately, no My Kroger store in my area. But perhaps I’ll find another brand at another store. Thanks.

  25. These sound divine and I’m definitely going to give the recipe a try. But I’d like to have your suggestion on a possible substitution. I don’t care for (if you can believe it) Pillsbury products. I just find that they have a chemical taste. Are there any other type of crescent rolls available that can be used, do you know?
    Thanks in advance!

  26. i’ve heard of these before but not with the gravy, its a recipe that i call chicken packets. and they are good!! i’m guessing with the gravy would make them awesome!

  27. Made this for dinner a few weeks ago when visiting my sister and her new baby. Everyone loved it, even my picky boys (7 & 9). I used more chicken than called for in the recipe, which resulted in it being less creamy. The second time I made it closer to the amount of chicken called for in the recipe. It was much nicer the first time, so I will definitely be reducing the amount of cream cheese in future. Will be making this often. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  28. Oh, I bet this would be my 13-yr-old daughter’s request too. I love this simple but delicious looking dinner! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Yummy! I am a new follower sent over from Something Swanky- Just signed up for stumbled on and trying to figure that one out- anyway thumbs up to you and your blog. Stop by my new food blog when you get a chance!

    Nettie

  30. I have some leftover turkey and gravy in the fridge. This just might be tonight’s dinner! Thanks!

  31. Hmmmmmm!! This looks so fantabulous. I would love it if you would link this up to the Sweet Swap party that I’m co-hosting. Jump over to thestokerkitchen.blogspot.com and you’ll see the button on the sidebar. It’s a 3 month long link party so share all that you want!!!
    Thanks!

  32. Oh heaven help me this recipe looks so delicious! Come over and visit. We have a really terrific ravioli recipe to share.

  33. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite meals. I haven’t ever added the gravy on top, which is a great idea, but I do add 1/2 can of cream of chicken soup to the filling. Can’t beat cream cheese/crescent rolls combo. Love the name too!

  34. Hi! Your recipe was one of the most popular links on It’s a Keeper Thursday! I’ll be featuring your recipe this week on It’s a Keeper! I’d love if you stopped by and grabbed a button.

    And, feel free to link up another great recipe this week too!

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  35. How cool is this??!! Sounds marv’!

    I pinned it in fact 🙂

    (Didn’t even know Chickens COULD kiss!)

    Visiting from Ladybird Ln Linky Party,

    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  36. I make these, in fact their on my blog….Only their called ReeRee pockets, My cousins daughters nickname, because they are her fav also, I made them with ground beef and ranch seasoning, they were delicious…and then I also made them into dessert pockts as well, you’ll have to check my blog out for that recipe!

  37. Wow, these looks so hearty and delicious! Please link them to Sunday Supper stumble! http://notyourordinaryrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/09/sunday-supper-stumble-3.html
    Hope you’re doing well! I haven’t been here in ages!!

  38. These look so delicious! Almost like little chicken dumplings. And I’d definitely be a fan of a warm, comforting meal (filled with butter and cream cheese) as the nights get cooler. 🙂

  39. Oh, my goodness! Am I going to try this one! I have been a follower of yours for awhile now. You have such a sweet tooth (and that’s a good thing!)

    At least I do my laps at the local Y each morning. What’s one…or two more to burn the calories off?

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