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Chicken Pillows

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

Easy comfort food is what my own family loves. From Chicken and Dumplings made in the Instant Pot to a pan of Turkey Tetrazzini. You’re sure to enjoy a plate of dinner tonight!

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

What are Chicken Pillows?

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 pork chops, 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.

  • 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!

How to Make Chicken Pillows

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

Here’s what you need: 

  • Cooked diced chickenFrom a rotisserie chicken or cooked yourself. Use leftover turkey works great too!
  • 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 shredded 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.
  • Delicious with leftover turkey too! And top them with some turkey gravy.

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

Chicken Pillows Recipe

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

Craving comfort food? These Chicken Pillows 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 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 packages 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!

Notes

  • If you have leftover chicken, that'll do wonderfully here. You can also whip up shredded 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.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks!

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. 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!!!!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. I had modified the recipe for weight watcher purposes and it was without a doubt absolutely delicious.

  6. 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!

  7. Since I still haven’t made these because I keep forgetting them, I included them on the 25 quick meal ideas blog post I did today. Can’t wait to try them!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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