Savory Crescent Chicken Squares

Another favorite from my own childhood that has become a favorite of my own children. My oldest daughter would request this, along with homemade mac & cheese for her birthday dinner every year. It is definitely NOT a low fat-low calorie dish, but it is delicious. My mother first found this recipe in a Pillsbury Cook-Off Recipe book from the 1960’s.

Savory Crescent Chicken Squares

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoons chopped chives or onions
1 tablespoons chopped pimientos (optional)
1 8 oz. can crescent rolls
3/4 cups seasoned croutons, crushed

In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and 2 tablespoons butter (reserve 1 tablespoon) until smooth. Add next 6 ingredients. Mix well.  Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture onto center of each rectangle.  Pull 4 corners of dough to top center of chicken mixture, twist slightly and seal edges. Brush tops with reserved tablespoon of butter; dip in crouton crumbs. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350 degree oven 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

When all my children are home, I double this recipe. My second daughter doesn’t like the crescent dough crust, so I spoon out a little of the filling and put it in an individual baking dish and bake it for her. There is more than enough filling to spare for this.

I’ve experimented and found a way to prepare this to have in the freezer. Simply prepare the recipe as directed, only bake the squares for about 10-15 minutes, just until set but not brown. Cool the squares and flash freeze them on a piece of foil or waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Once each square is individually frozen, package them in freezer bags. You can then take out as many as you want to bake (1 or many!), place them in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for another 15 minutes or until browned. You can cook them from the frozen state.


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