Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chicken Bacon Pockets

     Every now and then I find a recipe that you can't possibly dislike. Well, I suppose you could, but it probably means you're deficient in some way. This particular recipe combines all sorts of good stuff. It's got chicken, bacon and canned dough. What's not to love? For me, it was the possibility of being bland. The judicious application of barbecue sauce and some green onion fixed that. I'm calling this recipe a winner. This is a super weeknight quick meal. If you make it using crescent rolls, you'll get four. If you use biscuit dough, you should get five, but they'll be a bit smaller. As always, notes and changes are in blue.

Chicken Bacon Pockets
via 101 Things To Do With Bacon

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (as always, we used neufchatel, to keep the fat down)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (and don't you dare throw the grease away. Save it in a jar in the fridge for later. It's a key ingredients in Bootleg Cheddar Bay Biscuits)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (not in original recipe, we decided this would be a bit bland without some form of extra kick)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions (also not in the original recipe)
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls (we used 1 can of 10 buttermilk biscuits)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (we used them, but omitting them will not notably change anything)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (177C, Gasmark 4)
  2. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and milk until smooth; add the chicken, bacon and pepper (and barbecue sauce, if using) and stir until combined.
  3. Unroll crescent rolls and separate dough into 8 rectangles, pressing along the diagonal to seal, creating 4 "pockets" (we took 2 biscuits at a time and rolled them together into a large disc. You'll get 5 of these discs)
  4. Equally divide filling and spoon onto the bottom half of each dough rectangle. Fold dough over the filling, pinch the edges to seal, and crimp the edges with a fork. (we loaded the center of each disc, then pulled the dough up around the filling. We then flipped the entire thing over, so the seam side was down. It looked kind of like a big dumpling)
  5. Brush each pocket with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 4 servings (5 if you use biscuits)
Good times!

1 comment:

  1. Anything with bacon is a hit in my house! Thanks for the recipe.