Tuesday, December 8, 2009

In Kim's Kitchen: Chicken Crescent Squares

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You all know my sister-in-law Kim. You've met her and her family many times on this here blog. Well, actually there could be some possible confusion because I have two sisters-in-law named Kim. Yes I do. This is the sister-in-law Kim who lives in Dallas and is related to me through S's side of the family. Just to be clear. Before we get going here.

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Here is your "ingredients" photo.

Anyway, Kim makes these completely delectable, totally yummy creations called Chicken Crescent Squares. The recipe came to her family from one of their neighbors when she was very small. Her mother has made them for years and now she makes them regularly. And she's here to share them with you and me today!

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Scoop out some cream cheese.

First up, let your cream cheese and butter sit out to become room temperature. Then scoop out 3 ounces of some cream cheese with chives into your mixing bowl. The original recipe calls for you to combine 1 TBS chopped chives with 3 ounces of cream cheese. Because it was originally written in the days before the ready-made cream cheese with chives variety. If you would rather chop and combine, knock yourself out. Kim used the ready-made variety.

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Then add 2 TBS butter to the mixing bowl.

The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of butter. You only use two of them here. Reserve the third tablespoon for later in the recipe.

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Using the back of a spoon, combine the softened cream cheese and softened butter.

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Then add in two cups of cooked, diced, boneless chicken.

Kim used some canned chicken, but reports you could use any chicken you prefer. Rotisserie would work, or you could boil or bake your own and chop it up yourself. Pick your chicken passion and use 2 cups of it. If you're using the canned variety, you will need to drain it before adding it to the mixing bowl.

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Then, if you have an almost 2 year old nearby,
watch her meltdown because Mama is currently busy doing something else.
She'll get over it as quickly as it became a "thing", though, because she's almost 2.

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Next add in some spices.

The recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. I bet if you use rotisserie chicken though, you wouldn't need that extra salt. I'm just sayin'.

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Then add 2 tablespoons of milk.

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Combine that mixture until consistent throughout.

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Next comes the crescent dough.

This recipe, as it stands, requires one can of crescent rolls. Of course, you could easily double or triple this recipe. Then, of course, you would double or triple your dough requirements.

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These packages of crescent rolls come with eight pieces of dough to make eight rolls. For this recipe, you roll them out in pairs and then use your fingers to connect two rolls into one larger piece of dough. Using my higher math skills and that photo right there, once this step is complete, you are left with four - 4 - FOUR pieces of dough. Go ahead and use your Count von Count voice to count the dough. Complete with lighting strike. Ha ha haaaah.

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Next, spoon equal amounts of the chicken mixture onto the dough.

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I just like this one because the tree is in the background.
So I'm including it.

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Once the mixture is divided on the dough, bring the four corners of the dough together.

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And give them a little twist so they look like this.
Aren't those pretty?

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Then melt that last tablespoon of butter...

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...and brush the tops so they will get nice and brown.

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Then stick those babies in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

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And play with the kids while they bake.

Um, no, that isn't Kim's child. Thank you for keeping up. That is Kim's nephew, Brooke and Michael's child, Andrew. Brooke is a big fan of the Chicken Crescent Square, so when she heard they were being made, they came right over to share in the end result. So, we had two babies to play with while the crescent squares cooked.

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After 20 minutes in the oven, the little darlings will look like this.

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Go ahead and take them out when you feel they are sufficiently browned and the dough is cooked.

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Oh my goodness do those look good or WHAT???

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Be still my dieting heart.

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To make yourself feel better if you're dieting and getting ready to eat that...
...serve with a large green salad.

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Yes, they ARE as good as they look.
Delicious!

Kim, Brooke and I ate them up. I was thinking, if you made eight (or even sixteen) smaller little crescents, these would make excellent little appetizers for a shower, too. Tasty, bite sized goodness. Just a thought. But then, who could eat just one??? I'd end up eating the whole plate if they were bite sized. And then we're back to that whole diet thing, aren't we. Ahem.

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The boys had pizza.
That's OK - more for us.

We can't help that they don't know a good thing when they see it. They are boys. God love 'em.

So there you go! Another tasty, easy, quick recipe from someone else's kitchen that you can make in your very own, even tonight! I know I'll be making these over and over again. Thank you Kim for sharing this great recipe with us!

Kim's Chicken Crescent Squares

3 oz. cream cheese, softened and 1 TBS chives combined, or 3 oz. cream cheese with chives
3 TBS butter (2 for the mixture, 1 to be melted and brushed on top)
2 cups or cans of cooked, diced boneless chicken
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 TBS milk
1 can of crescent roll dough

Set out the cream cheese and butter to soften before starting to make the recipe. Blend cream cheese (and chives if needed) and 2 tablespoons of softened butter in a mixing bowl. Then add chicken, salt, pepper and milk. Combine until consistent throughout. Spread crescent dough out to connect two rolls into one, making four large crescent dough squares. Spoon mixture evenly onto dough squares. Pull up dough edges to the center and twist. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush onto the tops of the squares. Bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Serve when browned. Makes 4 servings.
I told you this week would be full of some more great recipes and we're off to a wonderful start. There are a couple more to come, from my kitchen, before the week is up. I hope your Tuesday is a good one.

See you tomorrow.

6 comments:

  1. Gotta love the picture of the guys and pizza!

    But this is a "keeper": easy, so fancy looking, and yummy. I have added this one to my collection from your blog.

    Thanks to you and to Kim.
    Mom

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  2. Looked really good, might have to try this one. It also led me to the country cook that you went to the book signing. I liked the way you explained it....next book signing I go to I want you to go with me.

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  3. I wrote it down. Sounds like a great idea. I always have trouble getting those little cans to pop so I used bakery crescents and cooked the inside in portions in the microwave small bowls, then put them in the 2 crescent halves to bake, brushed with lo fat marg they were great not as cute as your sis n laws and mine was the plain cream cheese w/o chives. I'll try the one with later.Thanks Amy!!

    Dorene

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  4. sounds yummy, i am so going to try!

    Nicole

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  5. We had for dinner tonight, I used rotisserrie chicken and the cream cheese was chive and onion...but it was awesome.  They are easy and delish just like Amy said!!!

    Nicole

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