Family, Friday Recipes

Chicken Squares

This is another recipe from my MIL that my husband requested I learn how to make before we got married(if you missed my previous posts about this–I asked him what he wanted me to learn how to make–because I actually couldn’t cook and I needed a way to get around telling him that!)

Anyway…this is a recipe that I also tweaked over the years of our marriage, and I like this final product. If you aren’t a make-the-dough type person, just get Pillsbury crescent rolls and use two triangles at a time for your rectangle. Super easy. If you want to give the dough a try, awesome! This recipe has different names and versions, I hope you will enjoy mine.

First step is to make yourself some shredded chicken. If you need a recipe for IP shredded chicken click here.

If you don’t have an instant pot, then you can get a rotisserie chicken, or cook several chicken breasts in the crockpot on high for 4-6 hours. I prefer the IP now because it’s quick and easy.

I use left-over turkey gravy with this recipe. Because I firmly believe in cooking Thanksgiving dinner multiple times through the year! Here’s that recipe.

If you don’t have left-over turkey gravy, one from a package will do. But you might want to add a bit of sage and thyme to give it more flavor. Or you can also make your own if you roast your chicken by using the drippings and some homemade stock, then add some salt/pepper/sage/thyme etc.

Is that enough options for you? Without further adieu, here’s today’s recipe.

Ingredients for Chicken:

2-3 C shredded chicken

5 oz light cream cheese, softened

4 TBSP butter, softened

2 TBSP milk

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 TBSP dried minced onions

**Note: You will also need some melted butter for brushing the tops, and some shredded Parmesan if you desire.

Directions:

In a large microwave safe bowl, soften cream cheese and butter until you can stir them completely together. Add milk and stir until combined.

Then add seasonings. Stir.

Add shredded chicken and stir until chicken is coated completely. I never measure how much chicken I use. I just dump some in and keep stirring until everything’s coated and there is still plenty of sauce on the chicken to seem moist. You don’t wan the chicken to dry out during baking.

Set aside in refrigerator until ready.

Ingredients for Dough:

1 1/2 C milk

4 TBSP butter, cold cut into 1 TBSP chunks

3 TBSP sugar

1 tsp salt

5 C flour

1 TBSP saf instant yeast

Directions for Dough:

In medium pot, pour milk, butter, sugar, salt. Stir well to mix in sugar and salt. Over medium heat, warm milk until butter chunks are almost melted, stirring occasionally.

While that’s warming, in a Bosch mixing machine with the kneading hook, add flour and yeast. Pulse a couple times to mix.

When milk mixture is ready, add to Bosch machine. Mix on speed 1 until combined. Turn to speed 2 for 2 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On a floured surface, take dough out and divide into 2 pieces. Put one piece back into the bosch, and roll out the other half. Note that this dough does dry out easily in the dry heat of the summer here in Utah, so keep the half you aren’t working with covered.

Cut it like so using a pizza cutter if you have kids who only want bread and no filling. OR just cut into rectangles for the whole piece.

For the crescent shaped rolls, use the triangle pieces, and roll up from the wider end. Set on a greased sheet pan. And brush with melted butter.

Then with the rectangles, using a pampered chef medium scoop(or whatever kind you have) place filling in the center of the rectangle. Then stretching the dough around, fold the edges and tuck them under. Then place on greased sheet pan.

Brush with melted butter and then grate some Parmesan cheese for the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Since I bake two pans at once, I rotate half way through baking. The small rolls are usually done first, so I try to watch around 15 minutes for them.

Serve the rolls in a basket, and top the chicken squares with gravy. SO GOOD!

I hope that you will enjoy trying this recipe. It’s one of my favorites to make when I know I have left-over gravy. If you don’t have gravy, I like it with the Pillsbury crescent rolls because they are more moist than this bread recipe-so you can get away with having no gravy.

Have a wonderful weekend with your family. Make some great recipes and great memories!

Life is Good. Share the Good.

PS If you need a good cake recipe, check out my Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

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