8/30/09

Chicken Baked in Pastry

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This recipe is easy and impressive. Also, you can get some aggression out by using a rolling pin like a baseball bat.

Chicken Baked in Pastry
4 small skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 container of cream cheese with chives and onion
1 pastry crust (frozen puff pastry or a refrigerated roll-out pie crust)
Butter, oil, salt and pepper

Place each chicken breast in a ziplock bag, sealing it shut except for a half an inch to let the air out. Take your rolling pin and beat the crap out of it. This tenderizes the chicken and also flattens it. And it will make you feel better.


Making chicken


Heat 2 T butter and some oil in a skillet and brown chicken breasts, seasoning with salt and pepper, until they are nearly cooked.

Roll out your pastry or pie crust. Using a knife, cut four 7 inch squares*, one for each chicken breast.


Kids cooking

It's amazing I can cook under these conditions. (No, he didn't actually put his foot on my pastry. He was thisclose before I grabbed him. I've no idea what Shark Boy is doing. )

In the center of each pastry square, place about 2 T of the cream cheese.

Making chicken in pastry



Top each dollop of cream cheese with a chicken breast. I slice the sides off of the chicken to make them even & sort of rectangle shaped. Use the chicken you chop off in a salad the next day. (Option for this recipe: cut smaller bite-sized chicken chunks and smaller pastry squares, making these into hors d'ourves instead of dinner.)

Chicken on pastry

Brush the edges of the pastry with water or egg wash, and fold up, wrapping your chicken like a present. Place them seam side down on a greased baking sheet.

Brush the tops with egg wash.

Brushing the chicken



Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Chicken in Pastry

These are delicious! If I were making them for company, I would take the pastry trimmings, roll them out, and either cut shapes with tiny cookie cutters or cut long thin strips and braid them. Place the shapes, or lay the braid, across the top and then do the egg wash. It is a simple extra step that will make them look really pretty.

Tip 1: Let the chicken cool off before you wrap it. If it is too warm the pastry gets melty and is harder to work with.

*Tip 2: The original recipe said 7" squares. I've yet to find a chicken breast that will fit that size. I always have to do larger squares or cut the chicken to a smaller size. It's no big deal, but you'll have to judge it when you get to that step.

Enjoy! More Mouthwatering Monday from Rachel here.

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8 comments:

Rachel said...

FIRST is Bear wearing boxer shorts? Because OH MY GOSH! the sheer preciousness of that photo.. WOW
SECOND: Amy.. you and I, we need to cook together.. chicken, pastry and cream cheese.. hellooooooooooooooooo

YAY!

MWAH

Amy said...

Rachel - I know! All the best stuff right there.

Michelle Smiles said...

That sounds yummy!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Hmmm...I've seen this recipe with diced chicken. I hadn't thought about a big piece of chicken. This sounds easier - and still yummmmmmy! :)

Mary @ The Writer's Block said...

Amy,
It's going on my menu for this week. Looks so good!

And as an aside... I'm a good friend of Jenny Youngman's and also a former UMPH employee. I met you one day there right around the time her CD came out. Anyway, hello and good to see you again, and I'm loving your blog. :)

Mary

shopannies said...

looks delicious and if you can cook under those conditions I hope I can make it under mine

Nap Warden said...

OK...that looks easy and yummy:P I thought I was the only one who had kiddos on the counter issues;)

livelaughlove95 said...

This looks fabulous and yes, easy! I'm totally making this...soon!

Malia

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