Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fun with Crescent Rolls - Chicken Baseballs

I love to cook, but I'm a little bit lazy.  If a recipe has too many crazy ingredients or too many steps, count me out... which is probably why I love Pillsbury Crescent Rolls SOOO much.  I mean they're ready in 12 minutes, they're delightfully tasty, and who doesn't love that jack-in-the-box like pop when you open them?  I have a memory from my childhood of my whole family sitting around the dinner table and me asking if anyone else wants the last crescent roll or "If I should just have 5?"  That's 5 of 8 for those of you who aren't familiar with Pillsbury Crescent roll serving sizes.  Yes, I love them that much!  And, AND, you can use them to cook pretty much anything!  Appetizers, Main Courses, Casseroles, Desserts, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.....they are pretty much God's gift to the lazy chef.  I love them so much (did I mention I love them?), I cook with them at least 2 to 3 times a week, so I have a lot of crescent roll recipes.  Some are from my go to website (Pinterest if you couldn't guess), some are recipes from my past (cookbooks, recipe swaps, my dear mother), and some I've just made up.

My crescent roll recipes are always winners.  They are delicious, easy, and crowd pleasers.  So I'm going to start sharing them in a new blog segment - Fun with Crescent Rolls!  Everyone needs a good, easy, go to recipe, right?  Well this one is one of my favorites.  I got this recipe at a recipe swap years ago, and every time I make it I get rave reviews and always have people ask me for the recipe.  Believe me, it's a keeper, and oh so easy!

Chicken Baseballs

1 1/2 Chicken Breasts
salt/pepper to taste
3 bay leaves
1 onion
3 packages Crescent Rolls
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese
1 bunch green onions
1/4 tsp garlic salt

Ready for the easiness?

Here you go!

Step one:

Boil chicken with salt, pepper, bay leaves, and coarsely chopped onion until chicken is cooked.

Step Two:

Shred chicken into little pieces (do it in your Kitchen Aid if you have one!  I learned this trick from this handy pin).  Also pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step Three:  

Blend cream cheese and chopped green onion.  Add garlic salt, pepper, and chicken.  (This particular time I made this recipe, I didn't have green onions so I just used the cooked onion from boiling the chicken.  It worked fine!)

Step Four:

Unroll crescent rolls, and place a spoonful of chicken mixture in the center of each roll.  Wrap up like a baseball, sealing the edges.  

Step Five:

Bake on greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes (or until golden brown) at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

YUM!!  This is my go to recipe for potlucks, family get togethers, appetizers, baby/bridal showers, Sunday afternoons, Tuesday nights.....basically it goes over well at any occasion, sort of like the little black dress of recipes.  It's definitely one of our family favorites, and I hope you guys enjoy it as well!

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