Pesto Chicken Pillows

Usually by mid-December my head is spinning with parties, Christmas shopping, and deadlines. It’s already happening! Now…in November. I’m trying to get my act together so that I actually enjoy the holidays.

Part of getting my act together is making easy meals that my family loves. Dinner time is when we talk about our favorite part of the day. People always think that because I blog about food that my own dinners are always extravagant. I’m all about easy people. So when the chaos starts happening, I pull out the big guns. These Pesto Chicken Pillows have a creamy chicken filling inside a buttery crunchy crescent roll. No one is complaining when these are on the table.

Pesto Chicken Pillows | The Girl Who Ate Everything

butter-dipFill each crescent rectangle with some filling and dip it in butter. panko  I like to roll it in Panko crumbs. You could definitely use breadcrumbs here but I like the extra crunch that Panko crumbs give it.pillows-baking-dishI line all of my pans with foil or parchment. It’s not that it’s that necessary, I just like an easier clean up.Pesto Chicken Pillows | The Girl Who Ate EverythingStick a fork in it. Dinner is done!

Pesto Chicken Pillows

Yield: 8 pillows


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups seasoned Panko crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl add the cream cheese, pesto, green onions, and chicken. Stir until combined. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Unroll the crescent dough. Take two triangles and press them together to form a rectangle.
  4. Spoon about ½ cup of the chicken mixture in the center of the rectangle and bring the corners of the crescent dough together, pinching to seal.
  5. Place the Panko crumbs on a plate. Dip each chicken pillow in the melted butter (or brush it on using a pastry brush) and roll it in the Panko crumbs.
  6. Place the chicken pillows seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken pillows have turned golden brown.


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Christy is the voice behind The Girl Who Who Ate Everything! She is no stranger to making meals that kids and adults will love. She grew up in Mesa, Arizona as the youngest of ten kids. She can always be found in her kitchen with music playing and cooking with her kids. She published her first cookbook in 2014. She loves party food that gets the conversations going!

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  1. So can’t wait to try these. What a simple and delicious idea.

  2. My, these chicken pillows look dreamy! pun intended 😉

  3. These look great and I bet they are super yummy! Cream cheese and chicken.. .yum! Thanks for sharing.

  4. These seriously look incredible

  5. Look super tasty! And so simple!

  6. Love this idea of dipping them in butter and breadcrumbs! Looks super yummy!

  7. I was looking for something different and I think I’ve found it. Yum yum, can’t wait to try.

  8. Oh my goodness those look heavenly, and as though I would be lulled into a nap afterwards dreaming of eating more.

  9. OMG that looks so good =)

  10. I made these for the family this weekend. They were such a hit! Delicious!

  11. I made these last night and they were AMAZING. I was afraid the cream cheese would be overwhelming it’s a perfect balance. I brought the rest into work today and they are all gone!

  12. These were so fantastic!! My husband eats a lot of food that is sort of “plain” and he really enjoyed these! Very simple, and such a great take on the traditional chicken crescents!

  13. Hey Christy!
    I LOVE YOUR BLOG. I love the name of your blog. So much that your’s was an example my husband and me used to create our blog a couple of months ago. I wanted to match the creativity of the name and the simplicity of design. I have gone back and forth from your website sooooo many times to check if I am matching up at least a little! Thanks for everything.
    PS: I came across your blog when I was looking to make pull apart bread 🙂 N the stalking has not ceased ever since 😛

  14. I love how easy this is!

  15. I just bought an extra jar of pesto the other day. These are going on my to make list 🙂

  16. I will definitely make this Pesto Chicken Pillow, looks delicious!

  17. These look soooo super yummy! I’m all about easy dinners. Will have to give these a try sometime soon!

  18. I made these for dinner and they were a huge hit. My kids and husband loved them!

  19. Oh my goodness. These look amazing, will have to give them a try!

  20. Hi, this looks so good. I have a question, is there anything I can substitute the crescent rolls for anything, maybe like pizza dough or something? Thanks

  21. Can these pillows be assembled and the frozen to cook later? Can they be cooked and then frozen? Would taste value be affected by either process? Woul love to make these for a large group luncheon.

  22. This recipe is AWESOME! My boyfriend fell in love when I made it 🙂

  23. For the shredded chicken, what do you use to season chicken?

  24. These look great! I’ve had chicken pillows before that end up being dry on their own. Do you ever pair these with a gravy or sauce?

  25. Greate post. Keep posting such kind of information on your page.
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  26. Two thumbs up!, I just finished making them and first bite, delicious. I only put 1/3 cup of filling in each, I didn’t feel as though I would have enough for eight if I used the 1/2 cup as the recipe specified and I really didn’t expect them to be so big, one is more than enough for me. Thanks for sharing your great recipes I love trying new things.

  27. Just put these in the oven… smells great! Can’t wait to taste them! Thanks for your recipe.

  28. Thanks for not having you dip it in eggs. I am allergic to eggs and sometimes have a difficult time adapting recipes to not include eggs.

  29. wondering if puff pastry could replace croissant dough?

  30. My family loves these. I always need to make a double batch. I added thawed and drained frozen spinach for a healthy twist.