Chicken Pillows

Chicken Pillows with a cream cheese filling and covered in a delicious sauce. Chicken Pillows with a cream cheese filling and covered in a delicious sauce.

I’m the youngest of ten kids who are all extremely unique in their strengths and talents. My brother Lance, for example, has always been the adventurer and inventor in our family. Growing up when he wasn’t fixing up cars, he was busy inventing anything from solar powered lawn mowers to his successful Lizard Skins bike protection gear. He’s also a real life treasure hunter.  When we were little he buried my mom’s wedding ring in our backyard in hopes to have a treasure hunt later (it’s still back there somewhere). Whether he’s digging 100 foot hole in the jungles of Costa Rica to find gold or following war veterans to Europe to find their buried treasures, he’s always got a story to tell. He even made an award winning documentary, LOOT, documenting some of his adventures.

Lance drinks straight from the faucet and is infamous for coming over to my mom’s house and going straight to the fridge to see what’s to eat before acknowledging anyone in the room. He’s a very loud and expressive eater. Do you remember Bill Murray in the movie What About Bob? That’s him. He might love food almost as much as I do.

The other night I felt like we had my brother Lance at our dinner table. My son Austin was going on and on about these Chicken Pillows I had made. “Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh this is so good. This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Oh my gosh this is tasty. Brock you gotta eat it, it’s going to be the best thing you ever ate. Oh my gosh!”

Another score for a mom trying to find something her kids will actually eat. If you live in Utah, you’ve probably made these a million times over. If you haven’t heard of these, they are a great fast and easy staple meal that everyone will eat. They are crescent rolls filled with a chicken cream cheese mixture and topped with gravy. My friend Heather gave me this recipe a couple of years ago. She has four boys so I knew I could trust her judgement. Thanks Heather.
Chicken Pillows
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh onion minced
  • 3 chicken breasts , cooked and diced (around 3 cups)
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Italian bread crumbs (around 2 cups)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (0.87) package chicken gravy mix
  • water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a hand mixer or by hand, beat cream cheese and sour cream until well combined. You can do this by hand if your cream cheese is soft enough. Stir in salt, pepper, onion, chives, and diced chicken.
  3. Using Pillsbury crescent rolls, take 2 triangular rolls and push together at perforated seam to make into a square. Make sure you seal the perforations well so your filling doesn't come out. Put about 3 tablespoons of chicken mixture in the center of each square. Fold the dough corners to the center over the chicken mixture forming a pillow.
  4. Dip each pillow in melted butter on both sides. Roll in bread crumbs on both sides. Shake excess crumbs off. Place chicken pillow on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Make gravy by mixing one package of chicken gravy mix, one can of cream of chicken soup and 3/4 can of water in a small pot. Mix together and heat until warm. Serve chicken pillows with gravy poured over top.
Recipe Notes
Source: my friend Heather Mueller

Christy’s Tip: When I’m planning my meals for the week, if I notice I have a couple recipes that need cubed or shredded chicken, then at the beginning of the week I cook enough chicken for the week. I usually boil it with some large chunks of onion and salt and pepper. Then you can just shred or dice it, and throw it in the fridge or freezer as needed. It makes those crazy nights a little easier.

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  1. I have never heard of these chicken pillows but they look like a great ‘go to’ recipe!

    Oh and I love watching documentaries! I will totally check out your brothers treasuring hunting film. Sounds exciting!

  2. These look amazing. I’m already hungry for them.

  3. I like to make these, but I also throw in some sliced mushrooms and cashews. Soooo yummy!

  4. We had those for dinner last night! Crazy! My kids love them!

  5. My 6 year old is such an old man. Last night he complained that all the kids in his class chew with their mouths open. “Don’t they know that people shouldn’t be able to HEAR YOUR FOOD?” he said.

    So funny.

    These look and sound right up my alley!! Totally bookmarking. Thanks!!

  6. hey… i know you are talking about serving these for a dinner… think they are too big to pass for finger food at a get together? like as an appetizer? or could i make them smaller? thank you!

    • Sure, just press 4 together at their seams instead of 2. Cut the rectangle into thirds, place 2 tablespoons in each, instead of 3! Still probably too big for a “snack”/finger food but good for a single serving at a potluck!

  7. OH WOW THIS LOOKS GOOD. Im trying it. Right away. Thanks!

  8. This is definately going on my menu for this week! Thanks 🙂

  9. I’ve had these before, and they are DELICIOUS!! 🙂

  10. My daughter is so loud when she eats! it’s hilarious, this looks super tasty.

  11. I have not had these but I am sure my boys would love this dish also. Cute story.

  12. My mom made these for us after I had the baby – she was surprised I had never had them before! They are delicious!

  13. I love these! My mom used to make these after Thanksgiving, with the leftover turkey. They sound soooo good right now! I just might have to make a little change to my menu this week 🙂

  14. This does sound delicious! Thanks for sharing.


  15. These are delicious!! I used to make them kinda forgot about them! Thanks for the reminder;)

  16. @Sara,
    I’ve never thought of making them bite sized. I think it could work! I’m not sure what you would do with the gravy…maybe dip them in it or drizzle a little on top. Oh the possibilities.

  17. Christy- k you may totally not even remember me, but we worked together at outback in Orem a long time ago! I just came across your blog through tasty kitchen and thought you looked so familiar! Love your blog and your family is adorable.

  18. I have never made these before but they sounded so good. So I made them tonight and my entire family loved this recipe! Will definitely make again – might add some mushrooms and jalapenos also.

  19. I’ve been making a variation on these for years! I have never served them with gravy though! It looks delicious!

  20. I would love to see your brother’s documentary, but don’t know how. lol.

  21. I saw these lovelies yesterday and I made them last night. They were a HUGE hit. Loved by all 6 of the mouths that ate them. Thank you for another family friendly hit!!!

  22. Muriel,
    Yes! I remember you! I love your blog. Great pictures and great ideas. I can’t wait to try some things out. Nice “seeing” you again!

  23. @Jennifer,
    Haha! Sorry. I’m not really sure how either. I have it tivoed from HBO. I know they replay it sometimes. I will have to ask my brother.

  24. I live in Utah and have never made these. What?? But I will now.

    I love Austin, I can totally hear him saying that!

  25. Oh yumness!!!

  26. Oh yumness!!!

  27. NEVER heard of these before, but made them last night for dinner (without the breading or gravy) with a side of pasta salad and will be adding them to our recipes….YUUUUUUM!!

  28. This looks like dinner tonight! What a great recipe 🙂

  29. These are interesting, I never thought of anything like this!! Thanks 🙂

  30. I’ve never heard of these, but I think my boyfriend would love them! I think he gets sick of all the pasta dishes I make 🙂

  31. I made these Tuesday night, after seeing them on your blog! I just posted some pictures – not half as tasty-looking as yours – but the pillows came out great!
    I can’t wait to try them again!

  32. Oops – I left the wrong URL. Silly me. That should work better!

  33. Great post, what you said is really helpful to me. I can not Agree With You Anymore. I Have Been talking with my friend about, he though it is really interesting as well. Keep up your good work With, I would come back to you

  34. Can’t wait to try them!!!

  35. i emailed you about how you cook your chicken…check your junk mail. 🙂 i really want to make these tomorrow or friday, so if you get the chance, let me know! 🙂 thanks so much and thanks for the taco pasta recipe. it was great!

  36. @klutzy k,
    What in the world? Your email isn’t in my junk folder either. Sorry. Not sure where it is?!

    Anyway, I usually just boil some chicken with some chunks of onion and salt and pepper for about 10 minutes or until done. Or you can just throw some in the crockpot for 3-4 hours with some water and chunks of onion. Or grill it or just brown it in a pan on the stove. This recipe is very forgiving so you can’t go wrong. Sorry I didn’t see this sooner!

  37. Saw this on Pinterst! It sounds yummy, I will have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Pillsbury makes a non perferated cresent roll so you can make your own recipes with it. I found it today and made this for the first time. I am a mother of 4 teenage boys and they loved the chicken pillows!!

  39. Tried these, liked them but the cream cheese was a bit much for me so I made a few changes. The next time I made them I used sliced turkey breast, smoked ham and gouda cheese, to die for. I also added a scant teaspoon of Kraft Cooking Cream on top of the meat before closing the bundle. This is a great base recipe, you can use anything you want for the filling, even make different fillings for each person. Absolutely one of my favorite go to recipes from the first time I tried it.

  40. I made these last night. My 10 yr old doesn’t like to try things unless she knows she will like it. Happy to say she really liked these chicken pillows. & So did I! As usual one of your recipes was a success!

  41. I LOVE this recipe! I used a rotisserie chicken….perfect amount of meat pulled off. Had enough filling to use 3 Pillsbury crescent roll cans…12 pillows. I used 2 – 10 3/4 oz. cans of cream of chicken soup in my gravy….didn’t have 14.5 oz. in my store. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Marilyn

  42. I can’t wait to try these! Chicken never excites me, but maybe this will be the solution. Just found your blog and can’t wait to explore more!

  43. Never heard of them but had to try them. They turned out pretty tasty Will have to make again. Thanks for sharing.

  44. These look awesome but how do you print a recipe from your site?

  45. I made these last night and we all loved them! They are a bit rich on their own but when you add the gravy it is just perfect!

  46. I had never heard of these before, but anything that is so golden brown and covered in sauce is definitely had to be made! I made these for dinner today and they were a huge hit! We have 9 people in the house, so I doubled the recipe.

    I used the meat from an entire Costco rotisserie chicken and had more than enough for 16 pillows, 4 cans of crescent dough, and I still have some leftover. I used fresh chives (we grow them), some dried parsley flakes, garlic salt, lemon pepper, and a few shakes of Tabasco. I put some leftover on a slice of bread for lunch and it tasted like a chicken salad sandwich! I found it easier to work with the dough while it was very cold, so I put them in the freezer while I mixed up the filling and only took out one can at a time.

    My pillows didn’t look as neat or as ‘pillowy’ as yours, but that just means I need to make them again so I can practice 😉 I also froze the pillows before I dipped them in the melted butter so the dough wouldn’t be too sticky. I think they can be frozen after rolling them in breadcrumbs, so it would be great to make a large batch of these when crescent roll dough is on sale (or if they’re at Costco or Sam’s).

    For the gravy, I used the large can of cream of chicken soup, it’s around 26 ounces. I filled the can halfway with water, but used only ONE packet of chicken gravy, and it made plenty. I also added a handful of diced small mushrooms and let it simmer until tender.

    My bf’s sister sounded just like Austin and kept saying “Oh man this is so good! I hope there’s leftovers, I want thirds! This is really, really, really good!” I knew this one was a keeper! Thanks so much for a great recipe Christy!

  47. Made these tonight…delicious !!! I added chopped spinach due to my husband still being quite the 6 yr old when it comes to veggies. I have to hide them inside stuff he normally eats…he thought they were great. Thanks for sharing this, Christy !

  48. THESE ARE GREAT!!!! They are now one of my ‘go to’ recipes!!

  49. Hi Christy, thank you so much for this recipe… These look great!! Do you think these would taste good with shredded gruyere added to the filling?

    • Also, do you think that Panko Italian breadcrumbs would work for this recipe?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I love gruyere too. All great modifications.

      • Yay, thank you SO much for responding! I really appreciate it 🙂 I have one more question, if you get the time respond – Do these still taste good frozen? And if so, should I freeze them before or after being baked? Thanks for your help! And the recipes… I’ve tried several on your site and have NEVER been disappointed thus far! 😀

        • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

          I would personally freeze them before baking but I haven’t ever tried freezing these. Good luck! And thank you!

  50. Lajuana Palmer says:

    I hate to say this….and I know I am committing an most heinous cooking crimes….but I am not a fan of cream cheese at all…is there anything else I can use as part of the mixture?

  51. My recipe for this also includes small pieces of celery and slivered almonds. I always make more than we will eat because they are excellent the next day as a cold sandwich.

  52. Well, I ran across this site, seen the chicken pillow recipie, and thought humm I need to give this a shot. I did and let me tell you, I am so impressed . MY WHOLE family absolutely LOVED it. Cudos to you. And thank you for a recipie that will certainly be shared with many friends…..ooh by the way my husband is a Swiss cheese lover so I added some to your gravy and wow what a pop. …thanks again

  53. These look great, but I don’t like the flavor of Pillsbury crescent rolls. Do you think puff pastry would work? I worry that it might not be a good idea because puff pastry gets so much puffier than crescents. Thanks!

  54. These were amazing. My husband is not crazy about chicken and he ate the leftovers for breakfast! Tasted like Thanksgiving! Yum! Will definately share this recipe and make these again, and again.

  55. Well another good meal I will have to make this one next week and see how it turns out I will have sour cream by then. they all sound so good I can’t wait to make them. Thank you for sharing the recipes with all of us.

  56. Can this be prepared the night before and baked the next day?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      They can. Sometimes biscuits don’t like to be left out too long but I’ve done it and it’s worked.

  57. This recipe sounds amazing. I love that these are so customizable! I’m sneaking some spinach into a few for myself and some chopped jalapeno for my family who loves spicy stuff. We eat a lot of green chiles in my household and I’m guessing a can would go really well in these as well. Not all at once of course! You have a truly awesome base recipe here. I’m also testing out how well they freeze, because I like to have some stuff in the freezer that just needs to be popped into the oven. Wish me luck!

  58. Julie from KY says:

    Another recipe my husband love. Damn woman do you make anything that isn’t delicious? lol. Thank you! and the tip about making a lot of chicken at once for later in the week…Perfect. I made six chicken breast and put them in the kitchen aide to shred, perfect.

  59. My Mom made these for us back in the 70s in Pennsylvania but we always called them Chicken Crescents. They’re my favorite chicken dish. Our original recipe calls for crushed walnuts or pecans in the bread crumb mix, and no sour cream in the filling. We add mushrooms and sometimes sautéed onions, and just use slightly milk-diluted Cream of Chicken Soup for the gravy. All variations of these are wonderful!

  60. I love little food packets! This year I have already learned how to make two new kinds, and I see I am just about to land on a third recipe. I’ve been wondering what I would do with the cream cheese I found on sale and couldn’t resist! I appreciate the tips on sealing the seams extra carefully so the filling won’t leak. That’s just the kind of thing I would overlook, since I’m always rushing around. These look pretty fast to put together without turning the whole kitchen upside down. I’ll bet my daughters would go gaga over this. They don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but they love savory concoctions.