Tuesday, February 22, 2011

miss vivian's chicken crescents

     Recently, I hosted the Womens' Ministry leadership team at my house for a planning meeting. It was to include lunch, prepared by moi. I decided to make miss vivian's chicken crescents. This is an easy dish that looks like you've spent hours making it.
     It is perfect for a luncheon meal, but just as good for a weeknight family dinner. No matter the occasion, your family or your guests will love them. Only you and I will know how little you stressed over this meal!
Ingredients:
chicken meat from one rotisserie chicken, chopped
1 tub of reduced fat, cream cheese with chive and onion at room temperature
3 or 4 tubes reduced fat crescent rolls, any brand
cooking spray such as PAM
Pepperidge Farms herb stuffing mix
gravy:
3 T. butter
3 T. all purpose flour
2 -3 c. homemade chicken stock, simmering
1 can reduced fat cream of chicken soup
freshly ground black pepper
dried poultry seasoning or sage
Mix chopped, cooked chicken with cream cheese with chive and onion. Be sure to season with freshly ground black pepper. I also add a pinch of poultry seasoning.

 Open tubes of crescent rolls and separate. Place small amount of chicken mixture in center of each crescent. Roll up, making sure ends are sealed. Do this until chicken mixture is gone.
going into the oven
Spray each roll with aerosol cooking spray. Roll in herb stuffing mix. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Extras may be frozen at this point in an airtight container and baked at a later date. Bake crescents according to package directions. Remove when chicken crescents are golden brown and crispy.
coming out party
For gravy: Melt butter in pan. Whisk in flour and allow to brown. Season with black pepper and poultry seasoning. Whisk in 2 c. hot chicken stock, a little at a time, to avoid lumps. Add can, cream of chicken soup and blend. Season with black pepper and poultry seasoning. Simmer for a few minutes. Thin gravy with remaining 1 c. stock, if needed. Serve chicken crescents topped with chicken gravy.

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