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Chicken Pillows


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There are a lot of different versions of this chicken pillows recipe out there. I actually adapted this version I am sharing with you from 3 different recipes – my mom’s, my mother-in-law’s, and one from Alisa Bangerter whose recipe was shared it on KSL news in 1998.

This makes 8 large servings, but rarely do have have leftovers with my family of 5. My husband and two sons love them so much, they usually eat two each. I am also grateful Pillsbury finally figured out to make crescent creations. It’s the tubed crescent dough in one big sheet. No more pressing the seams together to make stuff. It made this so much easier. However, if you don’t see it at your store, good old crescent roll dough will work. You just need to press those seams together.

The filling for this is comprised of cream cheese, cooked chicken, green onion, butter, salt, pepper, and chopped mushrooms. Feel free to leave those mushrooms out. My family aren’t mushroom fans, so I usually don’t add them in.

Once you have that filling and get it inside the crescent dough, You want to dip the pillows in butter followed by bread crumbs. It adds a nice crispy texture to the pillows. Now you could stop there and be fine, but we love a sauce on top.

The sauce is fairly easy to make. Just open up a can of cream of chicken soup. Add it to a sauce pan along with some sour cream, curry powder, may, and milk. The warm until heated through. The curry powder is what really gives the sauce it’s wonderful flavor.

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Chicken Pillows


Units Scale
  • 34 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
  • 6 oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 24 Tbsp green onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped mushrooms (I can’t add this cause no one likes mushrooms, except me)
  • 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 tubes of crescent roll dough (I used the new crescent creations)
  • Bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • Cream sauce:
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp mayo
  • Milk
  • (sometimes I also add some dried parsley for color)


  1. In large bowl, mix together cream cheese, green onion, mushrooms, 2 Tbsp butter, milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in chicken and set aside.
  2. Open crescent roll dough and carefully unroll dough. Separate each tube into 4 rectangles. Seal seam in center of each rectangle. (This isn’t necessary if you are using the Crescent Creations dough)
  3. Place a spoonful of the chicken filling on half of each rectangle. Fold over other half of roll dough and seal edges, creating a pillow. Dip each pillow in melted butter and then bread crumbs.
  4. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. For the cream sauce: Combine ingredients in sauce pan and cook over medium heat until heated through. Serve cream sauce over the chicken pillows. Serves 8.
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These photos are the original photos from this post. The above photo was updated in September 2017.

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Laura October 5, 2012 - 6:07 pm

You talk about milk in pillows and sauce but don’t list amount of milk. HELP!

The Bentley Family March 3, 2009 - 11:07 am

I made these on Saturday for the first time and they were a huge hit at my house. These will definately be a new family staple. Thanks for the awesome recipe! I love your blog.

Rachel November 6, 2008 - 3:13 pm

These are one of our family favorites too! My mom’s been making them for as long as I can remember.

Live.Love.Eat November 5, 2008 - 11:52 am

These sound great!!!!

Scrappin' Mom November 3, 2008 - 8:32 pm

I have made these before and they are great, but next time I am definitely going to try your sauce. It looks wonderful!

Joan November 3, 2008 - 7:50 pm

I have not heard of Pillsburys crescent creations!! Well isn’t it about time for that! I love your blog! I just found it today and I will be back!!
Those Chicken Pillows looks delicious!

Maria November 3, 2008 - 5:12 pm

Looks like a tasty meal!! The pillows are the perfect name too!

Brindi November 3, 2008 - 2:34 pm

I am so excited about the “Crescent Creations” also. I have two tubes in the fridge. I may try your Chicken Pillows this week with leftover turkey.

Jeni November 3, 2008 - 12:13 pm

Laura this is brilliant and looks incredibly delicious! This one I’ve got to try!! Thanks.

Snooky doodle November 3, 2008 - 9:00 am

yummy these look so good :0

Laura November 3, 2008 - 7:59 am

No milk in the filling, just milk in the cream sauce. Then just use enough milk to make the sauce the consistency that you like it, probably at leat 1/4-1/2 cup milk.

Jared and Katie Organ November 3, 2008 - 7:43 am

this looks so good!! How much milk so you need for the filling? It doesn’t say.

Stephanie November 3, 2008 - 7:41 am

Crescent creations – that sounds brilliant! There are so many recipes that call for pressing the seams together!

These pillows look great. I love doing things like this, they’re fun and tasty! And I really like the idea of doing a sauce to go over them.

Sara November 3, 2008 - 7:34 am

I love chicken clouds, bundles, pillows…whatever you want to call them. They remind me of home growing up. Thanks for the reminder to make these.