Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Easy Dinner in 20 Minutes: Chicken Pillows and Kid-Approved Waldorf Salad

Are you out of quick dinner ideas? Or do you just have random ingredients sitting around without an obvious purpose? Try these super easy and fun recipes that your kids will love. Try chicken pillows as a simple alternative to leftover shredded chicken. These light chicken-filled pastries cook up fast, and are really fun to roll up. Your kids may even want to join you in the kitchen as special helpers! Then, pair your chicken pillows with a classic waldorf salad. All you really need is a rotisserie chicken, a can of crescent rolls, shredded cheese, apples, grapes, celery and walnuts, but, just in case, there is a detailed shopping list that includes both recipes below.

Shopping List:
Bag of walnuts
Red seedless grapes
Green apple
3 Lemons or jar of lemon juice
1 can of crescent rolls
Shredded cheese
Rotisserie chicken (or 2-3 cups shredded chicken)

1. Waldorf Salad Recipe

* 1/2 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
* 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced (or a 1/4 cup of raisins)
* 1 sweet apple, cored and chopped
* 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
* 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
* Salt
* Pepper

Whisk the mayo and lemon juice together in a medium sized bowl. Add the salt and pepper. Stir in the apple, celery grapes, and walnuts. Let the salad sit as you make the chicken pillows, or, better yet, overnight. Serves 2.

2. Chicken Pillows Recipe

The original recipe calls for a filling of cream cheese and butter, but you can really cut down on the fat content by simply replacing those ingredients with a sprinkling of shredded cheese.

1 can of 8 Pillsbury crescents
2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 cups shredded cheese
1 egg
Crushed crackers

Preheat you oven to 400 F. Place the shredded chicken in a bowl and add the shredded cheese. Mix. Lay out your crescents on a cookie sheet and stretch them out. Put a spoonful of the cheese and chicken mixture onto the center of each crescent. Next, roll up the crescent around the filling and close it up so there are no cracks. Whisk the egg and a bit of water together in a bowl and dip the pillows into the egg. Then, dip them into the crushed crackers to make a crunchy topping. Cook the pillows at 400 F for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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