Chicken Pillows

When Derek and I first got married, he INSISTED I learn how to make Chicken Pillows because it was his favorite dinner.My initial thought was, “What on earth are Chicken Pillows?!”  Once I tried them and bit into this “pillow” of joy and deliciousness, they soon became a favorite of mine, too!They are really, REALLY, good!

Chicken Pillows
Yummy pillows of Chicken and Pastry
  • 1 (8 oz) can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sleeve Saltine Crackers, crushed
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 spoons full sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Soften ¼ cup butter and 8oz. block of cream cheese. Then stir to a smooth consistency. Add cooked shredded chicken to the bowl.
  3. Lay out the 8 crescents on a cookie sheet. Stretch the crescent out.
  4. Place a couple spoon fulls of the creamy chicken mixture into the center of the crescent to fill it. Then fold the crescent around the mixture so that none of it is showing. I'll call this the "pillow".
  5. In a separate smaller bowl, put the egg and a little bit of water, maybe a couple Tablespoons worth and beat together.
  6. Dip the "pillow" into the blended egg. After dipping into the blended egg, proceed to dip it into the crushed saltine crackers and place on cookie sheet. Repeat for the remaining 7 crescents.
  7. Cook the pillows at 400 F for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them your oven might cook them quicker.
For the sauce topping
  1. Put can of cream of chicken and milk into a sauce pan. Add as much milk as you want to get it to the consistency you want i.e. thicker or runnier. When hot enough add 2 spoon fulls of sour cream and cheese to your liking.


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  1. @Andrea I would use 3-4 chicken breasts or about 2-3 cups of shredded chicken per 8 oz package of crescent rolls. Each 8 pack makes 8 individual crescent rolls so it just depends how many people eat. I would say this recipe serves 4-6 people. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!-Nikki

  2. Faith

    OH MY goodness!!! Can I just say how much I LOVE your blog?!! I am so happy that I found you – what great real life recipes.

  3. These were great!! My Mom always made a similar recipe with dry Stove Top stuffing on top. These were better and I never thought I would say that because they have always been one of my favorite. Plus, all 3 of my kids ate them up!! Thanks!!

  4. My SIL makes a variation of these. The filling is chicken breast, cream cheese, green onion, and pepper. Fill the crescent roll, dip it in the melted butter and then in stove top stuffing that has been crushed, and bake. They are so good! I'll be trying your recipe for sure :)

  5. i am getting ready to make for dinner tonite! of course, i am adding my own touch, a little bit of zucchini inside the pillows…yumm! cant wait! thinking bout making your banana cookies also!

  6. @Anonymous I put in probably anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, just when it gets to the consistency I want it.@Anonymous It must have disappeared. Sorry about that, that is weird! I think I fixed it now, let me know if you have any problems or if it is still not showing up for you. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  7. Made this last night but instead of making individual "pillows" I rolled out the crescent dough placed the filling in the middle and wrapped the dough over the top. I brushed the egg/water mixture over the top vs. dipping and it was super yummy! The one thing I noticed is one large "pillow" might not require the entire block of cream cheese. Oh! And did I mention I uses all low fat ingredients?!? Super easy and delicious! Thank you Chef in Training!

  8. Made this tonight!! It was awesome!! I used 1/2 c Shredded swiss cheese for the sauce and low fat cream cheese and 98% fat free soup. Family loved it too!! Thanks Chef in Training!! P.S. for anyone in Weight Watchers with what I used it is 13 points plus including sauce!! Worth every point!!

    • Amber

      Thank you jcsmama for adding the weight watchers points. I am on that diet and was afraid I would just have to watch my husband eat this alone. I have 15 points left today and will be able to eat this with him =). My husband usually does all the cooking and I kinda felt inspired today to return the favor. Off to the grocery store I go.

  9. Have made these twice now, first time I followed the recipe but the second time I decided to add some spinach and Worcestershire sauce to the mixture and I rolled the pillow in Ritz crackers vs the Saltines. It was amazing!!!

  10. Another person who could not print. This has been the case everytime I try to print, no matter the blog. Is it a pinterest problem or am I just choosing all blogs that don't print??? VERY frustrating! But I liked the Chicken Pillow recipe enough that I copied it by longhand!

    • Rebekah

      I would serve this with green beans or a green salad- definitely not mashed potatoes or noodles, there is already plenty of fat/carbs in crescent rolls, butter, cream cheese, crackers etc. These sound yummy but I would have something light and fresh with it for balance.

  11. Just had this for dinner and OMG does not even come close!!! This is going to be a regular guest on our lineup!!We had this with a big salad and all are now enjoying strawberries with yogurt and cinnamon as the dessert! All so filling, light and delish!!Thanks!

  12. I'm not being mean, but I just wanted to state there is no such a word as fulls and the correct term is Spoons full. Nothing to do wit you personally, just a pet peeve of mine since I was raised by an English teacher and I love to cook…lol sorry hope I didn't offend anyone especially you :)

    • Jancd

      As you can see, even when you so thoughtfully corrected this sweet lady, you made a few mistakes yourself. At least you made a lot of people laugh with your pointing out how proper you were. Just enjoy these great recipes and stop trying to be perfect. No one here on earth is, darling.

  13. My husband grew up on these too, so I inherited the recipe when we married and my side of the family was introduced to it too. Our recipe also calls for a small can of mushrooms, and we just roll them in bread crumbs (although your picture does look like a crispier coating, I'll have to try that). We don't add anything to the cream of chicken soup (except the milk). I haven't tried freezing the finished product, but if I have frozen the filling (good when there is extra) and it has been fine for the next batch.

  14. ok i've made these twice this week, 1st time according to the recipe, just had left over filling so i had to do it again. since we live in new mexico green chili is a staple here :). so i jut had to try it…sauteed onion, garlic and added 2 green chilis to the left over filling and baked..used cream of mushroom soup this time and added green chili to it too. they were sooooooooooo good! thanks!!!p.s. placed crescents between waxed paper and rolled ( worked easier for me)

  15. I just made these tonight but I used reduced fat Garden Herb Cream Cheese and extra spices in the chicken. I had to keep swatting hands with spoons to taste test before the mix even made it in the cresents. I would make this mix for chicken salad (dont like mayo or sour cream)! This was SUCH a hit tonight the girls asked to make it tomorrow too. THANK YOU!

  16. Jackie

    I did everything except I used plain bread crumbs instead of saltines. I HATE saltines and I added a little bit of the cream of chicken to the mixture that goes inside. It came out a little creamier than usual and was really good!

  17. Denise

    My recipe includes a couple of green onions, chopped and a couple of fresh mushrooms sliced. Dipping the bundles ( or pillows) in peppridge farms stuffing crumbs, gives them the little bit of seasoning it needs. I also use the canned or home made version of cream of chicken soup. Serve with mashed potatoes and a crisp green salad, glazed carrts and you’ve got dinner good enough for guests. BTW: your font is so light, it is hard to see, read and explains why someone wrote ‘wit’ when meaning ”with’… doubt…. (Shame on you #37 and 39.)

  18. Just made this tonight. Did the whole recipe as listed, but so glad I had two packages of crescent rolls! I was able to make 16 with all the filling. Tried to make bigger at first, but if I stretched the dough too much, it would tear. I also used about 2/3 cup of milk in the soup, and sharp cheddar for the sauce. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this recipe! Sooo good! It was a hit with the whole family! Will definitely make again. Also love how you can “tweak” it. Thanks!

  19. Becky

    This was the first recipe I have made from your blog, and my family LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing all your great recipes. I can’t wait to try them all!

  20. Natalie

    After making the colorado burritos last night, my family and I are looking forward to trying another one of your recipes tonight! Chicken pillows it is. =)

  21. Kayla

    We have a very similar recipe that my family loves- the two main differences being that we use bread crumbs for the outside, and we put chopped green onion inside. I really like green onion, and highly recommend you try adding it! FANTASTIC website, by the way! :)

  22. Niki

    I made these last night for supper. OMW…. they are awesome! Even my picky 4 year old loved them! It took me what seemed like a long time in the prep but now next time I will know what I am doing and it won’t take as long. My husband even put the sauce over his mashed potatoes! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!!!

  23. The Cagle Clan

    I made this for my family tonight & I’ve never had so many compliments!!!! Everyone loved it and my husband said I need to make it every week! Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Tara

    Made this for dinner tonight. YUM. It is going into our regular rotation – although, not too regular, because as awesome as it tastes, it isn’t extremely diet-friendly! :) ……. I poached 3 chicken breasts & had plenty of filling. I couldn’t stretch the rolls too much b/c they kept tearing, so I just put a couple of tablespoonfuls of the filling on the large side & kind of wrapped the rest of the crescent around it. For the sauce, I used closer to 3/4 cup of milk & about 1/2 cup of cheddar. Definitely a keeper!!!

  25. Mom in VA

    These look wonderful, but that d@mn cream soup!!! LOL I would love some suggestions for a sauce that don’t involve opening a can or a jar! Thanks in advance!

  26. Schundin

    I just tried this tonight and it was a definite hit! I followed the recipe exactly and it was so yummy. I served twice baked potatoes on the side, but that was a bit too heavy for this meal. Next time I’ll serve a side salad or some roasted veggies instead because the “pillows” are fairly dense and very filling.

  27. Abbey

    My mom made these when were growing up with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving :) I have made them with both, but never with the sauce, will have to try it next time, thanks!

  28. Les Texans

    Mom in VA-For the sauce you can make a traditional white sauce but instead of all milk, use 1/3 milk, 2/3 homemade chicken broth.

  29. Sarah

    I just made the Chicken Pillows. Oh my goodness, they were good. I added some ground sausage and mozzarella to the cream cheese/chicken mix, I also added fresh chives to the sauce. I substituted low fat/fat free ingredients where I could, as well. Love, love, love. Will definitely be making again. Thank you!!

  30. Roseanne

    I used rotisserie chicken , shredded it. My family LOVED this!! They ate every drop of the pillow chicken!! I will be making this part of our weekly menu!!

  31. Elizabeth

    I made these last night.. OMG.. thank you so MUCH! I did make a few modifications and my husband said i really should share them, just in case anyone wanted to hide some much needed iron for the kiddos :)

    I cut the butter and used 1 package of thawed drained spinach. I also added a generous sprinkle of the following: garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, black pepper and sea salt. I snuck in a very light dash of nutmeg too.. I had a little trouble at first trying to figure out exactly how to encase the filling into the cresent roll dough.. in the end i used 2 triangles still attached (in a retangle) pinced the middle seam closed, filled with about 1/4 cup of the filling and folded the dough around it, pinching the sides and end together.
    I highly reccommend making homefries with this, baked or fried (I actually did both) and smothering them in the creamy sauce too.

    Excellent addition and considering i was able to make this meal (fries and fresh snapbeans too) for $1.49/serving (6 total servings) I can’t imagine going more than 2 weeks before we have it again.. and again.. and can you imagine how good this will be with taco stuffing.. hamburger stuffing.. MEATBALL stuffing.. :)

  32. Christina Roth

    OMG! I’ve never seen someone else post a recipe even remotely close to what my boyfriend refers to as “chicken diapers”. It’s a recipe of his mother’s and he loves it. We make it almost the exact same way, only exceptions being that we fold the crescent dough like a diaper around the chicken filling…hence the name and use seasoned panko breadcrumbs instead of crushed saltines. Glad to see someone else has been introduced to the recipe via significant other!

    • Chef in Training

      I use a colby jack and monterey blend. Cheddar cheese is also really good :) Hope this helps! Let me know how you like them! Have a great day.

  33. Karol

    Made these last week after finding the recipe on Pinterest. My daughter who is the fussiest eater ever ,has requested these ever night since. So ,thanks for sharing and making my life easier :)

  34. Amanda

    these were good different but good like a biscuit cover chicken cordon bleu, next time I’m gonna add cheese and ham to the ck stuff cant wait.

  35. Heather

    Thanks for the recipe. Used to make something similar all the time and haven’t in forever! When I used to make them they got dipped in melted butter and rolled in crushed Stove Top Stuffing mix. Also threw some pecans into the creamy chicken mix. Now that I’ve been reminded I’m going to have to make some of these a.s.ap. and try it your way :). Oh and never ever made the sauce and they were still super yummy :).

  36. Katie

    Hi! Found this recipe on pinterest and have been wanting to try it for awhile because it sounds amazing!! I ended up doing an adaptation of this recipe instead because I had some ground beef I wanted to use up. I used half a pound of lean ground beef and cream of mushroom soup instead of chicken and cream of chicken. It’s gone. It was soooo good and I can’t wait to try the original version! Thanks!

  37. Erica

    I made these tonight! I didn’t stretch out the crescents (I missed that part!) and couldn’t figure out why there were so small. After I re-read it, I realized I missed a step. They were still delicious and my husband loved them. Even with them being smaller, it worked out well for us. :)

  38. Ciera

    I made these yummy pillows of delishiness! They came out perfect. Next time I think that I might use Ritz crackers instead of saltines to give an added burst of flavor. Very tasty recipe.

  39. Selena H

    My husband raved over these! They were very easy to fix! I even used canned chicken. I will be making this recipe again very soon! Thanks!

  40. Tara

    I made these tonight & they are YUM-O! My kids loved them too! I used Panko bread crumbs on the top (I was out of Saltines) These will definitely be put in the rotation of recipes around here! Thanks for sharing!!

  41. Jackie

    I just made this and it was so awesome. My husband and I loved it. I had extra chicken mixture left over, so I used the Pillsbury no seam dough and made a big one. This is a new family favorite- thanks

  42. Cheryl

    Just made these with leftover Turkey, instead of breading and sauce i just topped each one with a 1/2 of slice of swiss cheese, yummy! Thanks for the inspiration!

  43. Brittany

    I’ve made this a couple times. I use 3 large chicken breasts, 1 8oz package of cream cheese, and 2 cans (14) crescent rolls. It makes exactly enough. Delicious!

  44. Brittany

    ****SHREDDING TIP**** after cooking the chicken breasts (I poach mine in chicken broth) cut them in half, add to a large mixing bowl, and use a handheld mixer on low to shred the chicken. I found this tip online and it worked perfect tonight! Saved me so much time and effort!

  45. Keri

    I am going to make chicken pillows for Christmas with my family. There is 12 of us. What is your recommendation for a side dish?

  46. Kind family

    These chicken pillows were AMAZING! Just wondering if there is a good way to reheat what isn’t eaten? Thanks

  47. Alicia

    I never cook anything that my fiance really likes, until today!!! I made this recipe- exactly like you wrote it and it turned out great. Again, I’m not much of a cook but this was fantastic! He got seconds and wrapped up the left overs to take to work tomorrow. Thank you!!! :-)

  48. Cate

    Made these tonight. Good start but will add salt, pepper, and some spice to the filling. Ditch the canned soup….little flavor and way too many calories and sodium without much bang, a simple cheese sauce would have been a better choice.

  49. Becca

    Thank you SO much for this recipe! I made these tonight for my family of 6. I only made one batch since this was my first time making these (I am a terrible cook), and they all wanted more! We used Ritz crackers instead of Saltines since that’s all we had. It was delicious! We will be making these again this week. Thanks for your recipes, I will definitely be making more!

  50. Talya

    I made these last week and my husband loved them! He liked them so much I had to make them two days in a row. Thank you!

  51. jane

    hi…could you please illustrate with words or photos how to fold the pillows ? Also how to stretch them…i.e. how much and into what shape ? Thanx !!

  52. Chelsea

    I made this last night for Valentine’s dinner! The first thing my boyfriend said when he saw me defrosting the chicken was “Chicken again?!” and boy, did he quickly take back that statement once we were sitting down to eat. He LOVED them and thought it was the best dinner I have ever cooked! I used the Ritz crackers Garlic Butter kind and it was perfection! I would have never known these existed if it wasn’t for you and I will make it again and again. Thank you so much!

  53. Julie

    Delicious! I have made this twice. First time was for daughter and her hubby, so I did as per recipe. Second time for my hubby and me. I went all no fat, low fat and low sodium for us. I also chopped onions and sautéed them with the shredded chicken before adding to the cream cheese. Both dinners were very good and I will make this again! Thank you for this recipe!

  54. Shelly Bell

    I made these last night and everyone loved them! That’s a huge accomplishment with a house of 5 kids! I had a question about the 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. I just added it to the “gravy mix”, which worked fine and tasted great too! I used shredded cheddar and it melted in with the soup, but I wasn’t sure what it was for. On top before serving? I don’t think the recipe said, no biggie, just wondered if I missed something! Thanks for sharing…it’s a favorite of ours now too!

  55. Ryan

    OMG…these were amazing! I made these for my wife and I last night. Since it’s only the two of us I baked four of them and froze the other four for a later date! They were so flavorful and the sauce really added a lot! Served them with a side of corn and it was a hit! I will certainly be keeping this at the front of the recipe collection!
    Thanks so much!

  56. Holly

    I made these once and loved them…made them a second time and added bacon and parmesan cheese to the chicken mixture. Yum!!

  57. Donna Fontaine

    Oh my WORD! These were to die for!!!! Even my fairly picky little girls, ages 7 and 10, LOVED these! They were raving about the “cheese sauce.” I used sharp cheddar and left out the sour cream. Soooooo DELISH!!! Am making them again on Saturday as I had leftover chicken mixture. :)

  58. Denise Andrews

    I made the chicken pillows tonite for dinner, terrific. I used spicy crackers instead of the normal saltines n this recipe.I thought these pillows can lead to designer pillows. Next time I might use Gorgonzola cheese instead of the cream cheese. There are so many variations you can do to these pillows, they will never get old. Thank u chrissie
    Love Denise

  59. Denise

    Made these for dinner tonight and they were absolutely amazing! and pretty easy to make too which I greatly appreciated :) I will definitely be looking through your recipes for more to try :)

  60. Elaine

    Made this dish tonight and was a big hit with the family. Next time I make it I will juice it up a bit with some garlic in the sauce.

  61. Hi In Australia we dont have those tinned crescents?? Would criossants be similar.. Hope you dont mind me asking questions realting to ingredients that differ in my country.. Great easy to follow site. Thank you so much for sharing..Liz

    • Julie

      Liz-I think Pillsbury is making a HUGE mistake not having factories in Australia–you would love them!

  62. My daughter and I love this recipe! I make it about once or twice a month now. Usually I can make the filing and use it for 2 batches, I freeze what’s left from the first batch. I always just cook the chicken in the slow cooker and when I get up add the cream cheese and butter. Anyways, great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

  63. LDB

    These were delicious!!!! My husband loved them as well. I will definitely be making them again. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Hillary

    These are a family favorite! We always called them chicken roll ups, but I like pillows! we always rolled them in either crushed croutons or some Italian bread crumbs. Yum!

  65. Erin

    Entire pillows freeze relatively well. But the filling is great for freezing! I usually make a big batch and freeze the leftover filling. It actually helps in making the pillows since the heat from the freshly cooked filling sometimes melts the crecent dough!

    Also, my variation is to add onions, peppers and a spoonful of soup to the filling!

  66. Lindsay Lee

    Just wanted to let you know I made these tonight for dinner! They were amazing!!! I would recommend these to every one! I will be putting them in the dinner rotation for sure!!!

  67. Barb Yancey

    I’ve made your “Chicken Pillows” twice now. Scrumptious both times! My husband is not a fan of crescents stuffed with anything but butter. He absolutely loved these! My daughter tried them the second time while home from college. She’s going to try making them. This is by far the best recipe I’ve gotten off of Pinterest. These are even good warmed over in the oven.

  68. Kaylene

    Have you (or anyone) ever tried making this without the butter? I am thinking about leaving it out– I don’t feel like the flavor difference would be huge, but do you need it inside there for any other reason?

  69. Patricia

    Amazing! I made these for supper tonight. They were a big hit! I added ranch seasoning to the chicken mixture. Next time, I think I’m going to roll the “pillows” in French’s onion. Thanks for an amazing recipe!

  70. Jbanville

    My sister passed along this recipe. I’m glad she did – it was great! Everyone loved it. It seems so fancy, but it’s so easy and delicious!

  71. Katie

    These were soooo good! My 1-year old gobbled them up, and my mom (who HATES chicken) ate two! I have an adorable pic of my son gobbling them up!

  72. Emily

    I made these for the first time last night, they were amazing and so easy! Even my 21 month old ate it, and I almost always have to make him something separate because he is so picky. We will 100% be making these again

  73. Wendy

    I made these again last night. The first time, I used all the chicken and baked all the pillows, then the ones that were left over, wrapped them in foil and placed them in the freezer. A few weeks later, while I was baking cookies, I placed the foil packages in the 350* oven for about 10-15 minutes, until they warmed up. The kids liked them even better than the first time. I used two crescent rolls pinched together in a rectangle so they made good size pillows.. The first time I made them, I didn’t have any chicken soup so we ate them dry. This time I made the sauce and the kids said they like them both ways. Finally something both of my children will eat. This is definitely staying in the rotation. Thanks.

  74. Jessica S

    These look so tasty! My family is very picky and not a fan of cheese or sour cream – are there any substitutions? Could I just omit them?

  75. James Martinez

    These are great. Family is not a fan of the cream of chicken sauce so we used chile con queso sauce. Gave it a Mexican twist and they tasted great! Thank you for your posts.

  76. jenbensen

    Tasty, I guess, as an occasional treat, but what about feeding our families heathy meals? This is a nutritional disaster.

  77. Jeanine

    I can already taste that this would be yummy, but my brain isn’t figuring out how to make crescents into pillows. Can you please elaborate? And if you could send an email to me I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Sweetie!! Another yummy pin in the making!

  78. Brooke

    So I don’t have any eggs on hand and I so want to make these tonight! Could I just dip them in butter rather than the egg…would it make any difference?

  79. Jennifer

    I think I a video on this recipe. I’m not sure about rolling out the crescent dough and folding it around the chicken mixture. I tried it and I had left over chicken filling. Is that suppose to happen?

  80. Mia

    I made these tonight with some minor changes such as whole wheat Ritz instead of saltines and chive and onion cream cheese instead of plain. My son ate one and said, “Mom, I really like these.” Thank you so much for a great recipe!

  81. Carol

    I have made something similiar but have added bits of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots to the mix. I did not roll them in butter and cracker crumbs. Just added some shredded cheese just before it was done baking. Did not use any sauce on them at all. My grandson ate 3 of them and didn’t realize he was eating his veggies! Score one for his mommy!!

  82. Genna Gibbs

    I can’t wait to make these! I will make one small change. I like this kind of dish crunchy! If you dip thr pillow in flour before thr egg and crumbs, you will pick up a lot ore crumbs. Works the same for fried chicken, chicken fried steak, or anything else that is “crumbified”.

  83. Mair H

    I just wondered if you had tried freezing this and if it worked? I have a son away at college and im trying to find college kid freezer friendly meals lol