Different Types of Chicken Pockets

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Chicken pockets are tasty meals on-the-go. Here are 6 free recipes featuring pockets made of dough, pastry, biscuit, and bread.

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Chicken Pockets with Crescent Rolls

Kami from Nobiggie has a chicken crescent bundle recipe using the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. I find her recipe fairly detailed with good clear pictures.

The filling is simple: shredded chicken, cream cheese seasoned with some Italian mix. I would add some kind of vegetables to the filling.

image source: Kami from nobiggie.net

Kami’s printable Chicken Crescent Bundle recipe is available at https://www.nobiggie.net/chicken-crescent-bundles/.

Do you want to make the crescent roll from scratch instead of using pre-made dough?

Chichi from mydiasporakitchen has a great recipe for homemade crescent rolls.

image source: Chichi from mydiasporakitchen.com

Besides the ingredients and step-by-step instructions, Chichi also wrote about the difference between croissants and crescent rolls (because they look so similar), how to proof yeast, and how to create the triangles (easier than I think).

Chichi’s printable homemade crescent rolls is available at https://www.mydiasporakitchen.com/homemade-crescent-rolls/

Pair this homemade crescent roll with the Chicken crescent bundle filling to make your very own crescent roll chicken pocket.

Chicken Pockets with Puff Pastry

Light flaky buttery puff pastry is always a treat.

Julia from freefoodtips.com offers a chicken mushroom puff pastry pocket recipe. The step-by-step instructions are accompanied by big clear pictures.

image source: Julia from Freefoodtips.com

Aren’t these chicken pockets pretty?

I am not confident working with puff pastry, even store-bought ones, but reading through Julia’s instructions makes me want to try. Imagine wowing your friends with such pretty food.

Julia’s printable recipe is available at https://freefoodtips.com/puff-pastry-with-chicken-and-mushroom/

Do you want to make the puff pastry from scratch instead of using pre-made dough?

I think you are crazy because I think puff pastry is really difficult to make. But that’s me. Maybe you have the talent for it. 🙂

Here is a quick puff pastry recipe by Laura from New Zealand. It is strictly speaking a rough puff. Her instructions are succinct and clear, especially the folding technique.

This printable homemade puff pastry is available at https://www.thekiwicountrygirl.com/15-minute-homemade-puff-pastry/

Combine this homemade puff pastry with Julia’s chicken and mushroom filling for yummy homemade chicken and mushroom flaky pockets.

Chicken Pockets with Pizza Dough

Blair from the seasonedmom.com offers a chicken and spinach calzone recipe where chicken, mushrooms, onion, garlic, spinach and feta cheese are baked into pizza dough pockets.

Image source: Blair from seasonedmom.com

I like the way Blair shape the pocket. Rustic and free-spirited. I also like that the chicken pockets can be frozen up to 3 months and that reheating can be done in a microwave oven.

Blair used refrigerated pizza dough, so if you want to make everything from scratch, you can try a homemade pizza dough recipe from Mel of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe at https://www.melskitchencafe.com/quick-and-easy-pizza-dough/.

Chicken Pockets with Biscuit

STL Cooks has the shortest recipe for chicken pockets using refrigerated biscuit dough.

image source: STL Cooks

It does not have any pictures of the process but the thing I like about it is the simplicity of the filling: shredded chicken, barbeque sauce, and cheese.

Do you want to make the biscuit from scratch instead of using the pre-made version?

Most of the recipes for chicken pockets with biscuits use canned or refrigerated biscuit. Ready-made and quick.

However, I live in a part of the world where refrigerated biscuits are hard to find. So, it is nice to find a simple biscuit recipe.

Cream Biscuit Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in cream and mix until the dry ingredients come together
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times.
  4. Divide into 8 pieces; press each into a 4-5 inch round.

This biscuit recipe is from Kristen’s https://www.thefrugalgirl.com/ham-and-swiss-roll-ups-homemade-hot-pockets/

Chicken Pockets with Pita Bread

Instead of making the pastry from scratch or use pre-made pastry, use ready-made pita bread or tortilla wrap as the pocket. No baking is needed.

chicken and peach pockets
chicken and peach pockets with tortilla wrap

These can also be prepared in advance for breakfast-on-the-go or a handy snack. Pocket-sized goodness. Ingredients listed serves two.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken breast
  • 2 slices tinned peaches
  • 2 tbsp non-fat yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 whole-wheat pita bread

Instructions

  1. Shred or chop the cooked chicken breast. Set aside. This is a great dish for leftover roast chicken
  2. Drain the peach slices and chop into similar sizes as chicken breast. Set aside.
  3. Chop/Julienne the lettuce leaves into thin shreds. Use a mandolin if you are using a head of lettuce. Set aside
  4. Chop the cucumber into small cubes. Set aside
  5. Chop the tomato into small cubes. Set aside
  6. Slice the pita bread in 2
  7. In a non-stick frying pan, heat the pita bread
  8. In a bowl, mix the peaches, cucumber, tomato with the yoghurt and cottage cheese
  9. Place the shredded lettuce and chicken into each pita pocket and add the peach mixture on top
  10. Wrap each pocket in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to eat.

Chicken pockets with short-crust pastry aka Chicken Curry Puff

As a Singaporean, the Southeast Asian quintessential chicken pocket is the chicken curry puff. A shortcrust pastry shell contains a mixture of curry with chicken, egg and cubed potatoes. The shell can be either baked or deep-fried.

There are several variations but here is the classic one.

Her technique of using a plate to flatten the dough puts a smile on my face. This is how my grandmother used to do too.

The written instructions with pictures are available at https://mykitchen101en.com/curry-puff-karipap-crispy-crust-with-smooth-filling-recipe/

My favourite food Youtube channel The Meatmen also has a recipe for chicken curry puff.