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These Stuffed Chicken Pillows are like little gourmet chicken empanadas. The cheesy filling paired with the arugula pesto and shredded Bounty Fresh chicken breasts are a treat to have when you feel hunger pangs invading your belly.

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This dish is best prepared ahead. They’re great as either the main course in your office lunchbox or as a quick snack whenever you want. The arugula pesto is made with cashew nuts, giving it a roasted, smoky taste that blends well with the cheese. The water chestnuts add a soft, crunchy bite for a whole other layer of texture. We packed the stuffing into some buttery puff pastry as we felt this combination works best with the yummy chicken creaminess within.

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Stuffed Chicken Pillows with Cream Cheese and Arugula Pesto

Total Time: 60 minutes / Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients for the Chicken

Ingredients for the Arugula Pesto


  1. To make the pesto, blend arugula, cashew and garlic in a processor, while drizzling in olive oil. Season to taste. Transfer to a container.
  2. In a bowl, place 3 tablespoons of pesto, cream cheese, chicken, chestnuts and grated cheese and mix until well combined. Season and set aside.
  3. Place 1-2 tablespoons chicken mixture in the middle of a cut up puff pastry. Fold the dough corners to the center and over the chicken mixture forming a pillow, making sure there are no openings. Do the same with the rest.
  4. Dip each pillow in melted butter. Roll on breadcrumbs and shake excess crumbs. Place chicken pillow on lined sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until light brown.
  5. As the pillows bake, prepare the gravy by following the instructions on the package.
  6. Serve warm with gravy on the side.

11 Responses

  1. i love this…i’ll try this weekend…family time..thy will love this recipe.hmmmmm

    1. Yogurt is surprisingly a good substitute for tangy dairy. 🙂 You can also use cottage cheese, if you wish.

    1. HAD THE SAME REACTION!!! Will make it this weekend! Sooooo excited! Arugula, cream cheese and shredded chicken pa lang, nagugutom na ako. E deep-fried pa! SARAP!

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