Chicken Bundles

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Tasty chicken with herbs wrapped in puff pastry dough makes for a great summertime snack (or dinnertime meal). We like that it’s easy to adjust the size of these bundles–bigger for the adults and smaller for the kids. Courtesy of Bushel & a Peck, this recipe will soon become your family’s new favorite dish.

Makes 16 bundles

3 Cups cooked chicken, cut up (approx. 2-3 chicken breasts, or 3-4 chicken leg quarters)
1 small container onion & chive cream cheese (8 oz, 227g)
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 bunch of green onions, sliced
1/4 Tsp each rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, and 1 tbsp dried chives. Any or all of these spices are optional. I used a free, pre-packaged pouch of the spices from an omelette recipe I had.
Salt & pepper to taste
2 packs (397 g each) puff pastry, thawed.
1 egg, and 1 tbsp water (egg wash)

1. Have your oven shelves set at the middle, and top places. Heat oven to 450 degrees F (if planning to bake them right away). Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment, and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix the cooked chicken, cream cheese, chopped artichokes, green onion and spices. Set aside.

3. Un-wrap one puff pastry, and roll out until it is approximately a 9×12 inch rectangle. Cut into quarters (bottom right photo)

4. Put 4 tbsp of the chicken mixture in a slight log/rectangle shape (following the shape of the cut pastry) in the centre of each rectangle.

5. Now, start folding the pastry by first folding over a wide side, then a narrow, than a wide, and finish with a narrow side, pinching the pastry at the top to seal it. Place onto prepared cookie sheet, and continue making the bundles until you’ve used up all the pastry and chicken.

6. Mix in a small bowl the egg and water, and brush over pastry before baking.

7. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the pastry is golden and puffed. You can bake both sheets at once, but at the 10 minute mark you will need to rotate the sheets. Cool slightly before eating (so you don’t cut into a steaming, delicious hot bundle of burn your mouth off!)

Tell us how your chicken bundles turned out in the Comments below!

recipe and photo courtesy of Amy-Lyn of Bushel & a Peck. Visit her blog for more great recipe ideas.