Do you notice a trend in your cooking repertoire at home? I certainly do; in the chilly winter months my slow cooker is on my counter more nights than not, and in the spring and summer months I turn to fresh, crisp, and yes – easy recipes because we are so busy once the snow melts.
Kitchen hacks are a lifesaver for me. What is a kitchen hack? Chances are you’re already utilizing them and don’t even know it. Kitchen hacks are ways to take every day items in your kitchen and utilize them in a unique and non-standard way, to make your recipe creation easier.
This Spring, I am working with Tenderflake’s Test Kitchen to create recipes with delicious, flaky, and oh-so-easy Tenderflake Puff Pastry while sharing some hacks to make the process quick, easy, and flawless.
The Tenderflake Test Kitchen is a place where pie and pastry expectations are defied and tasty experimentation reigns. The social content and recipes that comes out of the Tenderflake Test Kitchen’s explorations give people the inspiration they want to take their meals, snacks, and entertaining to the next level.
Mini Creamy Chicken Pies
Chicken pot pies are not just for the winter months. Here’s a way to serve your guests a creamy, comfort-food as an appetizer so they still have room for the main course.
The ingredient list is very simple too! Just a few spoonfuls of chopped chives, 1 chicken breast, 1/2 block of cream cheese and Tenderflake Puff Pastry (1/2 the box). Remember to take the Puff Pastry out at least 2 hours before your prep and leave on your counter at room temperature, or take it out the night before and refrigerate overnight.
Once you’ve chopped the chives and cut up a chicken breast into bite sized pieces, steam cook the chicken breast in a pan with water until no longer pink in the middle.
While the chicken is cooking, roll out the Tenderflake Puff Pastry.
Here’s my easy hack. Use the ramekin cup to cut out circles to top your pies.
Half a package of Tenderflake Puff Pastry will give you enough pastry for 3 ramekin cups.
Add the cooked chicken to a bowl with 1/2 block cream cheese, and top with chives. The heat from the chicken will make the cream cheese easy to mix.
Spoon the chicken, cream cheese and chives mixture evenly distributed between three ramekin cups.
Top with the Tenderflake Puff Pastry circles and cook in the oven at 375 degrees for 17 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes at the end.
The result! Three delicious mini pot pies perfect for appetizers!
Sit back, enjoy, and accept the compliments that come your way when your family tastes this creamy comfort-food appetizer topped with a flaky, baked-from-scratch tasting pastry!