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Puff Pastry Chicken Bundles

Inside these golden puff pastry "packages", chicken breasts rolled with spinach, herbed cream cheese and walnuts are a savory surprise. I like to serve this elegant entree when we have guests or are celebrating a holiday or special occasion. -Brad Moritz, Limerick, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 40 large spinach leaves
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cold water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Cut a lengthwise slit in each chicken breast half to within 1/2 in. of the other side; open meat so it lies flat. Cover with plastic wrap; pound with a meat mallet to 1/8-in. thickness. Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place five spinach leaves on each chicken breast half. Spoon a scant 2 tablespoons of cream cheese down the center of each chicken breast half; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon walnuts. Roll up chicken; tuck in ends.
  • Unfold puff pastry; cut into eight portions. Roll each into a 7-in. square. Place chicken on one half of each square; fold other half of pastry over chicken. Crimp edges with fork. Combine egg and cold water; brush over edges of pastry.
  • Bake on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking sheet until a thermometer reads 165°, 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 624 calories, 32g fat (10g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 742mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 6g fiber), 44g protein.
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  • Linda
    Dec 25, 2020

    I have made these three times. My family loves them. We sometimes have them for Christmas dinner. I brush the whole pocket with egg wash to get the golden color, and I don't put walnuts, my family doesn't like them. But the chicken is always moist and delicious.

  • ebramkamp
    Jun 5, 2013

    These are delicious and look impressive as well. I did heat my oven to 400 degree's and cooked it for the same length of time. My chicken was still moist and the pastry was golden brown. I also substituted basil leaves for the spinach using only two large leaves per chicken bundle-I did not sauté the basil prior to use and I added chopped red pepper to the cream cheese mixture and topped with thinly sliced mushrooms as I had both in the refrigerator. I omitted the walnuts per my husband's request. They turned out beautifully and I will definitely be making them again.

  • cctp1016
    Jun 5, 2012

    Absolutely delish!! Total comfort food!!

  • Semenov
    May 7, 2012

    This one was a total disaster. I followed the directions to the letter but not only did the puff pastry never get golden, it actually looked pale and was raw in the end. The recipes said to bake for 25 to 30 minutes and I had it in the oven for an hour just to make the dough bake. Will never make this again. I basically had to throw them all out.

  • germanycook
    Mar 1, 2012

    Really liked this. I made the recipe my own - didn't have spinach so just used regular cream cheese, salt and pepper, dried chives and walnuts. They took around 45 minutes to cook - the chicken was cooked but the pastry wasnt as golden as the picture! But that aside, i really liked these and they had such a fancy flavour without being an impossible recipe to make. And rolling up the chicken in pastry wasnt hard at all! Yum.

  • berumen
    Jan 27, 2010

    It took alot longer to cook. In the end i had to broil them to brown the tops And i hate to say it but i didnt like the flavor of the chicken or the walnuts. i liked the pastry and the cream cheese:(

  • Bruha1
    Oct 18, 2009

    Very good and easy to make! Flavor and texture was great. Hardest part of this recipe is finding spinach in my town!

  • lrnshannon
    Mar 26, 2008

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  • Zanthia
    Dec 22, 2006

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    Dec 14, 2006

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