Chicken Enchilada Pockets

Here's the Dish

As I’ve shared before, I love Mexican food! You really can put a healthy spin on just about any Mexican dish without losing the flavor thanks to all of the wonderful spices used in this type of cooking! I also LOVE the taste of crescent rolls, (I think it brings me back to childhood), so I decided~ why not combine the two!?!  After my husband and I took one bite of these chicken enchilada pockets, I knew that crescent rolls and enchiladas were a match made in heaven!

I was very satisfied with how well these pockets came out, and even more satisfied with how much my hubby loved them, (which I take as a guarantee that any kid would love them as well!) So… If you love Mexican food, and enjoy the taste of freshly baked crescent rolls~ then I can guarantee you will love these chicken enchilada pockets!!!

Method

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 30 Minutes.

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil, (for easy clean up) and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2

Cut cream cheese in half, (save the rest for later) and place in a medium sized bowl.

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3

Pour grated cheese in the bowl with the cream cheese. Microwave for 45-60 seconds to soften cheeses, making them easier to combine. Stir to combine cheese.

4

Pour sauce into bowl with cheese, and stir to combine.

5

Add spice mix and stir. (I also added a tsp of stevia here because I personally like a bit of sweet to balance out the saltiness in almost every dish!)

6

Add chopped chicken, and stir until everything is well mixed.

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7

Unroll and separate crescent rolls on prepared baking sheet in preparation to make the pockets. Scoop about 1/8th cup (or a heaping tbs) of chicken mixture into the center of the largest part of the crescent roll.

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8

Pull outer corners of the crescent over the chicken mixture.

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9

Pull the ‘long’ segment of the crescent roll dough over the ‘tucked’ corners to make a pocket that fully encloses the chicken filling.

(Note: There is no real art to this, in fact I did each one a little differently, and they all turned out great! The only real key is to make sure the chicken filling is fully enclosed by the dough so it won’t spill out when baking!)

10

To make the top look like a little pocket, I twisted the dough to a point on top. I sprinkled some additional cheese on top of each one just before baking, but this is certainly optional!

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11

Bake at 375 for 15 Minutes, or until top of crescent rolls are golden brown.

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12

Serve warm, and Enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator, or freeze within 5 days, (if they last that long!)

Ingredients

1 pkgReduced fat crescent rolls
1/2 (8 oz) Package fat free cream cheese
1/2 cupReduced fat mexican blend grated cheese (or mozzarella or 2% cheddar)
1 cup Chicken, cooked and diced (or pulled)
1/2 cup Enchilada sauce (or taco sauce/salsa)
1 tbs Enchilada seasoning, (or taco/any mexican seasoning)
OptionalFor a bit of spice try adding 1/4 cup canned green chiles to the mix!

Katie's Tip!

There is no real art to the folding over the chicken, in fact I did each one a little differently, and they all turned out great! The only real key is to make sure the chicken filling is fully enclosed by the dough so it won’t spill out when baking!

Nutrition Breakdown

8 Servings
155 Calories Per Serving
6 g Fat
14 g Carbohydrate
3 g Sugar
12 g Protein
5 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

59 Comments

AmazingGreis said:

OMG, those look delish! I can not wait to try these!!!

May 6th, 2011 — 11:08am  |  Reply

Marissa said:

I am definitely going to make these! They looks super easy and yummy….thanks! Can I suggest maybe putting a printable version of your receipes with the posts?? It would be very convenient to be able to easily print out your receipes that I want to try! :)

May 6th, 2011 — 1:11pm  |  Reply

lisa said:

these look delicious! im writing this and its only 8 in the morning, but id still totally eat them now! :p

May 7th, 2011 — 4:55am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Haha.. Thanks Lisa! :)

May 7th, 2011 — 5:52am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Marissa… I”m actually considering a cookbook! Then you can have your dashing dish recipes printed and all in one place :)

May 7th, 2011 — 5:53am  |  Reply

Missy said:

Wow! These look incredible! I think my hubby would really like these. Of course anything involving crescent rolls is always a winner :)
I like the idea of printable and I do apprectiate you always giving the nutritional stats with your recipes. It helps us calorie counters out so much!

May 7th, 2011 — 6:40am  |  Reply

Anne Marie said:

These look absolutely delicious!! I’m so happy to have found your blog, it’s adorable and super informative. Thanks for sharing and please keep creating yummy things :)

May 7th, 2011 — 1:00pm  |  Reply

Chelsea said:

Huge hit in my house! I absolutely love your website. Thanks you so much for sharing!

May 9th, 2011 — 1:50am  |  Reply

Marissa said:

A cookbook would be amazing!! I would definitely buy one :)

May 10th, 2011 — 1:27pm  |  Reply

Brittanie said:

would definitely love to have a Dashing Dish Cookbook! I tell everyone about your website…and try as many recipes as I can! Thanks Katie for sharing such an awesome passion…it’s helping so many others! I am staying with my parents for 8 days, so I’m making up a bunch of these to freeze and have a great quick lunch right away! Same with breakfast!

May 11th, 2011 — 12:13pm  |  Reply

Desiree said:

I made these last night and they were delicious! I always look forward to your new recipes! :) Can’t wait for the next one to try.

May 11th, 2011 — 3:11pm  |  Reply

Lisa said:

I just discovered your blog and I’m very impressed and excited to start trying some recipes!!! Yay! The enchilada pockets look yummy!
Thanks for doing this!

May 11th, 2011 — 8:42pm  |  Reply

Lisa said:

Hey, question about the calories. is it 180 calories for 8 of the pockets or 1 pocket is 180 calories? this looks/sounds awesome.

May 16th, 2011 — 7:07pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

These were a winner at dinner tonight! Everyone loved them! They are definitely filling. I made a side dish of seasoned corn, black beans, bell peppers, and onions to go with it.

I absolutely love your blog. I love the spiritually themed articles you write. I don’t believe we are of the same faith but your messages are just beautiful and right in line with our own Christian faith. You help me to see the Bible in a more practical and “everyday” sort of way. Thank you for your perspective and sweet messages!

June 2nd, 2011 — 5:40pm  |  Reply

amanda said:

Made these today for a family get together, everyone loved them! So perfect. I also showcased an all dashing dish menu(I wanted my sister in law to try all the food I’ve been raving about, I made chocolate (vita) muffins, reeses frozen pie(topped w/ the cream cheese frosting from your carrot cake recipe) greek pita pizzas, and these pockets. As an appitizer I baked tortilla chips w/ a fresh salsa. Everyone thought it all was wonderful. And a hit w/ bot picky kids and MEN too! :) please put out a cook book right away! I would buy it as a present for Everyone! Thank you so much for all ur great ideas and sharing your lifestyle to help others.

June 5th, 2011 — 1:45pm  |  Reply

Ashley said:

Just made these for dinner tonight! I LOVED them, and the hubby and kids (well one of the kids–but the other one never eats anything) loved them too! These are definitely making it into our dinner rotation. :)

I am waiting on the chocolate chunk muffins to cool and I will have one for dessert! I forgot to add the tsp of vanilla but hopefully they’re still okay. I’m sure I will make them again!

Thanks for all of your great recipes!

June 17th, 2011 — 6:49pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

Those are TOO CUTE! I love that you used crescent rolls. So creative.

June 23rd, 2011 — 12:04pm  |  Reply

Jun said:

I wish I can pop one into my mouth right now!

June 24th, 2011 — 12:30am  |  Reply

Melissa said:

I just made these tonight for dinner, and they are delicious! I made a little adjustment (the corner store was out of crescent rolls. really, how could they let that happen!?), and made some tortilla dough, rolled it out as if I were making tortillas, but instead of putting them on a skillet, I filled them and baked them as your recipe directed. A.Maz.Ing. They are delicious, I can only imagine how good they’d be with buttery, flaky crescent dough! Kudos on a great, quick, and easy recipe!

Also, there was a little bit of filling leftover, which I heated in the microwave and ate as a dip with some chips. Just the filling alone would make an excellent snack for a party or ball game.

July 8th, 2011 — 2:39pm  |  Reply

Lacey said:

I made these tonight for dinner. Hubby & I LOVED them! I think I softened my cheeses a bit too much which made it a very messy meal to create, but worth it! Thanks for another easy and delicious recipe! :)

July 9th, 2011 — 7:11pm  |  Reply

Monica said:

These look soo delicious!! :D I’m always up for a new take on things I already have in my pantry.

July 10th, 2011 — 9:24pm  |  Reply

Allie said:

LOVE THESE!!! I made them last night!!! They were awesome! Thanks Katie!

July 22nd, 2011 — 6:13am  |  Reply

Karli Vorderstrasse said:

Katie, I am now a busy mom of three (I just had twins) and we have a 2 year old son. I am in love with all of your quick & easy meal ideas! I am making this one tonight for dinner :) Thanks for giving me new ideas for our family :) Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

September 28th, 2011 — 2:28pm  |  Reply

Tina K. said:

ya know if you took that mix, the cream cheese, enchilada sauce & spice mix, the cheese and blended it to mix in the cheese and then added the shredded chicken, that would make a pretty good dip.. could even heat it just enough to melt the cheese and serve with some tortillas or crackers kind of like the buffalo chicken dip.. good stuff

October 7th, 2011 — 5:44pm  |  Reply

Elizabeth said:

I just made two vegetarian versions of this! The original recipe, but with corn and black beans instead of chicken, and a bit of an altered recipe with spinach, onions, garlic, and pine nuts, and a smidge of nutmeg super yum!! Thank You for the recipe/ideas!
P.S. this additionally comes in handy because I’m currently in my last semester of nursing school and need something small like this to nom on in between helping with patients!

October 9th, 2011 — 10:35pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

I also had filling left over. I wrapped it up in corn tortillas, poured the left over enchilada sauce and shredded cheese on top and then baked them for 20 minutes. Super easy enchiladas! So delish.

October 19th, 2011 — 10:44am  |  Reply

Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups said:

These are adorable! My fiancé would love them!

October 22nd, 2011 — 8:30am  |  Reply

Marie said:

I just found your website this morning and the recipes I have looked at are made to my taste. I need to go shopping and get some ingredients and try these recipes. Thank You for such a great site.

November 12th, 2011 — 5:05am  |  Reply

Maggie said:

Thanks for such a great recipe! Your pictures are great!

November 20th, 2011 — 5:58pm  |  Reply

Brittany said:

I made these and am happy to say this recipe even works with gluten free crescent rolls. The dough doesn’t stretch as much so i had to add a little less of the filling but they were still delicious. I will definitely be making these again!

November 21st, 2011 — 6:58pm  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

Hi there–these look awesome. Going to make them tomorrow night! Just wondering, are these 5 ww points plus per pocket? Thanks!

January 11th, 2012 — 10:21pm  |  Reply

Tina said:

These look delicious. I’m going to have to try these. Do you think these freeze well? I’m starting to do some freezer cooking for breakfast and lunch and these would be awesome to just pull out and pop in the microwave or toaster oven.

BTW, I’m so glad I found your site. Thanks.

January 16th, 2012 — 1:41pm  |  Reply

Ashleigh said:

I messed up the recipe, but it still turned out excellent! I didn’t read the enchilada sauce directions so I cooked the chicken almost all the way through and then added the enchilada seasoning, tomato soup, and water. I let the chicken marinate in it and then decided I would try adding a can of corn also- seeing that my creation was going to be way to runny to put in the crescent rolls I decided to add the cream cheese & cheese directly to the pan and it turned out almost like a creamy chicken tortilla soup! With the extra I made some rice and poured the sauce over the top- both were awesome! I would say that is a great mistake! :)

January 18th, 2012 — 8:14pm  |  Reply

Diana said:

I made these last night and they were great! We reheated them for snacks during the Superbowl today and they reheated very well.

February 5th, 2012 — 7:05pm  |  Reply

emily said:

I also would appreciate the printable version of the recipe… I pinned this recipe to pinterest, and I love the easy accessibility that that website provides, but I like having the actual paper to shop from, cross off, spill on (!), whatever! Thanks so much for these great recipes… I want to try them ALL :-)
PS- I’d totally buy a cookbook as well!

February 16th, 2012 — 7:59am  |  Reply

Kara said:

Love this recipe.

I just made it for the second time—but I subbed in Frank’s Red Hot for enchilada sauce and ranch dressing mix for the taco seasoning and made buffalo chicken pockets. They were amazing. :)

March 5th, 2012 — 7:37pm  |  Reply

Janelle said:

I’ve got to say, I’ll be visiting this website OFTEN! My husband and I started Weight Watchers 2 weeks ago and he’s already down 10 lbs and I’m down 7. I made your skinny chocolate chunk muffins (found via pinterest) for a family gathering yesterday and they were gone almost immediately. Even the kids liked them! I had to show everyone the recipe b/c no one believed they were so few points.

I made these pockets for dinner tonight for my husband, and we already can’t wait until lunch tomorrow where we can eat the leftovers. I love the previous commenters idea of buffalo chicken pockets, too. I had a bit of trouble rolling them into pockets (that’s a lot of filling!), but even though a bit seeped out while cooking, they were still super good.

Thanks for posting so many amazing recipes. My only hope is that I don’t go too crazy with your desserts- they look awesome. :)

April 22nd, 2012 — 5:26pm  |  Reply

Erin said:

Mmm these were SOOOO good. I love them. Easy, fast, and when I am out of crescent rolls I used tortillas!!! Thank you! :)

May 7th, 2012 — 5:49pm  |  Reply

Phyllis said:

I made these yesterday. VERY good. I even had leftovers today heated in the toaster oven. I will be making these again!

June 18th, 2012 — 12:14am  |  Reply

Stephanie Royall said:

I made these last night and they were amazing!!!! My husband loved them and didn’t even care that they were healthy.

June 22nd, 2012 — 1:11pm  |  Reply

Erin said:

Do you think I could freeze the leftover filling? Thanks!!

April 24th, 2013 — 9:09pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

for sure!

April 25th, 2013 — 10:07am  | 

Barbara Johnson said:

We had these for our Cinco de Mayo meal alonge with the cauliflower mac & cheese. YUM! My husband LOVES these! Last time I fixed them he took the leftovers for his lunch the next day which is a treat compared to the usual sandwich he gets!

May 5th, 2013 — 3:52pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much anne marie! :) that means a lot to me! :)

May 7th, 2011 — 8:55pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

awesome! thanks chelsea! :)

May 9th, 2011 — 6:23am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

yeahhhhh! thanks for the support marissa! :)

May 11th, 2011 — 5:41am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

aww thank you so much lisa! :) and it’s my pleasure! :)

May 12th, 2011 — 4:47am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks for sharing desiree! :) these are the comments that mean the most to me! (when people come back to tell how they like the food after they have made it!)

May 12th, 2011 — 4:47am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

wow….what a blessing…thank you so much brittanie! :) have fun with your parents!!! :)

May 12th, 2011 — 4:48am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

lisa…180 per pocket…but they are VERY filling..i only ate 2 and was stuffed with a side salad with it! :)

May 17th, 2011 — 3:07am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thank you so very much Jessica! This is so wonderful and encouraging to hear! :)

June 3rd, 2011 — 5:56am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

great idea and modifications in a squeeze melissa! :) thanks for the wonderful feedback!!

July 9th, 2011 — 9:11am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

what a blessing karli! thank you so much for this wonderful comment! :) you are too sweet, and what a blessing to have twins!!! i hope you enjoy the recipes, and your new babies! xo

September 28th, 2011 — 3:03pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

yes stephanie, they are, and trust me they are sooo worth it! :) very filling too! i usually have them with a salad

January 12th, 2012 — 5:59am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

they sure would tina! :) the toaster oven would be a great re-heating method!

January 16th, 2012 — 1:48pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

will be making recipes printable soon! :)

February 16th, 2012 — 11:27am  |  Reply

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