Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole

Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole

This easy Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole only requires 5 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to prepare! The buttery, flaky crescent rolls are filled with chicken and cheese and topped with a cheesy sauce. Serve broccoli or other vegetables on the side, or add them to the dish.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • This chicken crescent casserole is a crowd-pleaser that uses up leftover chicken!
  • This chicken crescent roll casserole is a filling main course that will please the whole family!
  • Casseroles are ideal for a quick weeknight meal.
  • I think of it as a base to which you can add any of your family’s favorite ingredients. Stir in broccoli or green beans, add a layer of rice on the bottom, or add extra flavor with fresh herbs or pantry spices. The possibilities are limitless!
  • If you have leftover chicken from another meal, a rotisserie chicken from the store, or alone chicken breast in the freezer, this crescent roll chicken casserole is a great way to stretch a small amount of meat to feed a family.
Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole
Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole

What Is A Crescent Roll?

Crescent rolls are flaky crescent-shaped rolls made with refined flour and usually filled with cream or fruit. Some believe that crescent-shaped bread and cakes resembling the often-worshipped moon have been made since the beginning of time.

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

This is just a list of the 5 basic ingredients for the crescent roll chicken casserole recipe. As always, the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post includes precise measurements and detailed cooking instructions.

  • Refrigerated crescent roll dough: I prefer the Pillsbury brand, which can be found in almost any grocery store’s refrigerated section.
  • Chicken: For this recipe, you’ll need about 1 cup of cooked, finely diced chicken. You can use a rotisserie chicken from the store, other pre-cooked chicken strips (such as Perdue Shortcuts), leftovers from a previous meal, or even canned chicken. If you prefer to cook your chicken, boil 1 chicken breast until fully cooked (about 15 minutes).
  • Grated cheese: I like extra sharp cheddar, but any good melting cheese will do. Swiss, American, Monterey Jack, Colby, Gouda, and mozzarella are all good options.
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup: I prefer Campbell’s “Healthy Request” line because it contains less sodium, but any variety will suffice. You can also use another flavor of condensed soup, such as cream of mushroom or cream of celery, as a substitute.
  • To thin the soup, use milk, water, or low sodium chicken broth: Because the condensed soup is already very salty, you don’t want to add much more salt with a salty broth.

Quick Tip: In case you’re wondering how long it will take to prepare chicken at home for this delicious recipe, you can find that information in our previous post on How Long To Bake A Whole Chicken At 375.

What kind of cheese goes with chicken?

Chicken and cheese go well together, and the type of cheese you use depends on the dish. I used sharp cheddar cheese for this dish because I wanted a strong cheese flavor. You could also use Parmesan, gruyere, or milder cheeses like mild cheddar, mozzarella, and cream cheese with chicken. The best cheese to use is entirely dependent on the dish you’re making and your personal preferences.

Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole
Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole

How Long To Cook A Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole?

A meat thermometer reading of 165°F should be read after 10 to 17 minutes when baking the Crescent Roll Casserole. The Crescent Roll Casserole needs to be allowed to cool for 30 minutes before being stored.

How To Make Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole?

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish lightly (or a larger dish if you plan to add some extra veggies to the pan as well). Place aside.
  2. Toss the chicken with 1/4 cup of grated cheese in a small bowl. It’s optional, but at this point, you can add any herbs or seasonings you want (for instance garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, thyme, basil, oregano, or chives).
  3. Divide the crescent roll dough into 8 triangles. Fill each crescent roll with about 1-2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture. Roll the dough into crescent rolls and place one at the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until the crescent rolls’ tops and bottoms are golden brown and the rolls are cooked through.
  5. While the rolls are baking, combine the chicken broth, condensed soup, and the remaining 3/4 cup grated cheese in a saucepan over low heat. Just until the cheese melts, whisk constantly. Remove from the heat before the sauce begins to boil.
  6. Once the crescent rolls are browned and cooked through, slowly and carefully pour the cheese sauce over and around the rolls – depending on the size of your dish, you may not need all of the sauce. I like to use just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the dish and come up slightly on the sides of the rolls (you don’t want them completely submerged).
  7. Return the dish to the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until everything is hot and bubbly.
  8. If desired, garnish with fresh parsley and serve!

Recipe Tips

  • Include vegetables: If you prefer a casserole with veggies mixed right in, feel free to add steamed broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper, green beans, peas, frozen mixed vegetables, or any other vegetables your family enjoys. There’s enough cheese sauce to go around! I suggest sautéing, steaming, or parboiling the vegetables ahead of time and then adding them to the dish after the crescent rolls have baked (before you pour on the sauce).
  • If you want to add vegetables to the pan: use a larger dish to accommodate the extra ingredients. Use a baking dish that measures 11 x 7 inches.
  • Season: your chicken mixture (or sauce) to taste with your favorite herbs and spices. Onion powder, garlic powder, basil, parsley, thyme, and oregano are all good choices.
  • Because the condensed soup is already very salty: I recommend thinning the sauce with milk, water, or low-sodium chicken broth. You may not need all of the sauce in the pan, so add it slowly until it’s just right.

Recipe Variations

  • This recipe calls for condensed cream of chicken soup: but you can substitute any flavor of soup you like. Both condensed cream of mushroom soup and condensed cream of celery soup would work well as well.
  • Chicken Crescent Rolls with Sour Cream: Add sour cream or softened cream cheese to the chicken mixture for a creamy filling in your crescent rolls.
  • Canned Chicken Crescent Rolls: 1 cup of cooked, diced chicken is required for this recipe. You can use canned chicken, rotisserie chicken, or pre-cooked chicken from the store (such as Perdue ShortCuts or Tyson Grilled n’ Ready). If you have the time, you can also cook your chicken for this recipe. . Leftover chicken from a previous meal is also delicious!
  • I used extra sharp cheddar cheese: but you can use any good melting cheese in its place. Swiss, American, Monterey Jack, Colby, Gouda, and mozzarella are all good options.

Can You Make This Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole Ahead?

Absolutely! This Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole reheats easily in the oven or microwave. The oven will crisp up the crescents more than the microwave, but it depends on what you’re reheating them for.

If the kids are grabbing them from the fridge for a quick snack or lunch, pop a few in the microwave for about a minute. Alternatively, if you’re reheating a large batch for dinner or appetizers, the oven is the way to go.

Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole
Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole

What To Serve With Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole?

This filling main course pairs well with a side salad or vegetables on the side, such as steamed carrots, peas, or green beans.

How To Store Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole?

In The Fridge:

Leftover Crockpot Chicken Casserole may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days after baking.

In The Freezer:

Crockpot Chicken Casserole leftovers can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

How To Reheat Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole In The Oven?

Cover your dish with foil and bake your Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole in a 350°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until heated through. Do not place cold glass casserole dishes straight into a hot oven to avoid breaking the glass. Allow the dish to reach room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes once baking.

How To Reheat Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole In Microwave?

The microwave is ideal for heating up pre-portioned portions. Place your Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole serving in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 5-8 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

How To Reheat Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole In Air Fryer?

If you have any Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole left over from the previous night, you can crisp it up in the air fryer for three to four minutes at a temperature between 350 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

What Can Be Substituted For Crescent Roll?

  • Lower-Fat Rolls: If you can’t bear the thought of giving up crescent rolls, go for the low-fat variety. One reduced-fat crescent roll contains about 4 grams of total fat, 1.5 grams of which are saturated (or 7% of your daily limit). Saturated fat-free diets can lower your risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. A reduced-fat crescent roll has 90 calories compared to a traditional roll’s 100 calories. Reduced-fat crescent rolls should still be consumed in moderation because they contain 220 milligrams of sodium, which is 9% of your daily sodium limit.
  • Bread: Whole-wheat bread contains more fiber than crescent rolls, which lack this essential nutrient. Consuming plenty of fiber can help you avoid constipation, heart disease, and diabetes. According to MayoClinic.com, women require between 21 and 25 grams of fiber per day, while men require between 30 and 38 grams. A whole-wheat or rye bread slice contains 1.9 grams of fiber. 2.1 grams of fiber are contained in one small whole-wheat pita or small dinner roll. To get a healthy dose of iron, look for enriched or fortified bread products.
  • Tortillas: A tortilla is a healthy crescent roll substitute that goes especially well with Mexican and Spanish dishes like tamales and huevos rancheros. One medium flour tortilla has 90 calories, 2 g of fat, and 2.4 g of protein. Look for enriched-flour tortillas, which have added calcium and iron for strong bones and an immune system. Certain flour tortilla brands also contain folate, a B vitamin that aids in the prevention of birth defects. A corn tortilla has 52 calories and less than 1 gram of fat and is low in sodium. One corn tortilla contains 1.5 grams of fiber, 1.48 grams of protein, and 0.30 milligrams of iron.
  • Additional Grains: Brown rice can be used in place of the crescent roll. Brown rice has 1.76 grams of fat, 5.03 grams of protein, and 3.5 grams of fiber per cup. Brown rice contains iron, zinc, as well as trace amounts of folate and vitamin E. Quinoa is another health supplement. One cup of cooked quinoa has 3.55 g of fat, 8.14 g of protein, and 5.2 g of fiber. Quinoa also contains potassium, iron, and zinc. Bulgur, couscous, oatmeal, lentils, whole-wheat pasta, and beans are other nutrient-dense crescent roll substitutes that are lower in fat and sodium.

What is the difference between croissants and crescent rolls?

Both are very similar, but croissants have puff pastry dough that makes them extra flaky. Crescent rolls have the texture of a homemade roll.

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FAQ Section

Why is it called a crescent roll?

Croissants are named after their historical crescent shape; the dough is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times, then rolled into a thin sheet using a technique known as laminating. The finished product has a layered, flaky texture similar to puff pastry.

Are croissants healthy?

Although croissants are not considered nutrient-dense food (and some may even call them “empty calories”), they can be included in a healthy diet if consumed in moderation. Empty calorie foods provide energy primarily in the form of added sugar and unhealthy solid fats such as saturated fat or trans fat.

Does covering a casserole make it cook faster?

Covering a casserole allows it to cook evenly, stay moist, and avoid burning. Uncovering aids in browning, crisping, and allowing steam to escape.

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Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories 161.4
  • Total Fat 8.6g
  • Saturated Fat 4.3g
  • Cholesterol 41.5mg
  • Sodium 526.6mg
  • Potassium 108.6mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.3g
  • Sugars 1.9g
  • Protein 12.9g
  • Vitamin A 5.0%
  • Vitamin C 1.2%
  • Calcium 14.3%
  • Iron 3.7%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 17 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 27 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

This easy Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole only requires 5 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to prepare! The buttery, flaky crescent rolls are filled with chicken and cheese and topped with a cheesy sauce. Serve broccoli or other vegetables on the side, or add them to the dish.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish lightly (or a larger dish if you plan to add some extra veggies to the pan as well). Place aside.
  2. Toss the chicken with 1/4 cup of grated cheese in a small bowl. It’s optional, but at this point, you can add any herbs or seasonings you want (for instance garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, thyme, basil, oregano, or chives).
  3. Divide the crescent roll dough into 8 triangles. Fill each crescent roll with about 1-2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture. Roll the dough into crescent rolls and place one at the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until the crescent rolls’ tops and bottoms are golden brown and the rolls are cooked through.
  5. While the rolls are baking, combine the chicken broth, condensed soup, and the remaining 3/4 cup grated cheese in a saucepan over low heat. Just until the cheese melts, whisk constantly. Remove from the heat before the sauce begins to boil.
  6. Once the crescent rolls are browned and cooked through, slowly and carefully pour the cheese sauce over and around the rolls – depending on the size of your dish, you may not need all of the sauce. I like to use just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the dish and come up slightly on the sides of the rolls (you don’t want them completely submerged).
  7. Return the dish to the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until everything is hot and bubbly.
  8. If desired, garnish with fresh parsley and serve!

Notes

  • Include vegetables: If you prefer a casserole with veggies mixed right in, feel free to add steamed broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper, green beans, peas, frozen mixed vegetables, or any other vegetables your family enjoys. There’s enough cheese sauce to go around! I suggest sautéing, steaming, or parboiling the vegetables ahead of time and then adding them to the dish after the crescent rolls have baked (before you pour on the sauce).
  • If you want to add vegetables to the pan: use a larger dish to accommodate the extra ingredients. Use a baking dish that measures 11 x 7 inches.
  • Season: your chicken mixture (or sauce) to taste with your favorite herbs and spices. Onion powder, garlic powder, basil, parsley, thyme, and oregano are all good choices.
  • Because the condensed soup is already very salty: I recommend thinning the sauce with milk, water, or low-sodium chicken broth. You may not need all of the sauce in the pan, so add it slowly until it’s just right.
  • Recipe Variations:
  • This recipe calls for condensed cream of chicken soup: but you can substitute any flavor of soup you like. Both condensed cream of mushroom soup and condensed cream of celery soup would work well as well.
  • Chicken Crescent Rolls with Sour Cream: Add sour cream or softened cream cheese to the chicken mixture for a creamy filling in your crescent rolls.
  • Canned Chicken Crescent Rolls: 1 cup of cooked, diced chicken is required for this recipe. You can use canned chicken, rotisserie chicken, or pre-cooked chicken from the store (such as Perdue ShortCuts or Tyson Grilled n’ Ready). If you have the time, you can also cook your chicken for this recipe. . Leftover chicken from a previous meal is also delicious!
  • I used extra sharp cheddar cheese: but you can use any good melting cheese in its place. Swiss, American, Monterey Jack, Colby, Gouda, and mozzarella are all good options.
Nutrition Facts

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 161.4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.6g14%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Cholesterol 41.5mg14%
Sodium 526.6mg22%
Potassium 108.6mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 4.8g2%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g2%
Sugars 1.9g
Protein 12.9g26%

Vitamin A 5.0%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 14.3%
Iron 3.7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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