When I get hungry, I get reaaaaaaal hungry.
I think “hangry” is the appropriate term. And when I’ve reached hangry level, I need to get food in my belly as soon as possible or else... well, it’s not a pretty sight, that’s what.
My friends and family know this well. My maid of honor even alluded to it in her speech at my wedding, warning my brand-new husband that if snacks are not packed for a road trip, it could be a long drive (true story). In the years since, my husband and I have learned to meal plan with my inner hangry monster in mind (and his, too). On any given day we have cheap, easy and above all, QUICK meals we can throw together at the end of a long day. That’s where these super scrumptious Chicken Kiev and Kale Pockets come in.
Oh mah lawd, are these babies ever good. Herby butter is slathered on crescent rolls then topped with cheddar cheese, garlicky kale and shredded rotisserie chicken. It’s all baked up to golden brown and melty goodness -- and the whole shebang takes less than a half-hour. Hangryness, be gone!
First, gather your ingredients. The last thing a hangry guy or gal needs is to find out he or she is missing an ingredient!
Sauté the kale in a large skillet with some oil and garlic until soft and fully wilted. Toss it with lemon juice, salt and pepper and set aside.
For the “kiev”-iness of these pockets, let’s make some herby butter! Chives and parsley and dill round out the herb flavoring of this recipe. You want a lot of herbs so the flavor comes through, so the butter will be more of a paste-like consistency than normal. This is cool and totally recommended.
Unroll the crescents on your prepared baking sheets and divide each can into four rectangles. Pinch the ends to seal, then slather on the butter, sprinkle on the cheese and top with some kale and shredded rotisserie chicken.
Fold over the crescents into pockets, pressing the ends with fork tines to seal. Poke a few holes in the top, too, so steam can escape during baking.
Bake up those babies until they’re golden brown. YUM. Hold me.
That’s all, folks! You, your tummy and your inner hangry monster will be so happy.
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