Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs

Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs – Great recipe for a quick lunch, dinner, or party appetizer. Only 5 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes! Chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing baked in puff pastry. SO good! Can make ahead and freeze for later. We love to serve these with some coleslaw and extra ranch dressing for dipping. YUM!

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Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Appetizers

New favorite alert! Stop what you are doing and add these Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs to your menu. They are super easy to make with only 5 ingredients and they are ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Chicken, cheddar, bacon, and ranch baked in puff pastry. O-M-YUM! These little sandwiches are great for parties and quick lunch or dinner. Dip them in some extra ranch dressing and enjoy!  I am making a batch this weekend to put up for the Super Bowl next weekend. LOVE easy make-ahead recipes like this one!!

What does Crack mean?

If a recipe has crack in the title it means that it has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the recipe. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck. The flavor combination is amazing. These crack chicken puff pastry bites are no exception. I’m obsessed!

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How to Make Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs

These chicken bites are super easy to make. Start with thawing the puff pastry sheets. While the pastry sheet is thawing, make the chicken mixture. In a medium bowl, combine cooked chopped chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, cooked chopped bacon, and ranch dressing. Cut each piece of puff pastry dough into 9 squares. Top each square with the chicken mixture on the diagonal and bring the edges together. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Beat an egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk. Brush the pastries with the egg wash and bake until golden brown. Garnish the baked puffs with some dried parsley and serve.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I used rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken. You can use any cooked chicken that you have on hand. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, tenderloins will all work fine.
  • I use precooked bacon in this recipe. If you want to cooked and crumble your own bacon, you will need about 8 ounces of bacon to equal a ½ cup of chopped cooked bacon.
  • Here is the recipe for our Copycat Outback Ranch Dressinghttps://www.plainchicken.com/copycat-outback-ranch-dressing/
  • To keep the edges together during cooking:
    • Don’t overfill the puff pastry squares.
    • Wet the edges of the puff pastry with water to help seal the pastry dough edges together.
    • You can use toothpicks to help keep the edges together while baking.
    • If the puff pastry does open up during cooking, don’t panic. As soon as you take them out of the oven, gently press the edges together and they will stay together just fine after cooling. I had to do that with some of the puffs in this batch.
  • Feel free to add some onion, spinach, or broccoli to the chicken mixture.
  • Can Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the pastry puff ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • Can Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs be frozen? Yes! You can assemble the pastry puff ahead of time and freeze them unbaked for later. To bake after freezing, simply add a few minutes to the cooking time below.
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What to Serve with Chicken Puff Pastry Bites

These chicken puff pastries were a huge hit at our house. They are so simple and taste great!  They go great with a big bowl of soup, some coleslaw, french fries, or pasta salad. These also make a great addition to your tailgates, football parties, and holiday parties. Here are a few more of our favorite party foods that go great with these yummy sandwiches:

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Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs

Yield: 18 puffs
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs – Great recipe for a quick lunch, dinner, or party appetizer. Only 5 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes! Chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing baked in puff pastry. SO good! Can make ahead and freeze for later. We love to serve these with some coleslaw and extra ranch dressing for dipping. YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (17.3-oz) package puff pastry, defrosted
  • cups cooked chopped chicken
  • ½ cup cooked chopped bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • cup prepared ranch dressing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Unfold pastry sheets. Cut each sheet into 9 squares for a total of 18 squares.
  • Combine chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and ranch. Arrange chicken mixture diagonally down the center of the pastry squares.
  • Fold two opposite corners of each square over the filling and press edges to seal. Place on baking sheet.
  • Beat egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk. Brush the pastries with the egg wash.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes:

  • I used rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken. You can use any cooked chicken that you have on hand. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, tenderloins will all work fine.
  • I use precooked bacon in this recipe. If you want to cooked and crumble your own bacon, you will need about 8 ounces of bacon to equal a ½ cup of chopped cooked bacon.
  • Here is the recipe for our Copycat Outback Ranch Dressing: https://www.plainchicken.com/copycat-outback-ranch-dressing/
  • To keep the edges together during cooking:
    • Don’t overfill the puff pastry squares.
    • Wet the edges of the puff pastry with water to help seal the pastry dough edges together.
    • You can use toothpicks to help keep the edges together while baking.
    • If the puff pastry does open up during cooking, don’t panic. As soon as you take them out of the oven, gently press the edges together and they will stay together just fine after cooling. I had to do that with some of the puffs in this batch.
  • Feel free to add some onion, spinach, or broccoli to the chicken mixture.
  • Can Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the pastry puff ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • Can Crack Chicken Pastry Puffs be frozen? Yes! You can assemble the pastry puff ahead of time and freeze them unbaked for later. To bake after freezing, simply add a few minutes to the cooking time below.

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