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Chicken Puffs Recipe: Enchilada Style

An amazing Mexican and American cuisine fusion meal perfect for family dinner! Packs a ton of flavor all wrapped in buttery crescent rolls and topped with cheese. Add your favorite fixings for a perfect finish.


This Chicken Puffs Recipe: Enchilada Style is the best Mexican and American food fusion dinner recipe! Mexican flavors all wrapped in Pillsbury crescent rolls and topped with cheese! Top with your favorite salsa, guacamole or sour cream to finish it off! The perfect combo for an amazing easy family meal! #MexicanFood #crescentrolls #dinnerideas #dinenrrecipes #easymealideas

This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes I make! It is also one of the not so pretty ones, but that is okay because what these lack in beauty they make up for in flavor! This chicken puffs recipe has changed and evolved through the years and grown along with my tastes. It is also versatile and can be made vegetarian, so this is a 2 for 1 recipe. This is a very simple meal that is perfect for the entire family for dinner. Bonus is that this makes a large amount so you will have leftovers all week! I hope you love this ugly ( but delicious) Chicken Puffs Recipe: Enchilada Style!

The Evolution of The Chicken Puffs Recipe

Out of all the recipes I make, I think this one has changed the most through the years. The recipe was never bad, but this chicken puff recipe grew up some! When I first started making this recipe years ago it only had 3 ingredients: crescent rolls, cheese, and cooked chicken. This makes perfect sense since I was an extremely picky eater in the past. After awhile I started to get more creative and started to experiment with more of my recipes. The next version of the chicken puffs recipe started to resemble more of what is is today. I began to add in the Mexican flavors including, the enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, and green chilies. This version was wonderful but I felt like something was still missing.

Finally, I created what is the current chicken puffs recipe. I added in black beans, corn, and tomatoes to the filling and started to top them with a variety of different things. For example, guacamole, cilantro, lime juice, sour cream, and salsa. This is the version that has stood the test of time for my family! The only change I currently make is whether I put chicken in or leave it vegetarian. Which is also a great option!

Close up forty five degree angel shot of chicken puffs recipe. The puff is on a white plate with a braided boarder and has a silver spoon on the right side. There is a second plate blurred in the distance. On the right side is a blue and white pin striped cloth. All this is on a dark blue counter.

Make It Vegetarian!

Some of my favorite types of recipes are versatile ones. I love this recipe because it can be tweaked and changed to fit a large variety of tastes and needs! This recipe has changed so much through the years and is still changing! One thing I love to do is make this chicken puff recipe…minus the chicken. I know it is going completely against the title, but this recipe is really a 2 for 1! I know a lot of people, myself included, do not like to consume meat at every meal or even every day. Personally, I like to stick to 1-3 meat meals a week! I love that this recipe can be made with or without meat and still stay delicious! My husband, Steven, is the carnivore in the family and doesn’t even notice when the chicken is missing (seriously he has no clue).

-This For That-

To achieve the vegetarian version of the chicken puff recipe you will need to make a few simple adjustments. First add another cup of black means. This will give the recipe some extra protein, and make the texture less mushy! Next, add another half cup of tomatoes. This I just like to do because I love tomatoes, and any excuse to add some more I am all about! Finally add less enchilada sauce. I think they turn out best if you add about half a cup instead of three-fourths. This again is to make the texture less runny and make it so the puff hold their shape. That is it! No chicken. More Veggies. Less Liquid.

Another reason I love the vegetarian version of this chicken puffs recipe is because it is easier for my son to eat. For a long time my son only had four teeth. This made eating meat difficult. Leaving the meat out makes it easier for the littles to gum. Less tearing required. Therefore, if you are making this recipe with a toddler in mind it may be better to leave the meat out anyway!

Close up shot of puff on a white plate with silver fork.

Assembly Line

This recipe is wonderful because the prep work is super simple. Measure out all of your ingredients and place them in a large bowl. Then mash and stir until combined. The only potential time consuming part of this recipe is filling the puffs themselves. I will start by saying it is okay if these get a little messy. This is not a pretty food.

I actually made this recipe multiple times trying to make it look prettier for this post, because I kept scrapping the photos. Each time I felt the same way: this recipe is so tasty, but so ugly. Honestly. I still feel like the pictures do not do this chicken puff recipe justice! Finally, I gave in and said that this recipe is one that will never be super pretty, but it will be delicious! So do not stress about getting all the seems to close perfectly! That being said, I have found a few tricks along the way that help make things easy!


First, keep the crescent roll dough in the fridge until the last second. I have found that if the dough is out at room temperature the dough gets really hard to work with. The dough gets sticky, tears easily and does not want to stay when pinched. So work in small batches one can of crescent rolls at a time to save yourself a big mess! I also find that the Pillsbury crescent rolls work the best. I am a big believer in off brands, but every off brand crescent roll I have used tears so easily! Save yourself the hassle and splurge for the little dough boy.


Second, don’t over fill them! I still make this mistake often! I have found that the less is more and about 2 heaping tbsps work best. If you overfill them you will have a good amount seeping out. This won’t affect the flavor, but it will make your hands a mess. They will also not puff up as much. Instead they will expand more. Again, this will have no affect on the flavor, but the round puffy chicken puffs are prettier!


Finally, get the perfect fold. Personally, I like to fold this chicken puff recipe up similar to a crab rangoon. First, I take two crescent triangles and pinch them together to form a rectangle. Then I put the filling in the center then fold opposite corners up to meet in the middle and pinch them together. Finally, I pinch the sides together the best I can so non of the filling is showing. Another way to fold them is to create a rectangle again, then place then mix in the center. Then fold the crescent roll over itself making a triangle and pinching the sides closed. Both methods work great and it is all about what you prefer! *Check out the recipe video below to watch how I fold this chicken puff recipe!

-Time Saver Tip-

This recipe is great, because it is very simple to prep. I love that I can toss everything into one large bowl and mix it with a fork. No mixer or special tools required! If you want to cut down on prep time even further used leftover chicken breast or store bought rotisserie chicken. Often times I will make the chicken breast the night before if I have the oven on and shred in the next day. Alternatively, I will buy a rotisserie chicken from the store and just shred up some of the chicken and save the rest for another recipe! There are some time saving tips that I find make this recipe even simpler!

a close up over head shot of the chicken puff recipe. There is one puff on a white braided edge plate in the center. On the top is a white cloth with a blue striped one underneath. There is a silver fork on the side of the plate. On the bottom left you can see a small amount of the second white plate. This is all on a dark gray counter top.

Most Requested Meal

Out of all the meals I prepare, this chicken puff recipe is my husband’s favorite. He requests it for his birthday, holidays, and any day of the week. This was one of the first meals I made for him when we started dating. Maybe this recipe is why he liked me so much! I still find it hilarious that through nearly seven years of being together and so many “better” dishes this is the one he wants all the time!

Now, we get to share this meal with our son who also loves it. Therefore, I am probably not seeing the requests for this chicken puff recipe ending anytime soon. And I am perfectly okay with that, because who am I kidding I could eat them daily as well! I like to serve this meal with a side of Mexican style rice, grilled veggies, or even just some chips and salsa. I hope you enjoy this Chicken Puffs Recipe: Enchilada Style!

Happy Eating!

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Chicken Puffs Recipe: Enchilada Style


Chicken Enchilada Puffs

The best combination of Mexican flavors and American style food! Delicious, and simple weeknight dinner that will become your family's new favorite!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, chicken enchilada puffs, enchilada
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 326kcal
Author: caitlyn


  • 1 Medium Cooked Chicken Breast Shredded
  • 2 Tbsp Diced Green Chilies
  • 3/4 Cup Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Corn Rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Black Beans Rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Store Bought Mix
  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Mexican or Pepper jack Cheese
  • 8 Oz Cream Cheese
  • 3 8 Oz Cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Optional Toppings

  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream (or Plain Greek Yogurt)
  • Guacamole
  • Lime Juice
  • Fresh Cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Combine all ingredients except the crescent rolls and half a cup of the shredded cheese into a large bowl. Stir and mash the mixture together until it is evenly combined. Set aside.
  • Take two crescent triangles and place them together to form a rectangle. Pinch the seam with your fingers to close it tight. Place about 2 heaping tbsp of the mixture in the center of the crescent rolls. 
  • Fold opposite corners up to meet each other and pinch them together. Repeat with the other two corners. Then pinch the sides together to close the crescent roll.* Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet leaving at least an inch in between each puff because they will expand.  Repeat until all the crescent rolls are filled.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the puffs with the remaining cheese and bake on the center rack for 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  • Serve warm with your favorite salsa, sour cream, or guacamole! Enjoy!



*It is okay if some of the mix seeps out of the crescent rolls! It can get a little messy sometimes, but they will still taste delicious!
*I find it helpful to leave the crescent rolls in the fridge until the last minute. If they are at room temp they get sticky and hard to work with.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Enchilada Puffs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.6g 32%
Saturated Fat 9.9g 50%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 691mg 29%
Potassium 94mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 26.3g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 6.7g
Protein 9.9g 20%
Calcium 4%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.3g | Protein: 9.9g | Fat: 20.6g | Saturated Fat: 9.9g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 6.7g | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 7%
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Pin for Chicken Puffs Recipe Enchilada Style. The pin has two photos one on top and one on the bottom. In the middle is the words "Chicken Puffs Enchilada Style in black and white text" The bottom photo is a puff on a white plate with a white and blue cloth next to it. The top photo is of the same puff but farther out with a blurred out serving tray of more puffs on the left side of the frame.


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  • Reply
    October 5, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Oh, this looks delicious. I bet the flavor is bold, but good. I think my son will love these.

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Yes! They have a lot of flavor, my son loves them!

  • Reply
    October 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    So creative! Love that its chicken enchilada!! We would eat these up!!!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks! We love them!

  • Reply
    Lisa Bryan
    October 5, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    What a creative recipe and it sounds amazing! I love any recipe that’s got a Mexican spin to it. 🙂

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      SAME! My fav flavors!

  • Reply
    October 5, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    these look amazing! I love how puffy and crispy they look, totally making me drool!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Yes the crispy outside is my fav!

  • Reply
    October 5, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Oh I love the make-ahead approach with the filling for this recipe. It’s a total timesaver and I’m sure it makes the flavor even better! Great game day recipe too! Just pinned and adding to my collection 🙂

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 6, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Yes! It makes things super simple!

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