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15 Minute Dinner: Chicken And Vegetable Gravy Over Puff Toast


Good Wednesday night everyone.

The things you see at McDonalds these days… It was half day at school today so I told the boys we could go have lunch and play at McDonalds (I know, it’s gross, but I will admit we go occasionally). As we were walking towards the door, I watched this teenage boy follow a Mom to the door as she was leaving and said, “What the bleepity bleep are you looking at?” That’s all it took for this Mom to lose it and she starts back at him in even worse language! Mind you, my children and I are standing there waiting to go through the door. I was stunned. It was the middle of the day and so uncalled for. They finally walked away with more degrading language. Get a life people! I thought fried fatty foods made people happy?! My boys certainly got an earful. Luckily they just raced toward the play area and forgot about it.

So, onto dinner. It’s hard to beat a 15 minute dinner. I remember as a kid eating chicken gravy over toast quite often and I loved it. It is easy and delicious. For the boys, I cut the pastry into little squares, then poured the chicken gravy over top in their bowls. No complaints what so ever. If you want to get fancy, garnish your plates with a sprig of rosemary and call it a night!

Chicken And Vegetable Gravy Over Puff Toast

1 sheet thawed puff pastry

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 Cup milk (I used skim and it was fine)

1 can chunk chicken, drained (from Costco)

1 can drained mixed vegetables

¼ teaspoon cajun seasoning (I use Emerils)

Pinch of salt and pepper

Pinch of garlic salt

Rosemary Sprigs for garnish, if desired

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Carefully unfold pastry onto a lightly floured counter. Cut into 9 equal size squares and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.

2. While pastry is baking, whisk together the soup and milk in a large bowl then transfer to a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, vegetables and seasonings. Break up chicken pieces with back of fork. Cook and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.

3. Place puff pastry squares on serving plates and spoon chicken gravy over top. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary if desired.

8 servings

Let’s End on a Sweet Note!


Since dinner only takes 15 minutes, you’ve got plenty of time to make dessert. Try these fun sweet and salty turtle cookie bars. They are incredible and look great wrapped up with a bow. Enjoy!

Sweet and Salty Turtle Cookie Bars

2 sticks softened butter

3/4 Cup sugar

3/4 Cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanillla

2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 Cups chocolate chips

3/4 Cup caramel ice cream topping

1/2 Cup chopped pretzel sticks

1/2 Cup ground walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla until well combined. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and slowly add to wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.

2. Spray a 11×7 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Press 1/2 of the cookie dough into the bottom of the dish. Drizzle caramel sauce over dough then sprinkle with pretzels and walnuts. With a cookie scoop, scoop the remaining cookie dough evenly over top of pretzels and nuts. Press down slightly, should look uneven. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until cookies just start to turn golden on the edges. Remove and let cool completely before cutting into squares.

12 bars

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Have a great rest of the week! See you all soon!

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  1. 51
    Katherine Aucoin says:

    These look yummy… I didn’t know puff pastry could be so versitile!

  2. 52
    alexandra's kitchen says:

    Some of my happiest childhood memories revolve around the McDonald’s playground! not gross at all.

    these sweet-salty treats look incredible!

  3. 53
    HoneyB says:

    yumm. I would call it deconstructed chicken pot pie! he he.

    Its too bad people have to use language like that in a public place. SHAME on them!

  4. 54
    Satisfying my Sweet Tooth says:

    how sad that some people are so disrespectful these days! I love you dinner idea though…it’s almost like chicken pot pie which is one of my favorite things! And I love your dessert too. I have been trying to think of something with brownie and pretzels so I may just get creative with something similar this weekend in preparation for Brownie Week coming soon to my blog!

  5. 55
    Jenny says:

    Hi Katherine,
    I know, now I want to use puff pastry in everything!

    Too funny Alexandra,
    I grew up eating and playing at Micky D’s as well, there’s no harm every now and then!

    Hi Shelby,
    You are right, very similar, and it tastes like it too.

    Satisfying my sweet tooth,
    Can’t wait for your brownie week!

  6. 56
    The Blonde Duck says:

    I love that chicken puff pastry dish. And I happen to have one in the freezer! Hooray!

  7. 57
    lemontartlet says:

    Chicken gravy on toast was the best ever, and then you made these. They look tasty, and this is exactlly the sort of thing I love! And those folk at McDonalad’s, some people ain’t got no home training y’all.

  8. 58
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    I want to thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I’ve been well fed for months with these! Thank you for adding variety to my stuffy college life.

  9. 59
    pam says:

    It all looks good, enjoy your blog. But you know I don’t know how you get your kids to eat some of these meals, no way would some of my children touch it, lucky for you.

  10. 60
    Jaime says:

    Okay this would even be delish over mashed potatoes. Yummy! Thanks, I bookmarked this to try next weekend. I can’t wait.

  11. 61
    Lori Lynn says:

    I’m a big fan of puff pastry. Appetizer, dessert, entree, you name it, it works!

    You’re funny Jenny “thought fried food made people happy.” Sad for that family, you know that wasn’t an isolated incident.

  12. 62
    Mandy says:

    Kudos for making such a creative and yummy dinner for your picky eaters. I’m definitely trying this THIS week and will link back to you from my blog when I do. Love it!!

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  16. 66
    Carroll's says:

    Are you sure that it wasn’t my neighbor from across the street you saw in McDonalds! I get to hear stuff like that every morning that I leave my bedroom window open. Isn’t it nice? 🙂

    I love all of your ideas and this one looks delicious!

  17. 67
    Jaime says:

    talk about a delicious, quick, weeknight meal 🙂 it’s like chicken pot pie, w/o the hassle

  18. 68
    Liz S. says:

    I tried the sweet and salty cookie bars and can I just say WOW. These were so amazing and yummy…I loved the chopped pretzels in there too….great recipe!!! I will be adding this one to my favorites!

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