Southwest Chicken Pockets Recipe
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Southwest Chicken Pockets Recipe

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Black beans, convenient chicken strips and chilies star in a feisty new role in these loaded pockets. Eat ’em out of hand (or with a fork if you feel civilized)! Serve a little salsa on the side for an extra burst of flavor. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 package (9 ounces) ready-to-serve roasted chicken breast strips
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, divided
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 pocket with 2 tablespoon sauce: 600 calories, 28g fat (9g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 880mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 10g fiber), 28g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the chicken, beans, tomato and 1/4 cup chilies.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry into a 14-in. square. Cut into four squares. Spoon chicken mixture into the center of each square; sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Brush egg over edges. Fold dough over filling, forming a triangle; pinch seams to seal. Transfer to a greased baking sheet and brush with remaining egg. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sour cream and remaining chilies. Serve with pockets. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Southwest Chicken Pockets in Simple & Delicious February/March 2012, p18

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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scrapo 196608
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"It does make a lot of filling as other reviewers said. But the filling is great with tortilla chips! I used some leftover smoked turkey instead of chicken. Also added some cumin. Sprinkled some cheese on each pocket after brushing with egg. Yumm-o! :)"

lauramarielawson 126202
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Very good, and very easy. Agree with the previous review that this does make a lot of filling; I made twice the number of pockets the recipe calls for and still had filling left over. I used salsa instead of the tomato and it worked well."

monjean 187581
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"Makes too much filling. You could double the number of pockets you make, or use the filling for nachos later."

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