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Phyllo Chicken Packets Recipe

I used to make this special recipe when I ran my own catering company years ago. It was often requested. —Kristin Arnett
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 12 sheets sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves and tarragon; set aside. in another small bowl, combine the butter and remaining garlic.
  • 2. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface with a short edge facing you. Brush with 2 teaspoons butter mixture; brush to distribute evenly. Repeat with one more sheet of phyllo, brushing with another 2 teaspoons of butter mixture (Keep remaining phyllo dough covered with plastic wrap to avoid drying out).
  • 3. Lightly sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Center one chicken breast on the lower third of phyllo. Spread about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise mixture over chicken breast. Fold bottom edge over chicken, then fold in sides. Roll up jelly-roll style; cover with plastic wrap and set aside. Make five more chicken packets.
  • 4. Place packets in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Brush tops with remaining garlic butter; sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°. Serve warm. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: Reduced-fat or fat-free mayonnaise is not recommended for this recipe.

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