Weeknights are manic for me. Even though all my kids are still too young for school, it seems like by the time evening rolls around and my husband gets home from work, we’re all balls to the wall trying to figure out what to feed the kids and ourselves. My oldest son is the pickiest of eaters. We actually have a “like list” that we’ve created to remind him which foods he likes because he is one of those children who thinks corn dogs are the best thing ever one day and the most disgusting slop the next day. Keeping a handy list on my phone allows me to insist “yes you DO like cheddar cheese… it’s AMERICAN cheese you hate.”
This is a common problem among parents, I’ve no doubt, but for us, it is a nightmare. My middle son will eat anything, but as soon as he hears his older brother say, “I don’t like it,” he immediately copies him and refuses to eat. Thankfully our youngest is still too young to talk back, and he’s still on tiny finger foods, so we don’t have to deal with any food issues from him yet.
All that is to say that when it comes to a week night dinner, I need something that is fast, simple and appeals to a wide variety of tastes. That’s why I love this Chicken Taco Crescent Ring. It is delicious loaded up with all your favorite taco toppings, but it’s also quite wonderful plain. And for my picky eater, he just eats the bready outside, and he’s happy as Larry.
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cans crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 375.
Cut chicken into bit sized pieces (shredded works best, but takes longer). Saute over a medium heat until cooked thoroughly. Add seasoning and a little water; prepare per package instructions. Cook until thickened.
Transfer chicken to a bowl and add cheese, mix thoroughly.
Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll cans of crescent rolls and place on cookie sheet. Adding a small bowl in the center will help with your placement.
Be sure to arrange the triangles with the pointed end outward, towards the edge of the cookie sheet. They should overlap slightly in the center where the circle is. Spoon the chicken mixture onto the rolls close to the center of the circle.
Bring the pointed part of the triangle over the mixture and tuck the end under the center part of the ring. You may see some filling and that is okay.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until crescents are golden brown.
Let cool and enjoy.
To jazz things up a little, you can transfer the whole ring into a nice dish and add your toppings around it.
This is great for sharing, as well. It makes a great party piece or you can bring it to your next family dinner. This is an easy meal for any night of the week and can be paired with rice or refried beans.
And the verdict? My picky eater actually tried quite a bit of it, eating most of a slice before declaring it “yucky.” Well, you can’t please everyone.