So our very best friends were in town from Michigan right before the New Year and we made Birds in a Nest. A long while ago my friend, Beth, found this recipe while watching the Rachel Ray show. We don’t have a formal recipe but we will share with you how to make it. It’s an expensive dish to make but it’s oh so tasty. I would make it for a special occasion.
- Chicken tenders
- Lemon Zest
- Brie Cheese
- Puff Pastry Sheets
- Olive Oil
- salt, pepper
First you take your chicken tenders, just one per “nest” you are planning on making, and sprinkle them with salt, pepper, thyme, and lemon zest. You can make these bigger but they are so rich and my friend found they cooked better this way.
Heat a pan with a little oil and brown the chicken on both sides. It doesn’t have to be completely cooked. Remove the chicken and keep warm.
Next, add the mushrooms to the pan and sauté until most of the liquid is absorbed. (I failed to take a picture of this step)
Meanwhile, roll out a sheet of puff pastry dough. There are usually two to a package and you find them in the frozen section.
We divided out pastry into four equal parts.
For the brie we usually remove the white “coating” part and slice the brie. Place a few slices of the brie in the middle of each section of puff pastry.
Next we added some mushrooms. You can add as much or as little as you want. Our kids don’t like mushrooms so sometimes we even make some without mushrooms for them.
Next, add one of the chicken tenders on top.
The next part is to wrap it into a nice neat bundle and place it on a grease cookie sheet seam side down.
Then brush it with a little whisked egg.
We sprinkled a little thyme on top of the ones without mushrooms so we would know which ones to give the kids. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
We served them with some steamed broccoli. One was probably plenty but two tasted great that night!