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Phyllo Chicken Packets

"I used to make this special recipe when I ran my own catering company years ago. It was often requested. --Kristen Arnett"
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45 m servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  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 15-in.x 10-in.x 1-in. baking pan. Brush tops with remaining garlic butter; sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees F. Serve warm.


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


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This was yummy, kinda reminded me of a fancy chicken pot pie. I've made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe exact and the second I did make a modification that I think lowers the...

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Pretty presentation, lacks the all-important flavor component. Overall, easy recipe: straightforward instructions, accurate cooking temp/time, etc. I subbed in some ricotta cheese for the mayo (...

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This was yummy, kinda reminded me of a fancy chicken pot pie. I've made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe exact and the second I did make a modification that I think lowers the...

So yummy! I made one minor change when I prepared this. I diced the chicken before rolling the packets so we were able to eat them with forks. We've decided that when we make these again, whi...

I have made this recipe twice. The first time I followed the recipe exactly as written and while it looked good it still tasted (my husband and I thought ) a little bland and greasy. So the ne...

This was marvelous. I made it for a Christmas day brunch and it was such a hit. Following the tips of some other users, I used butter spray on the phyllo layers instead of spreading butter. Time...

This is outstanding, once you have mastered the phyllo dough, it is very easy and elegant. I no longer try to brush the butter on, I just put the butter on a dinner-sized plate and plunge my op...

I did not care for the taste of mayo. I think next time, I will try a can of cream of chicken soup or mushroom soup.

This was yummy with some changes. I used feta instead of mozzarella, and mixed it into the sauce instead of on top of the packets. Added more garlic to the sauce, and subbed half of the mayo wit...

I used the small (9" x 14") phyllo sheets, which were the perfect size to wrap the chicken in. I used 5 or 6 sheets for each. I also added 2 ounces of cream cheese to the sauce, which someone el...

I make a few changes to make this a low fat recipe. I spray Pam between 3 phyllo layers. Then I spread on low fat chive and onion cream cheese. Top with a chicken breast and roll up. Spray tops ...