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Kids Lunch Idea: Chicken Croissants

A few weekends ago, I found myself alone at home with Baby Dear and a potluck invitation waiting for a response. Hubby Dear was away on a longer than usual business trip, and I was at my wit’s end trying to entertain an energizer-bunny of a toddler. I’ve always considered myself an introvert and going to a party without my better half to meet new people is not really my cup of tea. But I was desperate. And so was Baby Dear. We each needed to get out and about – and interacting with someone other than each other seemed like a welcome option. So I immediately texted a YES to the invite and started to prep these Chicken Croissants as my contribution to the party.

Recipe for Chicken Croissants taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

When given an option, I always like to volunteer to bring an appetizer. It is the perfect chance to get creative and think out of the box. Bite-sized finger foods are usually my preferred way to enjoy a meal and I love experimenting with different flavours and textures. I was short of time and needed to come up with something quick and easy. One long stare at the contents of my fridge and I knew just what I was ready to get to work on. I had half a rotisserie chicken from the previous night to work with. Armed with a can of store-bought croissant dough and some veggies and spices, these Chicken Croissants came together in a breeze. It’s delicious fresh out of the oven or eaten at room temperature. I suggest taking this idea and running with it! Experiment with the filling. Change it up to what you and your family enjoy eating. It works great any which way.

As I was working on these Chicken Croissants, it suddenly occurred to me that this would be perfect for a kids lunchbox.

With September right around the corner and schools all set to open up their doors to eager parents and kids after a long summer, back to school sales and lunchbox recipes are hard to look past. My tiny tot is all excited to begin a new phase in life and can’t stop talking about going to a big kids school! Aside from picking out a new school bag, lunch box, clothes and shoes imprinted with his current favourite cartoon character, I’ve been keeping myself busy working on lunchbox recipes for him. Baby Dear has never been a fussy eater and cooking for him is always a pleasure. If the food is tasty, he’ll relish it. If it has chicken, he’ll dive right in. And if it has tons of garlic, then in his own esteemed words – its a party in his tummy!


Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 1 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 2 cups shredded pre-cooked chicken
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • a handful of finely chopped fresh coriander leaves


  • Sauté onions and garlic in hot oil till they start to soften. Add in spices and fry for a few seconds till fragrant.
  • Add in shredded chicken and sliced peppers and stir-fry for a few minutes to bring the flavours together. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with coriander leaves and set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate croissant triangles as directed. For each triangle, roll out dough to expand a little in size, while keeping the same triangular shape.
  • Fill each triangle with a heaped spoonful of the cooled chicken filling on the flat end, and roll the triangle as directed by the instructions to form a croissant shape.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes till lightly browned and done.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you will surely love my Paneer Croissants and Chicken Tikka Quesadilla recipe as well.

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  • Reply
    Nora Allen
    May 20, 2019 at 7:31 AM

    5 stars
    this recipe looks delicious i hope i can make it.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Andrews
    October 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    5 stars
    I really like this unique savoury idea for using croissants. It would be great for an adult’s lunch box as well!

  • Reply
    Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness
    September 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    5 stars
    This is a great idea!

  • Reply
    Kristy @ She Eats
    September 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    5 stars
    I totally agree Meena – I love bringing an appie to a par-tay! Partly because I’m always super on time, but also for the same reason as you… I think of it as a way to get creative! I always think that appetizers are a spectacular way to introduce a new flavor or style of cooking to people because they’re so small; No commitment required on the eaters 🙂 Also, they’re fun. And your curried chicken croissants are friggin adorable.

    So glad to be a part of FBC with you!! xo!

  • Reply
    Andi Fisher
    August 31, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious and so easy to take for lunch, eat leftover for breakfast the next day too – I love savory breakfasts!

  • Reply
    August 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Perfect both for my toddler who starts pre-school next week and for my hubby to snack on at work.

  • Reply
    Heather Mitchell
    August 29, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. I’m gonna stick this in my back pocket for later. BTW, how was the party?

  • Reply
    August 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    5 stars
    What a great idea! I’ll have to try these out on my son.

  • Reply
    Carole Brown
    August 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    5 stars
    These are going into the lunch rotation. Have you tried freezing them?

  • Reply
    Candi @ A Day in Candiland
    August 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    5 stars
    I love these, I can’t wait to try and see if the kids will like them and take them to school. I also pinned.

  • Reply
    August 24, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    5 stars
    I’m always leery of stepping outside of my comfort zone. I don’t do “spicy” and I rarely use anything other than garlic, onions and white pepper, because of allergies. LOL, the big expansion in my repertoire is rosemary. I think that I would like to try making these for my granddaughter, omitting the coriander.

    • Reply
      August 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Hi Libby! I can understand the dilemma of trying new flavours. These aren’t that spicy at all – if you feel the need, just omit the chilli powder and it’s all good. I do hope you and your granddaughter will enjoy these!

  • Reply
    August 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    5 stars
    Wow…this looks fantastic!

  • Reply
    Bree Courtney
    August 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    5 stars
    These look yummy. Are they very spicy?

    • Reply
      August 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Not at all Bree, just omit the chilli powder if you wish.

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