The World Famous Chicken Zigafoos Recipe

About a decade ago my mom got a recipe from a friend called “chicken zigafoos.” These absurdly named dinner pastries have been a big hit in the family since then. So what, exactly, is a chicken zigafoo? Well, it’s kind of like a fat kid chicken pot pie. With gravy. To really get the full effect of the chicken zigafoo I highly recommend pairing it with homemade chicken gravy and my mashed potatoes recipe. What follows is a step-by-step manual for making this delicious dinner.

Chicken Zigafoos


  • 2 healthy sized chicken breasts without skin.
  • 1 red onion.
  • Some celery.
  • 2 chicken bullion cubes.
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder.
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese.
  • 3 packages of croissant rolls. In the US, Pillsbury has apparently decided Americans are too stupid to pronounce or spell croissant so they go by, I shit you not, “crescent” rolls.
  • 1 stick of melted butter.
  • 3 tablespoons of milk.


  • Cut up about 1/4 cup of celery and red inion (or shallots or white onion or whatever) and put it into a glass casserole dish with the chicken breasts.
  • Add the chicken bullion cubes and seasoning as you wish.
  • Add two cups of water to the casserole dish. Be sure to save this for your chicken gravy!
  • Bake in the oven for an hour at 350F (177C).
  • Take the chicken out and shred it.
  • Strain the celery and onion out of the chicken stock into a sauce pan. Add the celery and onion to a bowl with the shredded chicken.
  • Add the melted butter, milk, and cream cheese to the bowl and mix thoroughly into a cream cheese and chicken paste of sorts.
  • Roll out the croissant/crescent rolls out flat. You’ll notice they’re notched into four squares that are notched into two triangles each. Use two triangles (one square) for each zigafoo. Pinch the notching of the two triangles together so you get four rough squares. Add a large dollop (1/4 cup or so) of zigafoo innards to the middle of the square and then pinch up the four corners over the top of the dollop.
  • Bake on a cookie sheet per the instructions on the croissant roll packaging (usually 375F for 13-15 minutes).
  • Place onto a large serving plate for serving.

Mashed Potatoes


  • 4 large russet potatoes.
  • A cup of sour cream.
  • 6 tablespoons of butter.
  • 2 chicken bullion cubes.


  • Peel the potatoes. Leave a little skin on if you like.
  • Cut the potatoes into small squares (1” x 1” or smaller).
  • Throw the cut up potatoes into a pot and add water until the potatoes become buoyant in the pot.
  • Add the chicken bullion cubes to the water and heat the pot until the water starts to boil. Boil the potatoes for a minimum of 10 minutes. Test with a fork to ensure potatoes are soft enough to easily mash.
  • Strain water out of potatoes.
  • Add butter and sour cream to pot and pour the boiled potato cubes on top. Season as preferred with salt and pepper.
  • Mix and mash to your preferred texture.
  • Dump the mashed potatoes into a bowl for serving.

Chicken Gravy


  • Chicken stock leftover from the chicken zigafoos.
  • 2 tablespoons of corn starch.
  • 1/2 cup of water.


  • Add the chicken stock to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Mix the corn starch with the water until the corn starch is thoroughly dissolved into the water with no clumps.
  • Slowly add the corn start/water mixture to the boiling chicken stock one teaspoon or so at a time. Mix thoroughly into the chicken stock before adding more.
  • Once done pouring into the stock, boil the gravy for about a minute.
  • Pour into a gravy dish for serving.

That’s about it. I highly recommend putting a zigafoo or two on your plate, a healthy helping of mashed potatoes next to that, and then cover the whole thing in chicken gravy. You’ll thank me later.

Year in Review

  1. The year began in Koh Phangan, Thailand with my friend Chris Lea. We spent a month laying on beaches, swinging in hammocks, and drinking booze out of buckets.
  2. While in Thailand I got some more bamboo work done on my left arm.
  3. In February I went down to Miami for Future of Web Apps to talk about scaling your tech teams.
  4. Around my birthday I was able to score a copy of Netscape Navigator 2.0, still in the box, signed by Marc Andreessen.
  5. March brought the usual trip down to Austin, TX for SXSW. I spoke on a panel titled, “Designers and Developers: Why can’t we all just get along?”
  6. In April I attended the Social Foo Camp, which is an invite-only nerdfest put on by O’Reilly.
  7. May was an insane month of travel in a year of insane travel. I spent a week in Michigan, a week in Prague, a day in Phoenix, and a few days in Boulder, CO.
  8. While I was in Michigan, Jonathan and I got our pictures taken by my high school sweetheart, Erica, for our mom for Mother’s Day.
  9. When I returned from Prague I’d made the big decision to leave Digg and build a startup with Matt Galligan. Matt and I created a company called Crash Corp. that was going to build augmented reality and location-based games.
  10. In June I got a new face.
  11. Matt and I agreed to each take a month off to clear our heads before jumping into startup mode. For unknown reasons he decided to spend his month in the Midwest. I, on the other hand, chose to go to Amsterdam, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, and London. This marked my second month off for the year, which was awesome.
  12. I spent about ten days in Norway with my buddy Arne Fismen (Side note: His last name means “fart man” in Norwegian, which is definitely worse than my last name) and was able to fulfill a childhood dream of mine by visiting the world famous fjords of Norway. I can’t express my appreciation enough for what Arne and his family did for me. It was truly a magical experience.
  13. When I returned from Europe I spent a few days in San Francisco before heading down to San Diego for my buddy Dana’s bachelor party.
  14. After Dana’s bachelor party I moved to Boulder, CO to get to work on Matt and I’s company.
  15. Soon after getting on the ground and starting to work through things Matt and I realized we needed to change direction. As a result SimpleGeo was born, which provides location services to developers.
  16. While building SimpleGeo I decided to, after 11 years, switch from PHP to Python as my language of choice.
  17. The change of direction was a watershed moment for the company. Things crystallized for both us and the investors we were pitching. It wasn’t long after this that First Round Capital agreed to be our lead investor.
  18. October was mostly sent flying around to New York City and San Francisco pitching investors, VC’s, etc.
  19. In November we closed a $1.5m round of financing from some of tech’s most well-known investors. I consider this to be the greatest achievement of my career so far.
  20. Over Thanksgiving I spent a few days down in Tulum, Mexico.
  21. In December I flew up to Seattle, WA for a quick visit. It’s still home to me and I can’t wait to move back.

According to TripIt and Dopplr I spent 142 days traveling this year. I don’t have complete numbers, but I’m guessing I logged over 80,000 miles this year on various airlines. As in the tradition of last year, I think it’s only appropriate that I create a list of my year in cities.

  • Koh Samui, Thailand
  • Koh Phangan, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Miami, Florida
  • Austin, Texas
  • Sebastopol, California
  • Ypsiltanti, Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • East Jordan, Michigan
  • San Francisco, California
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Roskilde, Denmark
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Askvoll, Norway
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New York City, New York
  • San Diego, California
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Ashland, Wisconsin