Sunday, August 14, 2011

Chicken, Cheese, & Broccoli Braid


This is a pretty simple dish that looks like you spent hours putting it together. Basically, it can be a "hodgepodge" of things you like... rolled in dough. The recipe below is what we most commonly put in it. I recommend putting in whatever you like. Experiment a little... it's pretty hard to mess up. (Also, below the recipe is a photo tutorial of how we make it... Just hit the break and Enjoy!)

CHICKEN, CHEESE, & BROCCOLI BRAID
2-3 Skinless boneless chicken breast, cook & shredded
1 C Broccoli, cooked & chopped
1 Clove crushed garlic
1 C Cheddar cheese, shredded (use more if desired)
1/2 C Mayonnaise
1 tsp dried dill weed
1/4 C Onion, diced
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 pkg/can Pizza dough
1 egg white, beaten
*optional 1/2 C red bell pepper, chopped
Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, mix together chicken, mayonnaise, broccoli, garlic, cheese, dill, and onion (you can also add other optional ingredients at this point. Use what ever you like.) Salt and pepper to taste. Mix until ingredients are combined well. Next, open your pizza dough. Unroll it onto a lightly greased, tinfoil lined cookie sheet. Spread the dough until touches, or almost touches the edges of the cookie sheet. Using a pizza cutter or scissors, cut 1 inch wide strips toward the center down the long sides of the dough. Be sure to leave about 3 inches of solid (uncut) dough in the center. (The strips will look like a fringe on the two long sides.) Spoon the chicken mixture onto the center strip as even as you can. It will form a little mound down the length of the dough. Take a strip and gently pull/fold over the chicken mixture, alternating strips from side to side. (If you pull at about a 45° and angle, it will give a nice braided appearance.) Fold or pinch the ends. Brush the braided dough with the egg white. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown and dough is done.

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Photo Tutorial of Chicken, Cheese, & Broccoli Braid 

 In a large bowl, mix together chicken, mayonnaise, broccoli, garlic, cheese, dill, and onion (you can also add other optional ingredients at this point. Use what ever you like.) Salt and pepper to taste. Mix until ingredients are combined well.

We like to like to shred our own cheese when we have the time. But bag cheese works just as well!

 Next, open your pizza dough. Canned works great, saves a ton of time during the work week.
 Use a lightly greased, tinfoil lined cookie sheet. 

Spread the dough until touches, or almost touches the edges of the cookie sheet. Next, use a pizza cutter or scissors to cut the dough.

Cut 1 inch wide strips toward the center down the long sides of the dough. Be sure to leave about 3 inches of solid (uncut) dough in the center. 

Spoon the chicken mixture onto the center strip as even as you can. It will form a little mound down the length of the dough.

Take a strip and gently pull/fold over the chicken mixture, alternating strips from side to side.

If you pull at about a 45° and angle, it will give a nice braided appearance.

Fold or pinch the ends.

Fold or pinch the ends.
 (You can see I got in a hurry at the end...stomach was hitting my back bone!)

Brush the braided dough with the egg white.

Sprinkle salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste.


Pop into your 375 degree preheated oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown and the dough is cooked.
 Dinner is served!


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