Chicken Broccoli Braid features chicken, fresh broccoli, red bell pepper and Cheddar cheese flavored with garlic and dill wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked. The crescent roll dough is braided over the top of the filling to create a pleasing presentation.

During the holidays I always buy crescent roll dough at the “big box” stores because they sell them in quantity this time of year. Many dishes can be created using crescent roll dough as the base.

 

The Recipe

Chicken Broccoli Braid
Serves 6
This dish features chicken, broccoli, red bell pepper and Cheddar cheese, flavored with garlic and dill, wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  2. 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  4. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  5. 1 garlic clove, pressed
  6. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 (8-ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
  10. 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  11. 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together chicken, broccoli, red bell pepper and Cheddar cheese.
  3. Using a garlic press, press garlic over vegetable-chicken mixture or chop garlic finely and add to vegetable-chicken mixture.
  4. Add mayonnaise, dill and salt. Mix well.
  5. Unroll 1 package of crescent roll dough; do not separate.
  6. Spray or grease a 17" x 11.5" x 1" baking pan.
  7. Arrange longest sides of dough across width of baking pan. Repeat with remaining package of dough. Seal any perforations in the dough.
  8. On long side of dough, cut dough into strips 1 1/2" apart and 3 inches deep with a pizza cutter or knife.
  9. Spread filling evenly over middle of dough.
  10. To braid, lift strips of dough across mixture to meet in the center, twisting each strip one turn.
  11. Continue alternating strips to form a braid. Tuck ends up to form a rim at end of braid.
  12. Brush egg white over dough using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with almonds.
  13. Bake 20-25 minutes or until deep golden brown. Slice and serve.
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 Methodology

Prepare the mixture to be used for the filling by combining everything except egg white and almonds together in a bowl.

Take the first package of dough out of the can and keep it from separating. Lay it on the baking pan with the long ends of the dough rectangle going across the width of the baking pan. Place the second dough rectangle just below the first, again going across the width of the baking pan.

Seal any perforations by using your fingers to push the dough together, patting it a bit if needed. Using a pizza cutter or knife make cuts 1 1/2 inches apart and 3 inches deep on the longest sides of the dough.

Spread filling evenly down the center of the dough rectangle. To braid, bring one strip from each side to meet in the center, twisting each strip one turn. Repeat with all the strips and tuck the ends up to form a rim at the end of the braid.

Brush egg white over dough with a pastry brush and sprinkle sliced or slivered almonds over the top. Bake Chicken Broccoli Braid at 350°F. for 25-30 minutes until deep golden brown.

Parting Comments

Chicken Broccoli Braid may be served as the main course with some side dishes or you may wish to cut it in smaller slices to serve as an appetizer. I could definitely envision making it with chopped ham instead of chicken and perhaps even making a cheese sauce to serve over it!

Vary the filling contents as well as the spices to suit your particular preferences. If you’d prefer not to use mayonnaise in this recipe feel free to substitute sour cream or yogurt in its place.


Braiding the dough strips really gives this dish a nice presentation!Using crescent roll dough is a quick and easy way to make some ordinary ingredients look special.

Make a Chicken Broccoli Braid soon! Your family and friends will really like it!

What’s your favorite recipe with crescent roll dough?

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings, Janet

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Comments

Chicken Broccoli Braid — 26 Comments

  1. This sounds really good, I love chicken and broccoli together! I have always wondered how to make the braid design with crescent rolls, thanks for your detailed instructions.
    Kelsey
    acupofteawithkelsey.blogspot.com

  2. Hi Kelsey, I’m so glad my instructions were helpful to you! I hope you’ll really enjoy the Chicken Broccoli Braid. I’m thinking of making one today to use up extra turkey! Thanks for your nice comments and for your visit! Come back again soon! Blessings, Janet

  3. Hi Linda, Thanks for your nice comments and visit! Hope you enjoy the Chicken Broccoli Braid! I want to make it soon with ham. Come back again soon! Blessings, Janet

  4. Sounds like such a delicious and lovely recipe! thanks for joining us at the Family Joy Blog link up party. xoxo
    Shamira

  5. What a great idea – I eat things like this for lunch at my desk! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  6. Hi Shamira, Thanks for the nice comments and visit today! Thanks also for hosting Family Joy Blog Link Up Party! Blessings, Janet

  7. Hi Helen, Great to hear from you! This would be a great lunch box item! Thanks for stopping by and for hosting What’s for Dinner! Blessings, Janet

  8. Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Please come back next week and share what you have been working on!

  9. Hi Marilyn, Thanks for the kind comments and visit today! I’ll be back next week – have a good one! Blessings, Janet

  10. I love all the stuff in here! Sounds really good! Thanks for sharing at this week’s FF! ?

  11. This look like a delicious way to get your veggie, very yummy! Thank you for bringing this recipe to the Fiesta Frida! ?

  12. This looks absolutely delicious, I love chicken and broccoli and this is a nice recipe that’s different! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration this week!

  13. This recipe would be so lovely to serve at a holiday luncheon. Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week.

  14. Can’t wait to try this chicken broccoli braid! I’ve recently become more comfortable with baking and pastries so this will be a great recipe to try out! Pinning for later, thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Cristina, Thanks so much for the kind comments and for pinning this recipe! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for hosting Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party! Blessings, Janet

  16. Hi Erica, I’m sure you won’t have any trouble with this braid! It really looks harder than it is. Thanks for pinning and for stopping by! Come back again soon! Blessings, Janet

  17. I can’t wait to try your Chicken Broccoli Braid, it looks delicious! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  18. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for the kind comments – I hope you enjoy the Chicken Broccoli Braid! Thanks so much for hosting Full Plate Thursday! Blessings, Janet

  19. I made one of these once. It was yummy! Why haven’t I done it again? Pretty as it is delicious!! Thanks for sharing your recipe with SYC. Pinning
    hugs,
    Jann

  20. Hi Jann, Thanks for the kind comments & for pinning this recipe! It’s surprising easy to make, too! Thanks for hosting SYC! Blessings, Janet

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