Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cornmeal Dusted Chicken Broccoli and Cheese Braid with Thyme and Rosemary

Well........once again I have been scanning Pinterest to get some dinner ideas and came across this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Braid.  I love making these braids, they are so much fun to make! 

I pretty much made the original recipe but I had to put a couple of my own tweaks here and there.  The main thing I did different was to use the no seam Pillsbury dough and to add cornmeal to the parchment 
before I set the dough on it.  This kept the dough from sticking and added a great crunchy texture to the bread which can sometimes get a little soggy.  I also added garlic and thyme (because they are my favorite!) 
to the chicken to mixture for added flavor.

Cornmeal Dusted Chicken Broccoli and Cheese 
Braid with Thyme and Rosemary

adapted from Three Kids and Us

2 cans Pillsbury No Seam Dough
1 rotisserie Chicken, deboned and chopped
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
3 cups Broccoli, frozen, cooked and chopped
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 egg yolks, beaten
rosemary, chopped
cornmeal for dusting

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, sprinkle paper with cornmeal and 
spread both cans of dough length wise to form a long rectangle.

In a large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli, mayo, sour cream, thyme 
and garlic.  

Spread mixture over the center of the dough evenly to create a log.

Using kitchen shears , cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side 
of the dough.  

Fold dough strips over the top of the chicken mixture, alternating left and 
right to create a braid.

Brush the top of the braid with the beaten egg yolk and sprinkle rosemary
on top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

My only warning about this braid besides it being totally addictive is to use your biggest baking sheet and put the braid at an angle so it will all fit.  After taking the pictures I took it back into the kitchen to slice it up and one end of it went "SPLAT" onto the floor.  It makes a really long braid!  It was just one little end but I'm still bummed about it...... hey........it was REALLY good!!


  1. This looks so pretty and tasty, too! Garlic and thyme seem necessary to me. Oh, no...another mess to clean up!

  2. Your first shot makes me want to run in the kitchen and make one.

  3. Mika thanks for linking up! This looks so good, was it easy to make?


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