Friday, February 17, 2012

Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Bread


This was a total experiment that turned out to be fantastic! 
 Who can say no to cheesy broccoli & grilled chicken encased in Herb, Garlic & Parmesan seasoned bread? 
Oh my! 




Ingredients:

Filling:
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli florets 
  • 2 cups cubed grilled chicken breasts
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste 


Bread:
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105*-115*)
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons Italian Seasoning blend
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. 
  • 3 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in milk, sugar, shortening, salt and 2 cups of the flour. Beat with wire wisk or mixer until smooth. Mix in remaining flour. 

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place 1 tablespoon vegetable oil into bottom of mixing bowl, place dough into; turn greased side up. 
Cover with towel and allow to rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. 

Punch dough down re-cover and allow to rise again for 30 minutes. 

While allowing dough to rise again - Steam broccoli florets and allow to drain onto paper towels to get rid of excess moisture. Grill and cube 2 large chicken breasts equaling about 2 cups. In a bowl combine broccoli, chicken & shredded cheese with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Heat oven to 425*.
Turn dough out onto large cookie sheet and roll out evenly reaching all 4 corners of the pan (14x20-18x26)

Place chicken mixture onto center of rolled out dough bring up the ends of the dough forming a pocket and pinch the edges together. 


Wash the top with egg whites and place loaf on low rack. Bake until loaf is a deep golden brown about 20 minutes. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before cutting. 




2 comments:

  1. Mmm, yummy and easy to make! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I might suggest adding a 1/2 to a whole can of cream of whatever soup (chicken, broccoli, celery, mushroom) This was very tasty but, the chicken got a little dry which I think also was partially due to cooking the chicken in my George Foreman grill it tends to make the chicken on the dry side. I am going to be soon posting the recipe up for a similar version of this but, tweaked a little :) Thank you for the comment!

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