Monday, February 13, 2012

Broccoli Chicken Cheddar Braided Crescent Recipe

This is our new favorite meal!

This beautiful braided crescent is easy and quick - as in the whole thing is prepped while your oven preheats! That's my kind of dinner. I saw this recipe on Food Family Finds, and knew I had to try it.

Mix together chicken (I've used canned chicken as well as Cousin Darlene's chicken), broccoli, cheese, egg, and mayo together in a bowl. When I used leftover chicken I didn't add the mayo.

Spread your crescent rolls out to form a rectangle. You can use store-bought crescents, but I've been making my own and they are fantastic! I think I've actually cured myself of the urge to buy Pillsbury crescent rolls! (recipe below)

Add the chicken mixture to the middle of the crescent roll rectangle. Then use kitchen shears or a knife to make strips along each side. (this looks like the braided calzone, doesn't it?!?)

Beginning from one end, alternate sides, pulling the dough across at an angle. Each strip should be close to the one before it, but it certainly does not need to be perfect.

This part actually goes quickly...

and yet the final result is awesome!

Brush the braid with a wash of egg white mixed with a tablespoon of water. Top with more cheese if desired.

Bake in your preheated oven at 375 for 30 minutes...golden, cheesy, and delicious!

Homemade Crescent Roll Recipe (adapted from
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Crisco
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

Beat eggs and sugar until well combined. Add sugar, Crisco, water, yeast, salt, and 2 cups flour. Gradually add remaining 2 cups of flour. Turn out onto a well floured surface and knead in enough additional flour so the dough is no longer sticky. I usually do not have to add much additional flour. 
Divide the dough in half - each half makes about 12 crescent rolls or one broccoli chicken braid.

  • To make immediately, let dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour. Then shape dough into crescent rolls and bake or flatten on a cookie sheet for the braid.

  • To make later, store in the refrigerator without rising. As long as you let it sit for about 4 hours, that will be sufficient rise time in the fridge. Or store for up to 4 days and use as above. 

  • Broccoli Chicken Cheddar Braided Crescent Recipe (adapted from Food Family Finds)

  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and chunked - use canned or leftover chicken for minimal prep
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    2 cups chopped frozen broccoli, thawed
    1 egg yolk (reserve egg white for wash)
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    rosemary (or other preferred herb)
    crescent roll recipe (above) or 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls

    Preheat oven to 375. Combine chopped chicken, cheese, broccoli, egg yolk, mayo, and rosemary in a bowl. Spread crescent roll dough onto a large cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Add the chicken mixture to the middle of the dough. Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut strips along each side of the chicken. Start from one end and alternate sides, pulling a strip of dough across to the opposite side. When the whole braid is finished, add about 1 Tablespoon of water to the reserved egg white and brush the top of the braid with the wash. Sprinkle additional cheese if desired. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Slice and enjoy!


    1. This looks so good! My in-laws are already impressed by my homemade bread at every function, I think this would knock their socks off! :-) This could totally have probably infinite iterations of filling - pizza type, pork bbq type, sloppy joe type, etc.

      1. Thought of a question - about how big is the cookie sheet you use? or how big do you make the crescent roll rectangle? Just trying to gauge size.

    2. Sure - my baking sheet is pretty large, 17 x 11.5. You could make it shorted and wider depending on the length of your sheet I'm sure.

      1. Thanks - I have a sheet pan from Williams Sonoma that I'm thinking is that size - like a 1/4 sheet or something like that. Looks similar. Thanks. I'ts hard to see scale in pics sometimes!

      2. Made this over last weekend. So good and so easy - I think I may have overworked the roll dough or added too much flour, it was a little tough, but definitely operator error. Filling was fantastic and will make again with a lighter had on the dough! Homemade crescent rolls the day after were great!

    3. love broccoli and chicken. will definitely give this one a try :)

    4. I made this last night for J and the babysitter- they enjoyed it. I had some today for lunch- so good!

    5. I made it for dinner tonight using left over turkey and added cauliflower as well. My husband loved it and said it was a recipe to keep. : )

      thank you.

    6. Have you ever made the crescent rolls with butter instead of Crisco? Do you think it would work? We're trying to avoid trans fats as much as we can.

    7. This was amazing! I made this tonight and it blew our socks off. SO delicious! I don't have much experience with making dough (bread, crescents, etc) but this was so delicious. I halved the crescent recipe since I only wanted to make the Braided Broccoli Chicken and it was so scrumptious. I would highly recommend this to anyone.


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