Wednesday, May 12, 2010

BBQ Chicken Braid

This is a super yummy dinner braid similar to the Ham and Cheese Braid that I've posted before. You can use any bread dough, including a loaf of thawed Rhodes frozen bread dough, but I used my pizza dough recipe because it's so darn quick and easy. My family really loved this dinner.

BBQ Chicken Braid

pizza dough for 1 pizza or 1 loaf thawed frozen bread dough
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
bottled barbecue sauce
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar (or other cheese)

Roll out dough into a 11x17 rectangle. Cut 1 inch wide strips along either side of the rectangle - there should be a solid strip about 3 inches wide in the middle. The strips will look like fringe on both sides of the dough. Spread 1 cup of cheese down the center of the dough. Top with shredded chicken and onions, then spoon desired amount of barbecue sauce over the chicken and onions. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Fold strips over the filling, alternating strips from each side and pressing them into the dough on the opposite side. Turn under, pinch, then seal the ends. Place braid on a greased cookie sheet or baking stone. Allow braid to rest and rise for about 15 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes, covering braid with foil during last 5 minutes or so to prevent over browning. Make sure the bottom of the braid is browned so that you know it is cooked all the way through. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into slices.

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