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Chick Bread Recipe

Our chick bread recipe is a delicious and easy way to make tasty, braided chicken bread. This is not your average loaf of bread, because it takes your basic bread dough, and loads it up with an amazing filling made from chicken and all kinds of goodies. Check out this tasty recipe, with our easy step-by-step instructions below. 

Chick Bread Recipe

Chicken Bread

Chicken bread is a delicious, and simple appetizer, snack, or main dish. Chicken bread is exactly like it sounds. This recipe consists of bread, that is filled with a delicious chicken filling, then baked all together. The recipe makes a loaf of bread, that is filled with a delicious chicken concoction, and can be enjoyed for any occasion. 

Homemade Stuffed Chicken Bread

Making your own homemade stuffed chicken bread is easy and delicious. You can use your basic white bread recipe, we will provide our favorite below, or you can even use a loaf of frozen bread dough. Fill the dough with your favorite chicken filling mixture, then fold it into the bread, and bake. This bread makes for a delicious appetizer, snack, or even main dish. 

Braided Chicken Bread

The typical appearance of chicken bread is to braid your bread, over your chicken filling. This gives your bread a very fancy appearance and adds to the delicious taste. If you’re not feeling quite so adventurous, there are other ways that you can prepare your chicken bread as well. We will go into details for other ways you can prepare your chick bread recipe below. For now, just note that braiding your bread allows you to create an elegant presentation of this tasty dish. 

Creamy Chicken Bread Recipe

One special part of our recipe is that our chicken filling is deliciously creamy and cradled inside of the braided bread recipe. Not every chicken bread recipe allows you to create a creamy chicken filling, however, this is what ours focuses around. Of course, there are many other ways you can prepare the chicken filling in your bread if desired. We will also explore a few variations of the fillings for your reference below. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

There are many reasons why you will love this recipe. This is one of our favorite treats, which can also double as a main dish if you wish. This recipe can be made with multiple fillings, and can be used in a variety of ways. If you are looking for a great appetizer, this one has got you covered. Or, if you simply are looking for an easy main dish, be sure to check out this recipe. There are also two other reasons why this recipe is such a great one. Those reasons are that you can easily make this recipe ahead of time, and it is versatile. 

Make Ahead: This recipe can easily be made ahead of time, then refrigerated, or frozen for later use. You can also prepare the dish, then wait to make it when you are ready to enjoy it. Making this dish in advance is one of many reasons to love this chick bread recipe. 

Versatile: This recipe is also very versatile which is another reason why you will love it. This recipe can be versatile in that it makes a great appetizer, snack, or main dish depending upon what you are looking for. This dish is also versatile because it can be filled with many different things if you wish.

Easy Braided Chicken Bread

Making braided chicken bread can be a very easy and delicious recipe. This recipe consists of two main components, the bread, and your chicken filling. We are going to share with you our favorite way to make this bread, then follow it later with a few variations you can use if you wish. First, let’s look at the ingredients you need for the dough, and for the chicken filling. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

The Dough Ingredients

Milk
Sugar
Salt
Yeast
Egg 
Butter
All-purpose flour
Sesame seeds or Everything Bagel Topping

The Creamy Chicken Filling Ingredients 

Cream cheese
Chives
Milk
Flour
Garlic
Shredded cheese
Onion (optional) 
Salt
Pepper
Garlic salt

How To Make The Dough

Proof The Yeast

To proof your yeast, start off by pouring your milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it for a minute and a half to two minutes, or until your milk is warm to the touch. Be careful not to make your milk hot. 

Add the yeast:

Next, in a mixing bowl, add sugar, salt, and yeast. Stir together. Next, add your warmed milk to the mixture and stir to dissolve the yeast. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes.  Your yeast should have begun to foam inside the mixing bowl.

Mix the rest of the ingredients:

Add softened butter, egg, and all-purpose flour. Stir to combine. 

Rise:

Form into a ball, cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for one hour in a warm, dry location. 

After your bread dough has risen, divide it in half and roll one ball flat on your countertop. You will add in your prepared chicken filling, and shape before allowing it to rise for another 30 minutes before baking.  

How To Make The Chicken Filling

To make the chicken filling, you will want to start off with your chicken. If you are using raw chicken breast, you will want to cook it thoroughly and then cut it into small pieces or shred it. Rotisserie chicken also works great for this recipe. To use rotisserie chicken, simply remove it from the bone and cut into small pieces or shred it. 

Make The Filling

In a mixing bowl, combine your optional onion, garlic, desired seasonings, and chicken. Mix with cream cheese and stir until combined. Stir in shredded cheese, milk, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and chives. Fold together until ingredients are mixed, then pour into your prepared bread. 

Assembling The Chicken Bread

To shape the dough 

To assemble your chicken bread, begin by rolling out half of the prepared bread dough. Fill the bread with your chicken mixture and cut partway back at the edges. Fold each side to the center alternatingly, so that your top appears to have a braided appearance. Let the bread rise for 30 minutes in a cool location so that your chicken does not spoil. When your loaf of bread has risen, preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush the top of your bread with egg wash, and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bread is fully baked. Serve well hot and enjoy.

Chicken Bread Stuffing

Not only can you use our delicious recipe for the chicken filling, but there are many other recipe variations so you can use for filling as well. We are going to cover a few of the different filling ideas and recipe variations below. 

Filling Ideas/Variations 

Minced Meat: A variation of the above bread, and filling it with minced meat, simply purchase a can of condensed minced meat filling, and add water. Prepare the bread as instructed above, and add your minced meat filling, before creating your braided dough, and baking. 

BBQ Chicken: Use barbecue chicken filling, and simply take your cooked chicken breast and shred it. Add 1 cup of barbecue sauce, ¼ cup Italian dressing, ¼ cup brown sugar, and 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. If desired, you can add a bit of salt to taste. Prepare the bread dough as instructed above, then add your barbecue chicken filling into the center before shaping your loaf of bread. Bake according to the instructions above, then serve and enjoy. 

Nutella: Also fill the bread with Nutella if you are looking for something a bit on the sweeter side. Simply prepare your bread as instructed above, then fill it with Nutella before baking. Bake according to the instructions above then serve and enjoy. You could also pair your Nutella with a bag of peanut butter, for a delicious chocolate peanut butter filling. 

Turkey & Cheese: Another delicious variation that you can make, is to fill your bread dough as instructed above, then make your filling with turkey, and shredded cheese. Yes, you can simply prepare as instructed above, and substitute your chicken with turkey, or you can mix things up a little bit more, and make your turkey filling using turkey broth, flour, and sauté them together in a pan with your onions and garlic. Otherwise, prepare your loaf as instructed above by folding your turkey and cheese filling into the center of your bread. 

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Bread: If you are the type that likes simple, and delicious recipes, simply combine your cooked chicken with shredded cheese then prepare the bread dough as instructed above. Fill the bread dough with your chicken and shredded cheese before folding the bread over top and baking as instructed above. 

Chicken And Spinach Pull-Apart Bread

For chicken and spinach pull-apart bread, prepare your bread dough as instructed above, then in a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, with mozzarella cheese, spinach, garlic, pepper, flour, salt, and rotisserie chicken that has been shredded. Mix, then fill your bread with the cream cheese and chicken mixture. Shape however you desire before baking. Serve and enjoy. 

Chicken Parmesan Crescent Bread

To make chicken Parmesan bread, simply prepare the bread as instructed above, then in a mixing bowl combine mozzarella cheese, cook chicken, pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, and stir to combine. Next, prepare your bread dough, then pour your filling into the prepared dough. Shape as desired, then bake according to the instructions above. Serve and enjoy. 

Whole roast chicken with famous chicken bread

Using rotisserie chicken for the chicken bread recipe above is a great alternative to baking a chicken breast. This allows you to make the chicken faster, and easier. To use a rotisserie chicken, simply remove the meat from the bones. Then either cut or shred the chicken before mixing it into the sauce. Otherwise, prepare as instructed above. 

Other shapes you can try

There are different shapes that you can try to make your check bread recipe into. Some of these include a loaf of bread, cutlets, French bread, or even buns.

Chicken Bread Loaf

To make your chicken bread into a loaf of bread, simply roll out your bread dough so that is flat, then fill it. Roll the dough like you’re making a cinnamon roll, then place your bread roll into a lightly greased bread pan before baking. Bake according to the instructions above. 

Breaded Chicken Cutlets

To make breaded chicken cutlets, roll out your prepared bread dough, then use a cup to cut round shapes. Fill each individual round shape with your chicken filling mixture, and then place it into a greased cake pan in any design you wish. Bake according to the instructions above, however, for this recipe, you may want to try baking for a shorter time to start. 

Chicken Stuffed French Bread

Are a few different ways you can make your chicken bread recipe using stuffed French bread. To do this, you can take the easy way and buy a loaf of French bread from the bakery, and then fill it with your chicken mixture and toast in the oven. Another way is to use a French bread recipe and roll your chicken Philly mixture into the center of your loaf before baking. Yet another way, is to use the above recipe and simply shape your loaf of bread into a French bread style before baking. Otherwise, bake according to the instructions above. 

Chicken Bread / Bun

A final shape you could use for your chicken bread recipe is to shape your loaf of bread into buns, or rolls after they have been filled with your chicken mixture. Otherwise, bake according to the instructions above.

Chicken Bread Recipe

Ingredients for Dough

1 1/8 cup milk, lukewarm
1 ½ tbsp sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tbsp yeast, heaping
1 medium egg 
1 Tbsp butter
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
sesame seeds, for topping

Ingredients for Chicken Filling

4 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded or cubed 
16 oz cream cheese, soft
½ cup chives, diced
4 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp flour
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cup shredded cheese, cheddar works great
1 small onion, finely diced (optional) 
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
garlic salt, to taste

Instructions

Steps to make Easy Braided Chicken Bread

Step 1: Make Dough

Heat milk so that it is lukewarm in temperature. In a mixing bowl combine sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the milk and stir to dissolve the yeast. Let the mixture sit for approximately five minutes, or until it begins to form. Add melted butter, egg, and flour. Stir well. Coat mixing bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, and form down into a ball. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for at least one hour, or until double in size. 

Step 2: Make Filling

In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, chicken, milk, flour, garlic, shredded cheese, optional onion, and chives. Stir to combine. 

Step 3: Divide Dough

When the dough has risen to double in size, punch it down, and divide it into two balls. 

Step 4: Roll Dough

Taking the first go ball, roll it out flat. Take a pizza cutter, and cut from the outside to the inside approximately 2 to 3 inches. 

Step 5: Heat Oven

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Step 6: Fill Dough 

When your dough has been rolled out, place your chicken filling down the center of your dough. Next, take the slices that were cut with a pizza cutter, and fold them toward the center into a braided look. 

Step 7: Brush With Egg

Brush the top of your bread with an egg wash of one egg yolk mixed with 2 tablespoons of water. Be sure to cover the entire loaf of bread with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds immediately if desired. 

Step 8: Bake

Bake at 400°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean. 

Step 9: Butter While Hot

Remove the bread from the oven, and brush with melted butter. 

Step 10: Serve

Serve your loaf of bread while hot. Enjoy! 

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Nutrition

This recipe will make approximately two loaves, and each loaf of bread contains eight servings. Therefore, the above recipe is estimated to contain approximately 16 servings. We have estimated the following nutritional facts on one serving, or 1/16 of the above recipe.

We have estimated the above recipe contains approximately 233 calories per serving. We have also estimated that the above recipe contains approximately 10 g total fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 327 mg sodium, 23.5 g total carbohydrates, and 11.7 g of protein per serving. 

Notes & Substitutions

Please note that the meat and cheese can easily be substituted for meats and cheeses of your preference. Please also note that the bread recipe can be substituted for any bread of your choice, or even frozen bread dough. Please also note that the above recipe must be made with pre-cooked meat. Your meat will not fully cook in this bread if it is made with raw meat. 

Success Tips

Proof the yeast separately: For a successful loaf of bread, be sure to proof the yeast before creating your bread. This will allow you to be sure that your yeast is good, and you will not have to toss your entire loaf of bread.

Use leftover or rotisserie chicken: for an easy shortcut, use leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken when making that bread filling. This allows you to prepare the filling faster and typically makes for more moist chicken in the bread. 

Cool the filling: If your chicken is warm, be sure to cool the filling mixture before adding it to your bread. 

Use a pizza cutter: Anytime you are cutting this bread, whether it is cutting the bread dough, or slicing pieces, we recommend using a pizza cutter as it makes a much nicer cut in your bread dough. 

Tips for making braided bread

Softer Dough: When you were making the bread dough, be sure that you don’t add too much flour. Err on the side of caution and start by adding all but half of a cup of flour. Mix in the flour, before adding the remaining flour to your mixture. This will allow you to see if your bread starts to come together, you can leave out the rest of the flour. If you add too much flour, your bread dough will not be as soft as it could be.

Active dry yeast vs instant yeast: Although the types of yeast may be used interchangeably, be sure you are allowing it enough time for your yeast to proof. 

How to make the lightest fluffiest bread: To make the fluffiest bread, be sure you don’t add too much flour, and allow it plenty of time to rise each time. One trick I like to use, is to place my bread dough into a cool oven. This allows the bread to rise nicely.

Make Ahead/Freezing Instructions:

If you would like to make the bread ahead of time, for best results, we recommend preparing it all the way until it is ready to bake, then store it in the fridge for a few hours until you are ready to bake it. 

However, if you want to make it farther in advance, you can freeze the entire loaf, with raw though before baking. To freeze wrapped securely in plastic wrap, and store in the freezer for up to one month. You can also bake the bread ahead of time, then store it in the fridge or freezer. Then, simply place the bread into the oven at 300°F, and warm it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then serve and enjoy. 

Recipe FAQs

Can I freeze this bread?

Yes, the spread may be frozen for up to one month. To freeze, wrapped securely in plastic wrap, place into a freezer bag, or place into an airtight storage container. 

My dough didn’t rise properly, what should I do?

There are many reasons why your bread dough may not rise, the most common of which is that your yeast is old. Before you throw out your dough, try placing it into the oven with a pan of boiling water below it, close the oven, and allow it to rise. If your dough still is not rising, you can try adding more yeast. To do this place your dough into a large mixing bowl. Open a new package of yeast and add it to your dough along with 1 cup of warm water, and 1 Tbsp sugar. Let the mixture proof for 5-10 minutes then knead together. 

What can I use instead of egg wash?

If you would rather not use an egg wash on your bread, you can brush it with milk, or simply wait until after your bread has baked and bush with melted butter. 

Can the dough be kneaded by hand?

Yes, you can knead the dough by hand if you want. 

Authentic Chicken Bread Recipe

Making your own authentic chicken bread recipe is easy and delicious. 

Chicken Stuffed Bread Recipe

Chicken stuffed bread recipe is surprisingly easy to make with our delicious recipe. All you need are your basic bread ingredients and a few more ingredients for your filling. Allow your dough plenty of time to rise and enjoy the delicious goodness of this chick bread recipe. 

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Chicken Bread Recipe

Chicken bread is a delicious bread filled with a delightful creamy chicken mix. This bread takes your average white bread recipe and brings it to a whole new level. You have got to give this recipe a try for yourself to taste just how good it is. 

Homemade Chicken Bread Roll, Braided And Stuffed Chicken Bread

Homemade chicken bread is great for any occasion. Try making this delicious recipe for the perfect appetizer, snack, or main dish. This recipe is great for any time of year and is perfect when you are feeding a group. 

Chick Bread Recipe

Our Chick bread recipe is a delicious chicken-filled bread that is loaded with delicious goodies, and perfect for all occasions. Give this recipe a try today and let us know what you think about it! 

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