How To Make Really Yummy Chicken Bread At Home

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​Chicken bread is just one of those foods that will put a smile on almost anyone’s face, especially if you are the one making it. It takes a little bit of prep, but once you smell the chicken bread baking in the oven, you will know that all of the work to make this chicken bread recipe worth it.

​One of the great things about this recipe is that it can be scaled up almost indefinitely for parties. You can make a few loaves of it during the day, and by the time your guests come there will be some wonderful smelling fresh backed chicken bread waiting for them.

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​Are you intimidated by exotic looking baked goods?

​While making chicken bread will take up some time, it really is not difficult to make. The hardest part for me is waiting to eat it, and not pigging out on the filling while I am making it!

​Make sure to have all of your ingredients before you get started, and plan out how much you want to make. The recipe that I give in this article is what I usually make for my family, and if my husband doesn't get at least two big slices I find that I am making it again within a few days.

​At least I know it’s popular!

​So Here Is What You Need

​So this recipe will make 2 or 3 medium sized rolls and I recommend that you make a little bit extra filling, because when you realize how yummy it is, you won't be able to help yourself from snacking on it.

​For The Dough

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil (or shortening if you are feeling naughty)
  • 1 egg (plus one for the glaze)
  • 1 tsp white or brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

For The Chicken Filling

  • 2 cups cooked chicken (boiled or sauteed, but cooked through)
  • 2 small onions (I think they taste better)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper (or white pepper for people than can't take heat)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder (if you like it, I LOVE it)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk

For me the bread is pretty straight forward, but when I make my filling, I prefer to saute the chicken. I think that boiled chicken loses something of the flavor, and by the time the bread has been cooked the boiled chicken is sort of mushy.

I have had the best luck buying chicken breasts, cutting them into cubes, and then cooking the in a pan with a little bit of salt and butter. I know, it takes longer. But to me, the result is better and really that is what this is all about, no?

Some Optional Filling Ideas:

  • Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • Shallots
  • Smoked Sausage, cooked and chopped finely

This Is How We Do It!

You are going to want to start by making the filling. It is really important that you give the filling time to cool completely. If you try to assemble this bread while the filling is still warm, it will not work.

Believe me, I tried once. Bad times...

And remember, I told you to make a little bit extra. Watching a bowl of this stuff cool is torture for me, and I can't resist grabbing a few crackers and doing a bit of quality control.

Make The Filling

This is a really simple process, but it can take some time to do. Don't be in a hurry because milk based fillings can burn pretty easily.

If you are absent minded, try reducing this filling in a double-boiler. Just transfer it over once the milk is hot and the filling is of a uniform consistency.

  • Take the butter and warm it in a skillet then add the onions, and any other of the extras I suggested.
  • After the onions start to become translucent, it is time to add all of the spices, really you are going to put everything but the milk in at this point. Keep an eye on the flour, you don't want to scorch it!
  • Add the milk and reduce over low heat, and stir frequently to make sure it does not burn. That would ruin the flavor. (This is where you would transfer it over to a double boiler)
  • Wait until the filling is nice and thick, and then remove from the heat. This isn't fast, but really good food rarely is.
  • Let cool! And don't eat too much...

Now For The Dough

​Once the filling has cooled to the point that you feel like it is ready to be put in the fridge, you can start on your dough. It will have to rise for an hour or so, depending on how warm it is where you live.

  • Take all dry ingredients and mix together until they are well integrated.
  • Then add your wet ingredients, like the egg and oil.
  • You may need to add a little bit of warm water, and this is normal. Just knead the dough until it is uniform, and easy to handle (not too sticky)
  • Let rise until it had almost doubled, punch it down, and let it go a little longer. This is a good time to check on the stickiness factor. If you have a hard time handling the dough, add a little flour.

Yay! Time To Make Chicken Bread

​This process is really not very hard, us follow the steps below and you will be eating yummy chicken bread in no time.

  • Divide your dough into balls, you will need one ball for each loaf of bread you want to make.
  • Now just roll the balls into rectangles, and don't let the dough get much thinner than 1/8 of an inch. A little thicker is ok too.
  • Once your rectangles are in front of you fill the middle 1/3 of the rectangle with the yummy chicken filling lengthwise, and then make slits that run at a small downward angle from the middle to the edge.
  • Make sure to leave a little space between where the filling ends and the slit begins, this will make your life easier I promise.
  • Start braiding the slits from the top of the dough, and make your chicken bread look great. Once braided, you are almost home-free.
  • Transfer your loaves to a well greased baking sheet (Butter!) and then apply the egg wash.
  • Let bake in an oven that has been preheated to around 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, though the time will depend on how big you made your loaves.
  • Keep an eye on them and start looking in on your loaves around 20 minutes in, earlier if you made small loaves.
  • Once they are nice and golden delicious looking, just take them out of the oven and let them cool on a rack.
  • Serve!

Conclusion

Chicken bread is a great recipe and if you get bored with the big loaves, you can divide the dough into smaller portions and make baby chicken bread. What a fun finger food for a party, or just the family. ​Don't be afraid to try out your own variations to this recipe, or use spices that you love.

 We all want to know what kind of ideas this great recipe has inspired, so please leave your comments below.I am always looking for new flavors! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, and thanks so much for reading.

Jessica Leary
 

I’m Jessica, I’ve been a foodie since I was young. That explains my passion for the food movement and food blogs. In addition to being a content creator and recipe developer, I’m also into food photography and blogging. I’m an exercise enthusiast, wine aficionado, and green smoothie addict. The fact that I’ve tried countless recipes is what makes me passionate about food blogging. I write on anything related to food.

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