Chicken Braid Made With Leftovers

What can you do with one or two chicken leftover chicken breasts or one cup of taco meat? Do what I do and make a chicken braid. Think of it as a hot stromboli stuffed with your favorite goodies like protein, cheese, vegetables and seasonings. It can be tailored to your family’s likes and doubled if you have the extra time. I take the extra braid/stromboli and slice it into single servings for future lunches or quick thaw meals.

If you’re raising your eyebrow, take a look at my favorite 5-minute dough mixed in a plastic shoe box without punching, waiting and kneading. Think of this dough as your canvas for your art work. Okay, you’re not artsy? Well neither am I. Think of it as your play dough (my three year-old does when he knows I’m mixing a batch). You can create any kind of dish with this dough from pizza to braids, sandwich bread, cinnamon rolls and more. I’ve experimented a long while with this versatile dough. Visit my Artisan Dough 101 post to read more about the different items I’ve made. It’s the most frugal way to make healthy bread and it keeps in the refrigerator up to a week!

Visit my chicken braid post to see a tutorial of cutting and crossing the strips (don’t be intimidated~the strips don’t have to be equal in size or braided. They just criss-cross and turn out pretty). My original recipe used brioche dough with butter, but the one above is a white whole wheat canola oil dough recipe.

There are many ideas that run though my head every time I make one of these. Here are some of them:

  • taco braid: leftover taco meat and cheese, serve with lettuce, salsa, sour cream
  • Italian chicken braid: leftover chicken, mozzarella cheese and broccoli
  • Meatball stroboli: leftover meatballs, sauce and mozzarella
  • Pepperoni stromboli: Pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, mozzarella, sauce
  • Ham and swiss braid: Ham, swiss, mustard poppy seed

It’s easy to have a cup or two of leftover ham and turkey during the holidays and this is a fantastic way to use in a creative, tasty way. Freeze your meat in one or two cup portions with a little broth. Thaw the night before and make a braid. Or use the cold water thawing method if you’re in a pinch.

It’s like a homemade hot pocket…

What are your braid ideas? This is linked to holiday feast link up at $5 dollar dinners

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