Years ago, while flipping through a Pampered Chef cookbook, I came across a recipe that I just had to try. It includes a handful of my favorite ingredients, including chicken, broccoli, cheese, red pepper, and garlic, but in reality, the recipe had me at "crescent rolls." Please tell me I am not the only one who thinks they must put crack in Pillsbury Crescent Rolls because they are so darn addictive? Anyone? Well, anyway, I LOVE them so I had to try making the Chicken Broccoli Bread Braid!
It was every bit as good as I hoped! The cookbook recommended it as a brunch dish, but we often ate it for dinner as well, and it quickly became one of my go-to meals!
Over time I've made a few tweaks to the recipe. Then about a year ago I made one big change, or should I say one small change - I realized this would be perfect for serving at parties or potlucks if made in individual serving sizes.
The bread braid form is perfect for serving family meals, but I wanted to find a way to make it easier to serve to large groups at parties and potlucks. Rather than creating one long, braided crust around all of the filling, I simply place a heaping spoonful of the filling on each of the individual crescent rolls, and then wrap them up to create single serving sized "pockets."
When I prepare chicken and broccoli pockets for parties or potlucks, I typically like to make two dozen.
CHICKEN & BROCCOLI POCKETS (makes 24)
3 pkgs refrigerated crescent roll dough (8 per pkg)
1 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
3 large cans of canned white meat chicken
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 garlic clove, pressed
3 tsp dried dill weed
1/3 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and cover two cookie sheets in foil (my preferred method for quick, easy cleanup). Combine all of the ingredients in one large bowl. Open the cans of crescent rolls and separate the dough into the individual triangles. Start with one triangle, stretching it gently to make the triangle larger without tearing the dough. Lay the dough triangle on the cookie sheet and place a heaping spoonful of the filling in the widest part of the triangle. While there is no right way to wrap it up from here, I have come up with my own preferred method that minimizes the amount of filling spillage. Since a picture is always worth a thousand words, let me show you how I wrap them rather than describing it.