Thursday, April 7, 2011

Creamy Chicken Calzone-ish dish

So, this dish is inspired by Tamara who has a meal that includes bread,chicken, cream cheese, and a sauce. But her recipe calls for a few things that hurt my tummy (dang lactose intolerance!), so I made up something that was somewhere in the ballpark of her meal.
(Except it looks and tastes much different.)

So, here it is:
A Creamy Chicken Calzone-ish Dish

Start by making a basic bread dough. I use half white and half wheat flour just so its a little more fibrous and heart healthy.
Cut the dough in half and let one half rise into rolls or bread or whatever you want.

Roll the other half of the dough into a flat, almost cinnamon roll/pizza crust shape. Slice downward diagonal slices coming from both sides leaving about a 6 inch strip of unsliced dough in the middle where your creamy chicken mix will go. You'll be braiding the connected sliced strips over the middle in a minute. Does that make sense?

Next, gather these ingredients and blend them altogether by hand or by mixer
(While the oven is preheating to 350 degrees):

1 big head of broccoli Florettes (chopped up into tiny pieces)
3 medium carrots (grated)
1 bunch green onions (sliced into small pieces)
1-2 cans of shredded chicken (drained) or 1-2 shredded chicken breasts
1 (8 oz) brick of cream cheese (I use Neuftachel cheese since its lower in fat/calories/lactose)
about 1 tsp salt
about 1 tsp pepper
about 1 Tbsp garlic powder
about 3 Tbsp parsley

Spoon the creamy chicken mixture onto your bread dough and fold the sliced parts over the chicken as if you're braiding hair until the whole chicken mixture is covered.

Brush butter over the top, sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic, and parsley over the top of it, and bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

While it is cooking, make a sauce.
Here's what I did--and it was scrumptious:
In a small sauce pan combine and boil:
2 cubes of chicken bouillon
1 1/2 cups water

Add a rue of 1 Tbsp butter, 1/2 cup cold water + 1/2 cup flour mixed

Add 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp mustard powder
Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low to thicken sauce

Serve the sauce over the baked chicken-bread thing :)
My boys and hubby love love loved it!
Let me know what you think!?

P.S. Don't forget to bake the leftover bread dough...:)

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