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Old 03-07-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
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Chicken Broccoli Braid (with pics)

I finally got around to trying the Pampered Chef Chicken Broccoli Braid filling recipe using a tweaked version of the crust from Over50Mom's Carbquik Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. I posted in that thread, but I figured I'd also post it separately because the other thread is for a sweet dish, whereas this is a main dish.
It was quite tasty!


Crust: (The original recipe calls for 2 cups of Carbquik, and no almond flour, VWG or pastry flour, so you can certainly use all Carbquik if you prefer. This is just what I do to reduce the Carbquik twang.)


DOUGH:
3 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/4 cups Carbquik
1/2 cup almond flour
2 Tbsp. vital wheat gluten
2 Tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbsp. cream
1 Tbsp. water

Mix everything together in the food processor until incorporated. Can be made ahead and chilled. Remove from fridge at least 1/2 hour before rolling out. I rolled it out on parchment paper covered by plastic wrap. Then once it was filled and shaped, it was easy to transfer the braid, parchment paper and all, onto a large cookie sheet.

This picture shows how to do the "braid" except I had so much filling, the crust couldn't cover it!


Filling: (Can also be made ahead, however I wouldn't assemble the braid until you are ready to cook.)

3 cups cooked chopped chicken or turkey
1 1/2 cups raw broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup mayo
2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix together all filling ingredients. Put on rolled out dough and fill, as in cream cheese coffee cake recipe.
Brush filled dough with 1 beaten egg white, and sprinkle with garlic powder and sliced or slivered almonds.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes at 375.

Here is the braid ready to go in the oven.


And the finished product.


This recipe prompted me to figure out how to attach photos to a post, because I know I love to see pics! Enjoy!
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:41 AM   #2
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This looks wonderful thanks for the pics
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Wow, that is a work of art!!! It looks like it would be filling too. I need some carbquick!! Thanks for posting the pictures, I love it when I see a recipe that includes one!!!
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This looks fabulous..I have had the "original" and it is wonderful..It's nice us LCers can enjoy a LC version..Thanks.
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Cathy this looks delicious!
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OMG, I think I'm in , this looks GORGEOUS!!! I just got home from work and am starving, I'm drooling right now. For some reason I cannot see Over50Mom's pictures, so now I can picture her danish. How many servings does this make, 6-8 (supposedly)? This is going in my Recipe folder right now. Thank you SO much!
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How many servings? Well...um... :blush: the original recipe would have you believe it makes 10 servings. Not in my house! For us it's more like 6 servings. It would depend on what you had for sides. We just usually have a salad with it. But if I was feeding more people, I would serve another side dish too.
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That is a thing of beauty! Looks exactly like a HC pastry. Nicely done.
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Yay!!! I was hoping for a savory recipe to this! Cathy, your pictures and recipe look fabulous. What an awesome job! I'll bet there were no leftovers, I know there wouldn't be in my home!

Yum! Thanks for experimenting and posting!
Well, actually, we got two meals out of it, but that's only because there were only 3 of us here both nights!

I'm so glad I figured out how to post pictures, because I've sure enjoyed looking at the pics of the incredible goodies you come up with, Gary.
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That is a thing of beauty! Looks exactly like a HC pastry. Nicely done.
Thanks, Lauren! Coming from you, that's high praise. I am so impressed with your creative recipes, and of course, your gorgeous food photography!

I think the crust for this would make a great pie crust. It has a similar texture. I love chocolate cream pie. Maybe I'll try it one of these days!
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Looks super duper - how clever! This sounds like a lovely meal, so I'm scribbling down your recipe for future reference.

I bet the pastry would be good with a fruit filling too - such as 4 cups of half thinly sliced apples and chayotes (to cut carbs), pre-cooked until semi-soft, drained and tossed with cinnamon, Splenda, a little lemon juice and butter and used as the filling. Of course, that's just my sweet tooth running away with my imagination again.
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Looks super duper - how clever! This sounds like a lovely meal, so I'm scribbling down your recipe for future reference.

I bet the pastry would be good with a fruit filling too - such as 4 cups of half thinly sliced apples and chayotes (to cut carbs), pre-cooked until semi-soft, drained and tossed with cinnamon, Splenda, a little lemon juice and butter and used as the filling. Of course, that's just my sweet tooth running away with my imagination again.
oh, yeah, or even a chocolatey filling! yum!
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Looks super duper - how clever! This sounds like a lovely meal, so I'm scribbling down your recipe for future reference.

I bet the pastry would be good with a fruit filling too - such as 4 cups of half thinly sliced apples and chayotes (to cut carbs), pre-cooked until semi-soft, drained and tossed with cinnamon, Splenda, a little lemon juice and butter and used as the filling. Of course, that's just my sweet tooth running away with my imagination again.
Well, that's actually how this all started! Over50Mom posted a Carbquik Cream Cheese Danish that many of us added a fruit filling to. It looked like a Pampered Chef Chicken Broccoli Braid, so I tweaked the crust. But I bet you could make an "apple" pie with the chayote filling you mentioned. I don't care for apple pie, so I'd be more likely to try chocolate cream pie.

BTW Jennifer, I bought several of your cookbooks years ago and enjoy them. It's so nice to have you here on the boards sharing your expertise and wisdom! I'm looking forward to trying your "good bread" recipe after reading the whole huge thread last weekend.
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lol Thanks, Cap57.

I learn a lot here too, believe me! One is never too old to learn something new is what my mother-in-law always says and she is right!
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Could this be applied to future crescent roll substitutions?

I used to be a Pampered Chef consultant, and this recipe was HIGH in my requested repertoire. I MISS THIS DISH! I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT!

That being said, Pampered Chef has several other recipes for these braids, or rings, with different fillings (such as taco fillings, cheeseburger fillings, etc)---all with an original pre-packaged crescent roll refrigerated dough crust. Have you really discovered the substitution for refrigerated crescent roll dough??? Do you think the "crust" recipe will work for the other dishes, too?
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I used to be a Pampered Chef consultant, and this recipe was HIGH in my requested repertoire. I MISS THIS DISH! I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT!

That being said, Pampered Chef has several other recipes for these braids, or rings, with different fillings (such as taco fillings, cheeseburger fillings, etc)---all with an original pre-packaged crescent roll refrigerated dough crust. Have you really discovered the substitution for refrigerated crescent roll dough??? Do you think the "crust" recipe will work for the other dishes, too?
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marinator! Pampered Chef has some awesome recipes! The chicken broccoli braid, bacon tomato cups, and cool veggie pizza are the ones that have been most requested from my family. My 23yo DD has also impressed her boyfriend and his family by making them. They think she is an incredible cook! She uses the regular crescent roll versions.

This recipe has the texture of pie crust more than crescent roll dough. But as a vehicle for holding in all the yummy fillings, it works great. My DH, 20yo DD, and I all follow LC, and we thought it was delicious. As you can probably tell, if you used to be a consultant, I have increased the filling amounts by 50% because I wanted a greater ratio of filling to crust.

I haven't tried any of the other filling variations, but I don't see why they wouldn't work. Now that I'm thinking of it, I would love to try the bacon tomato cups with this crust. If you try this or any PC recipes, be sure to post your results!
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any ideas for a substitute for the wheat pastry flour? if not, where can you buy that from? thanks, your results are outstanding!
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any ideas for a substitute for the wheat pastry flour? if not, where can you buy that from? thanks, your results are outstanding!
I get it at my grocery store, Hodgson Mill brand. You could probably sub oat flour, or just omit it and add extra almond flour or Carbquik.
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Wow.. my two favorite things! Chicken and broccoli!!! It is beautiful.

I bet it would be good without the crust; just the filling in a casserole dish topped with slivered almonds. (For those of us too lazy to make the pastry and also to cut carbs).
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Wow, thanks so much for bumping, Mac24312. I've never seen this but I'll bet I make it now. Errr, make that a little later down the road, maybe a couple of wks.
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That looks like a delicious main course. For dessert I'd like what's in your avatar.

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That looks like a delicious main course. For dessert I'd like what's in your avatar.

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