This Chicken Braid is a fun twist on chicken cordon bleu. It looks impressive and tastes amazing, yet it’s super simple to assemble which makes it a perfect weeknight dinner! Chicken, ham, and cheese all wrapped up in a warm, freshly baked bread braid is sure to make everyone in the family happy!
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You guys the weeknight dinner time rush is real isn’t it? It doesn’t seem to matter how much I plan dinner time is always hectic. It’s a miracle if all 5 of us are home and able to eat at the same time.
Quick and easy meals like Chicken Braided Bread is exactly the kind of recipes that help me survive the craziness! You know what else is great about it? It can be warmed up in the microwave for the stragglers.
I’ve had a few people tell me their families won’t eat microwaved leftovers and they won’t eat leftovers. Ummm…they’d pretty much go hungry at my house! Hey, I’m just keeping it real here! Leftovers are a huge part of my life!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Braid is a great weeknight meal!
Now obviously Chicken Cordon Bleu Braid is better when it’s piping hot right out of the oven. There’s nothing like that fresh bread smell, especially without all the effort of having to make it! Rhodes bread has become one of my favorite go-to staples.
- I serve Rhodes rolls with dinner
- Rhodes rolls are perfect for making sliders (Wrangler Roast Beef Sliders, Pepperoni Pizza Sliders, Breakfast Sliders, Turkey Cranberry Sliders, and Ham and Swiss Sliders)
- Rhodes French Artisan Baguettes are a quick and easy start to delicious sandwiches (Italian Chicken Bacon Sandwiches)
- Cinnamon Rolls and Orange Rolls are the easiest breakfast!
How do I make that braid?
Braids are pretty and they look difficult, but here’s the deal…they are the easiest thing to make!
- Roll risen Rhodes bread dough into a rectangle
- Cut 1” strips down both long sides of the rectangle
- Layer your filling ingredients in the middle
- Crisscross strips over the filling. There will be gaps but don’t worry about that. As the dough bakes it will rise a little more and fill some of those gaps in. There will be a few gaps left and that’s perfectly okay!
- Brush and egg wash on top to make it glossy and golden.
- Sprinkle extras over the top (crushed stuffing crumbs, sesame seeds, cheese, or whatever else you want)
You are going to be surprised at how easy is to braid them. Everyone will be impressed too!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Braid only takes a handful of ingredients
- 1 loaf of Rhodes frozen bread dough
- Chicken – rotisserie, leftover grilled, shredded or diced
- Ham – deli ham, or diced ham
- Swiss cheese – shredded or sliced
- Chicken Stuffing Mix -crushed
You’re going to want this sauce to serve with the braid.
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Sour Cream
- Dijon Mustard
- Parmesan Cheese
Let me just give you a little disclaimer: I know some of you would never touch cream of chicken soup with a ten foot pole. I know it’s not homemade. I totally get that. But…when you are in a hurry (and when aren’t you in a hurry) a can of cream of chicken soup is a game changer! And this sauce is downright tasty!
If you are an overachiever and want to make your own sauce from scratch I’ve included a recipe for you in my Chicken Cordon Bleu Quesadillas! Have at it!
Here’s my second disclaimer of the day: When bloggers take photos we always try to make sure our hands look nice and clean. You know so people would want to eat the food we are taking a picture of. Well, this picture has a picture of my 17 year olds hands. He’s a grease monkey and is always mechanic-ing on some old vehicle.
In fact, his piano teacher asked him to wash his hands before he touched her piano. His hands are actually scrubbed and as clean as they are going to get! Promise! That’s just the way your hands look after you’ve changed the oil, milked cows, pitched hay, and cut wood with a chainsaw!
Oh, and that shot of his hand in the photo looks completely out of portion because his hands are so stinking big. It’s not out of portion. That’s really how big his mits are!
What to serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu Braid!
- Simple Spinach, Lemon, and Parmesan Orzo
- Buttery Garlic and Bacon Peas
- Tomato and Herb Salad
- Salad with Simple French Dressing
- Orange Balsamic Spinach Pasta Salad
- No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Braid has all the yumminess of diced chicken, gooey cheese, and savory ham all wrapped up in freshly baked bread! If that’s not enough it has crunchy crushed up stuffing crumbs on top! It’s a bit like the icing on the cake! So yummy!
Get the recipe!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Braid
- 1 loaf Rhodes frozen bread dough thawed as package directs
- 2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
- deli ham
- 1-2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. dry chicken stuffing mix
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 T. dijon mustard
- 3 T. parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 3-4 T. milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or grease.
- Roll frozen dough into a rectangle, about 9" x 12". Place on baking sheet. Cut 1" strips from the edges of the dough to about 1/3 of the way to the center on both sides. Cut strips all the way up the long side of the dough.
- Place deli ham down the center of the bread.
- Sprinkle chicken over ham.
- Sprinkle with Swiss cheese.
- Cross strips over filling to create a braid.
- Whisk egg and brush it on the braid. Crush dry stuffing mix until it's crumbly and sprinkle over egg wash.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes.
- While braid is baking make this super easy sauce for serving the Chicken Cordon Bleu Braid with.
- In a saucepan warm up sour cream, cream of chicken soup, parmesan, mustard, and thyme. Add enough milk to make it a good consistency.
- Cut braid in slices and serve with sauce!