Chicken & Swiss Crescent Braid

crescent braid

Though this looks complicated, it’s really not…and it turns out looking like you slaved over it! It does take about 20-30 minutes of prep, though, depending on how many of your ingredients you still need to chop, so give yourself plenty of time.

Speaking of chopping up ingredients, are you using one of these food choppers? Because if you’re not, run out and buy one today. It’s a HUGE time-saver. I think they’re also available at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

¾ lb cooked chicken, chopped (2¼ cups) – the original recipe calls for ham, but I’ve always used chicken because ham is gross.
1 cup finely chopped broccoli (you can thaw frozen or cook fresh and use it)
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
4 oz (or so!) of fresh sliced mushrooms (the recipe calls for 4.5 oz jar mushrooms, but I’m anti-canned mushrooms – sorry, Sonya!)
½ cup light mayonnaise
1 Tbl. Honey mustard
2 (8 oz) cans of Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Rolls (I always use reduced fat)
1 egg white, beaten

Heat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Combine first 6 ingredients and mix well.

Unroll both cans of dough. Place dough long sides together on cookie sheet, forming a 15×12 inch rectangle. Press edges and perforations to seal.

Spread mixture in a 6-inch strip lengthwise down the center of dough. Make cuts about 1½ inches apart on long sides of dough to within ½ inch of filling. Twisting each strip once, alternately cross strips over filling. Tuck short ends under and press to seal. Brush with egg white.

Bake 25-35 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 5 minutes and cut crosswise into slices.

** Make sure it’s pretty dark golden brown, because often the center doesn’t get done and can be a little doughy! If that’s the case, cut it in half and put it back in the oven for a couple of minutes.

The kids will eat this if they don’t have a big mushroom in their bites! They don’t mind chopped up broccoli.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jan
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 12:41:56

    Hey! I used to make something like this years and years ago (probably back before I had kids)! It was shaped like a ring instead of a braid but it was the same thing.

    I’ll have to do that again soon. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.


  2. kcjayhawk
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 12:44:13

    yum. that looks good.


  3. sistersara
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 15:12:57

    I agree ham is gross
    And i would have to make half of this without mushrooms – as i think they are gross too – but my husband likes them.

    this looks like a good weekend meal for me – (more time!)

    Will try it soon!!


  4. Nana Jo
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 17:49:33

    I know you made this a long time ago when we visited; I was impressed, and it tasted great! I’m going to make it–with chicken–although we LOVE ham! (However, I just made Sonya’s ham spaghetti tonight.)


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