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Chicken Cheese Stuffed Braided Bread – Stuffed Pizza Recipe

Soft buttery bread stuffed with chicken and cheese…

This is a delightful dish that combines the savory flavors of chicken and cheese encased in a soft, bread-like exterior. This dish is essentially a type of stuffed bread or pizza where a flavorful filling of seasoned chicken and cheese is rolled or stuffed into a soft bread dough before baking.

Making the dough is similar to making pizza dough, however, in this one egg & butter are also added. Perfectly fermented dough is stuffed with chicken filling & cheese, made into a fish-shape or like braids & baked till golden brown.

This is a complete dish & is perfect for any parties or special occasions.

Chicken Cheese Stuffed Fish Shaped Braided Bread - Stuffed Pizza Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
For making dough
  • All-purpose flour- 4 cups
  • Milk- 2 tbsp
  • Sugar- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Instant active yeast- 2 tsp
  • Egg- 1
  • Water- 1½ cups
  • Butter, softened- 2 tbsp
For making chicken filling
  • Chicken, boneless diced small- 2 chicken breasts
  • Paprika- 1 tsp (or add chili powder for more spice)
  • Cumin powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Onions, chopped- 3, medium-sized
  • Chicken bouillon cube- 1
  • Tomato paste- 3 tbsp
  • Soy sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup- 1 tbsp
  • Chili sauce- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 3 tbsp
Other ingredients
  • Cheese, grated
  • Butter, softened- 2 tbsp
  • Egg yolk, beaten- 1
Making the dough
  1. For making the dough I've taken 4 cups of all-purpose flour, which will make 2 stuffed bread.
  2. For making 1 stuffed bread, just half the recipe.
  3. I made the dough in a stand mixer with dough hook attachment.
  4. To the stand mixer bowl, add the flour, milk, sugar, salt, instant yeast & egg.
  5. Knead for 2 minutes at speed 2.
  6. Add water & knead at speed 2 for 4 to 5 minutes till the dough is smooth & forms a ball.
  7. Halfway through, using a silicone spatula scrape the sides of the bowl for even mixing.
  8. Add softened butter 2 tbsp & knead for 2 more minutes.
  9. This dough will be very sticky. Don't add more dough & make it into a hard dough.
  10. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen cloth & proof for an hour.
  11. If living in a cold place, preheat the oven to 200 F for 3 minutes, turn off the oven & keep the bowl with the dough in the oven & let proof for an hour.
  12. If living in a warm place, keep the bowl on the counter top for an hour.
Making chicken filling
  1. In the meantime, let's make the chicken filling.
  2. Use boneless chicken breast or thighs for making the filling.
  3. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add the chicken.
  4. Add paprika, cumin powder & salt, combine well.
  5. Paprika is very mild, if you like the filling to be spicy add chili powder instead.
  6. Cook covered for a few minutes, liquid will ooze out of the chicken, let the chicken cook in that liquid.
  7. After the liquid has dried out, add 2 tbsp oil & stir fry till chicken turns slightly brown.
  8. Using a wooden spatula, gently break the chicken to small pieces.
  9. Don't stir fry till chicken turns dry.
  10. Keep aside the cooked chicken.
  11. To the same pan, add chopped onions, saute for a few minutes till chicken turns golden in color.
  12. Add chicken bouillon cube, combine well & cook for 2 minutes.
  13. Add tomato paste, combine well & cook for 2 minutes.
  14. Add soy sauce, tomato ketchup, combine well & cook for 2 minutes.
  15. Add the cooked chicken & combine well, cook for 2 minutes.
  16. Finally, garnish with chopped cilantro.
  17. Take the pan off the heat & keep it covered.
  18. This chicken filling tastes absolutely delish.
Stuffing the bread & Baking
  1. After an hour, the dough will be proofed perfectly.
  2. The dough will be very sticky.
  3. On a clean countertop or large steel plate dust with some flour.
  4. Using a silicone spatula, take the dough out of the bowl (taking the dough using your hands, dough will stick to your hands) & place it on the floured surface.
  5. Dust some more flour & knead it well using your hands.
  6. Don't make into a firm dough, it has to be very soft.
  7. Half the dough using a pizza cutter & knead into 2 large dough balls.
  8. If it's very sticky add some more flour & knead well till you can work with the dough.
  9. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough ball to an elongated shape.
  10. Transfer the rolled dough to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  11. Spread cheese on the middle of the rolled dough, leave some space on both the ends for braiding.
  12. Spread chicken filling over the cheese & spread cheese on the chicken filling.
  13. Using a knife make stripes on both the ends, this is to braid the dough.
  14. We are going to braid the dough like fish shaped.
  15. Take the dough stripes from both the sides and place them over the filling, braid the dough.
  16. Towards the end, leave the dough as it is so it looks like a fish tail, using a knife make cuts on the tail part to resemble a fish tail.
  17. if you're making 2 breads, repeat the same process & stuff the other bead as well.
  18. For the fish eyes, place a whole peppercorn on the topmost braid.
  19. In a bowl, separate the egg yolk from the egg white.
  20. We'll be only using the egg yolk, beat it well using a fork.
  21. Using a pastry brush, spread the egg yolk all over the dough.
  22. Egg yolk will impart a beautiful golden brown color to the bread.
  23. Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400 F.
  24. Place the baking sheet on the center rack.
  25. Bake for 30 minutes or till the bread has turned golden brown in color.
  26. Take the baking sheet from the oven.
  27. Immediately, spread 1 tbsp unsalted butter all over the bread, don't skip this step. This will impart a nice shine & taste to the bread.
  28. Cover the stuffed bread with an aluminum foil & let rest for 15 minutes.
  29. While serving, using a bread knife or pizza cutter cut into wedges.
  30. Enjoy this delicious chicken cheese stuffed bread, the bread tastes better than the pizza dough, has a slightly sweet & buttery taste & is very soft.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...