Servings : 2-3 medium loafs
The chicken bread is one of my favourite braided and stuffed breads. Below are the step by step instructions with pics on how to make the recipe.
Ingredients for Dough
- 4 cups all purpose/plain flour
- 1 tbsp. instant yeast
- 2 tbsp. powdered milk (optional)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 tbsp. oil
- 1 egg (plus 1 for glazing)
- 1 tsp. castor sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (to reduce any yeasty smell)
Ingredients for Chicken Filling
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups chicken boiled and shredded (250-300 gm when uncooked)
- 1 medium or 2 small onion chopped finely
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 2 tbsp. coriander leaves
- 4 chopped green chillies
- 1 tsp. garam masala powder
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup milk
- sesame seeds as required
For the Filling
Heat 2 tbsp. butter fry onion till soft then add 2 tbsp. flour with 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garam masala.
Add the milk, cook till thick, mix in the shredded chicken add chopped green chilies and coriander leaves, remove and cool completely.
The filling will look like this: Creamy Chicken Filling
For the Dough
In a bowl mix together 4 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. castor sugar, 2 tbsp. milk powder, 1 tbsp. yeast, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 4 tbsp. oil and 1 egg, knead to a medium soft dough with slightly warm water, leave to rise for 1 hour. Divide the dough into two or three depending on how big you want the loaves. Proceed with viewing the subsequent steps to see how the bread is shaped.
STEP 1: Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Brush some softened butter over it.
Although the recipe doesn’t call for it, I normally dab a touch of butter to this to make it ultra-yummy. 🙂
STEP 2: Put your filling in the center of the rectangle and make slits on both of the longer sides.
STEP 3: Start bringing the topmost slit ends across from each other alternately
STEP 4: Keep going, remember to alternate, like a crisscross fashion. Left to right…right to left.
STEP 5: This is how it will look as you get further down the bread with the crossing of the sides/braiding.
STEP 6: When you reach the end, leave a tail at the bottom, just for the appearance. You can just tuck everything neatly in if you like, but I prefer to have that bit of a tail at the bottom of the loaf. 🙂
STEP 7: Grease a tray and place your breads. The recipe says to make 2 loaves but I prefer dividing it into three and making three average sized loaves. That is up to your preference!
STEP 8: Apply egg-wash and sprinkle the sesame seeds…then bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for about 25 minutes or until done.
(Egg-wash means to beat an egg with a tsp. of water then brush it all over your bread)
Here’s a twist to the chicken bread, you can make them in baby size too…this is how they look before baking.
FINAL RESULT: Voila! Enjoy your delicious chicken bread!!
Right after taking out of the oven apply butter well on whole bread and let it rest covered with a cloth for 2-3 min to soften the bread completely.
I always make big batches of chicken bread at a go and then wrap them well in cling film or foil, then put them in some sort of a cellophane bag and tie it up tight and freeze. They can keep up to 4 weeks! When you need one, you just thaw it out overnight in the fridge or keep it out on the counter until it’s thawed out, then unwrap and zap it in the micro for a minute or so until it warms up, and then splash a little bit of water using your fingertips on it and put it in the oven for about 5 minutes to freshen it back up. Becomes as good as new! 🙂
Hi. Does it matter if I let
Hi. Does it matter if I let the bread dough rest for more than an hour?
Hi, once the dough doubles in
Hi, once the dough doubles in volume it is best to use it right away. The longer you store it the more the yeast gets activated and you will end up with a very yeasty smelling dough/bread.
Salams! When i freeze these
Salams! When i freeze these,what should i do if i dont have a microwave?
W/Salaam, preheat your oven,
W/Salaam, preheat your oven, brush the bread with a bit of milk and warm it up in there. Make sure the bread comes to room temperature or is not frozen solid when you put it in the oven.
Jezakallah khair! I will
Jezakallah khair! I will surely make dua for you during this blessed month!
I am following all the steps but mine wont turn out brow and shiny like yours. I dont know where i am going wrong,
Hi, depends on your oven
Hi, depends on your oven heating…sounds like it doesn’t give enough heat from the top. If your oven has a separate grill setting then turn the top grill on during the final minutes of baking to colour the bread.
i want to make dis bread today but with ur spicy keema filling can u plz tel me how many baby bread wil serve 250 gmz keema..plzzz plzzzz replay sooon
W/Salaam. Hard to say really,
W/Salaam. Hard to say really, it depends on how much you fill the buns.
and instead of eggwash what
and instead of eggwash what shld i brush for nice golden colr
You could brush it with milk.
You could brush it with milk.
how many pounds of boneless
how many pounds of boneless chicken breast is 2 cups of shredded chicken?
A little less than a pound.
A little less than a pound. Cook the chicken, shred and then measure.
Assalam o alaikum fuzia first
Assalam o alaikum fuzia first of all thank you so much for this recipe. I just made it for aftar and turned out very delicious. Only one thing I dont like it that my bread was little crispy from the tail and from the uppar part. What you think did I cook longer? I cooked at 400 f about 40 mints because I want the same colour which you have on your bread. I got the color but little hard 🙁
W/Salaam, 40 minutes is way
W/Salaam, 40 minutes is way too long and that is why the bread turned hard. Check your oven settings to see if you need to turn on the top grill separately and do that instead of overbaking next time. 🙂
Also I have some leftover
Also I have some leftover dough. Plz tell me how to save the dough.
You can make rolls and bake
You can make rolls and bake them or pizza bases just make sure to half-bake and then freeze.
hello fauzia..many times I
hello fauzia..many times I made pizza dough n it went awesome…but today I prepared the dough with a same recipie n it dint rise…I think water is hot..i used 1 1/2 tsp yeast n 2 tsp sugar…I kept it in aoven for about 9 hrs n it dint rise as it it rose perfct bfr in 2 hrs..
den I placed a dough in the fridge n I ll make stuffed bread by a pizza dough recipie…is it ok?..any tip for dough ll get well when bake?
n I hve a gas oven so at what heat (low,medium,low to medium, medium to high) should I bake the chicken bread n for how many minutes bcox last time my bread became too hard? I used different recipie bfr but this time I m using pizza dough recipie..
thanku..waiting for your reply..have to prepare in the morning
Hi, yes the yeast must have
Hi, yes the yeast must have not worked, no dough would take 9 hours to rise. Please change your yeast and try again. Also avoid overbaking the bread and make sure your oven is preheated before starting. The dough has to be well kneaded and very soft too.
in a gas oven can v hav only
in a gas oven can v hav only down burner option n upper is for griller …so how to bake the bread
Sorry have never used that
Sorry have never used that kind of oven so am not sure what is the best way to work with it.
Slms, how are u? Hope doing
Slms, how are u? Hope doing well.. Please can u tell me how many chicken does this recipe need? As u hve written 1 1/2 – 2 cups of chicken.. Exact chicken measurement before shredding or boiling it..
W/Salaam, please refer to
W/Salaam, please refer to some of the previous comments.
Aoa, I’ve tried anything like
Aoa, I’ve tried anything like this for the first time and it was awesome… Everyone loved it… But the bread was a bit hard… Why is that?…. Well thank you for this amazing recipe.
W/Salaam, thank you. Could be
W/Salaam, thank you. Could be that the dough was not kneaded soft enough or the bread was baked for longer than the recommended time. Please refer to my note on how to achieve soft breads, it is in the Tips & Tricks section of this website.
A.A made the chicken bread
A.A made the chicken bread and your lentille soup…it was more than AMAZINGGG…
thnx for ur recipes ..mashaAllah…
A.s.a. fauzia can it be made
A.s.a. fauzia can it be made without oven
Yes you can use the stove-top
Yes you can use the stove-top method of baking.
Why do some people use Aica
Why do some people use Aica powder with yeast ?
Sorry I do not know what that
Sorry I do not know what that is.
Hi fouzia….i try ur chicken
Hi fouzia….i try ur chicken bread today…but after baking my bread comes out to be hard….i apply butter but it is not soft enough…and i have gas oven i want to know for making this bread i will open lower gas grill or upper or both??? Ply rply me fast i want to make it for iftar for my guests…i try ur recipes really love themm:) God bless u
Hi, be sure to knead the
Hi, be sure to knead the dough well and make it really soft. The softer the better. I do not have an oven that has separate settings for top and bottom, mine just automatically gives off heat all around. But you can try with first the bottom then the top from midway.
I would like to know if its possible to half the recipe as I dont want to make so many loaves. I prefer not to freeze any left overs. Jazak-Allah
W/Salaam, yes you can.
W/Salaam, yes you can.
Hi Fauzia… I tried your
Hi Fauzia… I tried your recipe and it’s great.. I added some mushrooms to make it a creamy chicken and mushroom filling and it is amazing definitely takes it a notch higher! Thanks for the recipe
Can i bake the bread in
Can i bake the bread in microwave somehow?
I personally have not tried
I personally have not tried it so I cannot recommend the correct time and temp when using a microwave.