Being a new mother means I spend a lot of time holding a baby and leaning on my phone (and subsequently, Facebook) to communicate with the outside world. An ongoing trend has been people sharing how-to recipe videos by places like Tasty and BuzzFeed, and boy do I love those. Not only do I love them, I love experimenting and making them my own. One day I saw a video for a pizza braid. It was pizza crust, pepperoni, cheese and sauce. I decided to use sausage instead of pepperoni and it turned out great. Then I decided to try a taco braid, with taco seasoned ground beef, salsa and cheese. It was just as delicious.
I am here today to tell you about neither of these. It will be easy enough for you to figure out how to alter it to your liking if you want to try them later. The one I’m making today is one I could only try when my dearest husband was in Canada, because he doesn’t like chicken. I love chicken. Even more, I love taking a rotisserie chicken that I pick up from Kroger and turning it into something special. That’s just what I did today.
This is easy, fun, and you can even get kids to help you. If, you know, they’re mobile. As for me, I got help in the form of a baby who talked and chattered to me the whole time. I win.
BARBECUE CHICKEN BRAID
1 roll pizza crust dough
1 rotisserie chicken meat without skin, shredded and/or chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
barbecue sauce to taste
3 green onions, chopped (white and green parts)
1 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup shredded cheese
First things first. Preheat your oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough as thin as you can get it until it covers most of the sheet. You don’t want it to be too thick or it won’t get very done on the inside and that’s kind of gross.
Mix the chicken with the spices and as much barbecue sauce as you want. More will obviously make it saucier, so it depends on whether you want it dry or what. Then spread all but about 1/2 cup of the mixture on the middle third (lengthwise) of the pizza crust. Sprinkle the green onions on top of there, then cover with 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese. You can use whatever you like. I opted for cheddar, though a cheddar jack or pepper jack would be good too.
Once it’s all piled on, slice small lines on one side of the pizza dough, like the picture below. Then turn it around and you will start to do the other side. I actually do the second side as I braid so I have the same amount of ribbons to braid, but I suppose you could count too.
Now it’s time to braid. You will cut the end ribbons off of the end, leaving only the middle piece that will be folded over and start the braid. Then just fold the ribbons over each other from each side like so:
Once you get to the end, you won’t use the last two ribbons but will cut them and fold the end piece over, and it will look like this:
Bake for fifteen minutes or until it’s golden brown and bubbly. You won’t regret this. Slice it up with a pizza cutter and serve nice and warm!