Summer time means eating anything and everything with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. This BLT Chicken Braid is a great lunch or easy dinner idea.
Did I throw you for a loop today? I know you are used to seeing sugar laden recipes here, not recipes full of veggies and bacon. Things are pretty crazy! Not only do I have a lunch/dinner recipe, but it has bacon in it. Can I tell you something without getting smacked? I don’t actually like bacon. (shrinks away)
Ok, that can’t be entirely true because I love BLT sandwiches in the summer.
There is just something about a fresh bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on a hot summer day. So, I guess I do like bacon to some degree. It just has to be with other things. You will never find me just chowing down on bacon by itself.
We had a package of bacon in the refrigerator, and for some strange reason I got the desire to make a fun new lunch recipe for you using some of that bacon. That doesn’t happen very often. The dinner ideas and me eating bacon, so I had to make and photograph this recipe right away. And because bacon has to have lettuce and tomato, I added them to the top to make the braid pretty.
You can seriously have this BLT Chicken Braid on your table in under 30 minutes. You mix together bacon, cheese, chicken, and mayonnaise and spread that down the middle of crescent dough. If you can find the crescent roll sheets, it is easier, but the crescent rolls work just as well. Open the can, lay the dough out on a baking sheet, and press all the seams together.
Before you spread the filling on the dough, cut strips on either side of the dough, but do not go all the way to the center. Leave about a 3-4 inch section in the middle free from cuts. Spread out the filling and then criss cross your strips over the filling creating a braid. Do not forget the pinch together the ends, so your filling doesn’t melt out. Pop it in the oven for 20 minutes and lunch is ready. Go ahead and chop your lettuce and tomato while it is baking, so your braid doesn’t cool off too much.
After it came out of the oven, I cut ours into 8 pieces, but do not expect that to serve 8 people. Once you start eating the warm flakey pastry with the BLT flavors, you will want to keep the braid all to yourself. With 3 kids who love bacon, we didn’t have any trouble making this braid disappear.
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