Summer time means eating anything and everything with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. This BLT Chicken Braid is a great lunch or easy dinner idea for busy days.
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(pictures updated May 2017)
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 or dinner recipe for you, but it has bacon in it.
Can I tell you something without getting smacked or things thrown at my head? I don’t actually like bacon. Ok, that can’t be entirely true because I love BLT sandwiches in the summer. And I seem to add it to all the pasta dishes like this cheddar bacon macaroni and cheese. Maybe I just think I don’t like bacon, but I really do. Hhhhmmmm….
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.
Dinner ideas and me eating bacon doesn’t happen that often, so I had to make and photograph this recipe right away. And because a BLT recipe has to have lettuce and tomato, I added some chopped veggies to the top to make the braid pretty.
You can seriously have this BLT Chicken Braid on your table in no time at all. Gotta love a 30 minute meal that tastes great! 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 to go. Go ahead and chop your lettuce and tomato while it is baking, so your braid doesn’t cool off too much. I also suggest making a batch of these Nutella no bake cookies while you are waiting. They are the perfect ending to any meal.
After the braid comes out of the oven, cut it 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 goodness all to yourself. With 3 kids who love bacon, we didn’t have any trouble making this braid disappear.
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Looking for more quick chicken meals for your busy days? Check out these recipe from some of my friends.
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- Easy Chicken Salad Wraps from Shugary Sweets