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Braided Chicken Bread

Course Breads
Author Wajeeha

Ingredients

  • For the Dough:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 eggs 1 egg for the dough, and 1 to glaze the bread
  • 1 teaspoon granulated or castor sugar I used granulated
  • 1/2 cup warm water for kneading the dough
  • For the Chicken Filling
  • 2 cups boiled and shredded chicken
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped coriander
  • 3 chopped green chilies de-seeded if you prefer the filling to be mild
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Sesame seeds for the topping optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine 4 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon instant yeast, 2 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 tablespoon oil, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar.
  • Form the dough by slowly adding warm water. Be sure to do this gradually, as you don't want a very wet dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is soft and springs back at the touch of a finger.
  • Cover the dough and let it rise for about 1 hour in a warm place nearby the oven.
  • While the dough is rising, prepare the chicken filling.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 chopped red onions.
  • Cook the onions till they are just translucent, we don't want any color on them.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of flour and let it cook for about 1 minute while stirring continuously.
  • Pour in 1 1/2 cups of milk and stir slowly until it becomes thick.
  • Add the shredded chicken, coriander, green chilies, black pepper and salt. Let cool.
  • After the dough has risen, divide it into 2 equal sized balls.
  • Roll one dough ball into a rectangular shape. Brush some melted butter over it.
  • Put your cooled chicken filling in the middle of the rectangle and cut diagonal slits on the longer sides of the rectangle.
  • Fold over the slits in a criscross fashion, neatly folding at the end. (Refer to to the pictures below to see the method).
  • Repeat this for the second dough ball.
  • Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Place the breads on a greased baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  • Enjoy with chili garlic ketchup!