Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid

Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid

This was a twist on our usual pizza night.  I saw this recipe over on Multiply Delicious and thought it sounded great!  My two favorite foods, chicken and pizza, all in one!!  How could I go wrong?! The original recipe made this into little pizza bites for a party.  I was really interested in the filling, so I decided to switch it up and make it into a big pizza calzone braid.  It turned out great!  We topped the braid with some pizza sauce and parmesan.  We loved the flavor of the chicken and pesto.  I would definitely make this again.  If I ever have a party at the house, I would make the little pizza bites like the original recipe.  I think they would be a hit.

Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid

Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid
(Printable Recipe)

1 can crescent rolls
1 ½ cups cooked chicken, minced
⅓ cup pesto (store-bought or homemade)
1 garlic clove, minced
⅓ cup ricotta cheese
1 Tbsp tomato paste
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Finely chop chicken. In a large mixing bowl, mix the chicken, pesto, minced garlic, ricotta cheese, tomato paste, parmesan, and mozzarella. Mix all until well combined.

Unroll crescent roll dough, and arrange flat on a medium baking sheet. Pinch together perforations to form a single sheet of dough. Using a knife or scissors, cut 1 inch wide strips in towards the center, starting on the long sides. There should be a solid strip about 3 inches wide down the center, with the cut strips forming a fringe down each side. Spread the chicken mixture along the center strip. Fold the side strips over chicken mixture, alternating strips from each side. Pinch or twist to seal. 

Bake at 375 for 25-28 minutes, or until golden brown.

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  1. Excellent recipe! I recommend using an egg yolk wash over the braid and cooking for 25 minutes at 375. Thank you for an excellent recipe!

  2. Wow this looks good. I've never made a braided bread before…I'd be a bit nervous making this.

  3. I tried to comment on Friday – blogger gave me fits.

    I luv using crescent rolls. Neat idea to make a calzone with them.

  4. This was delicious!! We made this for dinner last night and we both loved it. Can't wait to make again and experiment with new fillings. Thanks for another great recipe!!!

  5. This looks and sounds great. I think though that I would leave out the tomato paste and leave it all white and pesto-y.

  6. Original and tasty. Wow, you and your family are just the Braid-y Bunch aren't ya?

    Ok, you can punch me for that one;)

  7. That looks too good Steph. Bev was just saying we had some pesto in the freezer we should use and this sure looks like a good way to do it.

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