Béchamel is essentially white sauce in French. It's made by mixing flour and butter to make a roux (paste) and then adding milk to thicken. It's a sauce that you can then flavor with many spices and use it as a base for pretty much any dish.
This Chicken Bread recipe is actually a family favorite and only made by my older sister, when we're all together. Not only is she a QUEEN at making this but it's also her who introduced it to me. She makes a delicious Garam Masala spiced Béchamel sauce with herbs and chicken, then bakes it to perfection in a delicious soft dough.
For this recipe I'm using my Easy 10 Minute Dough recipe but you can use any bread or pizza dough recipe of your choice, or even puff pastry.
1 cup Cooked/Shredded Chicken
1/2 Bunch Green Onions (thinly sliced)
1 Garlic Clove (minced)
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Flour
1 cup Milk
Salt (to taste)
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Garam Masala (ground)
Pinch of Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
Handful Chopped Cilantro
1 Serrano Pepper (finely chopped, optional)
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 Egg White
-In a pan add your green onions, garlic, and butter.
-Let them saute just until the onions start to become translucent/fragrant.
-Now add the chicken, along with the spices (salt, pepper, garam masala, nutmeg).
-Add your lemon juice and give it a quick mix, then add in your flour.
-Mix and let it cook until its made a paste over the chicken and veggies.
-Stirring continuously, so no lumps form, drizzle in your milk slowly.
-Let it heat through and thicken as you continue to mix.
-Remove from heat, add your chopped cilantro, serrano pepper (if you want to give it a kick of heat), and give it a good mix.
-Roll out your dough to make a large rectangle (20cm L x 8in W x 1cm H).
-Place it on your parchment lined baking sheet.
-Placing it in front of you vertically, pour half the chicken filling down the middle of the dough.
-Cut 2 cm strips on both sides of the dough using a pizza cutter or knife.
-Think about making a Stromboli...starting from the top, simply cover the filling using the dough, alternating sides, until all the filling is covered.
Here's a link to show you a diagram of what I'm talking about.
-At this point your chicken bread will look like a Stromboli.
-Go ahead and repeat the steps to make one more Stromboli for the other half of your filling.
-Brush them with beaten egg whites, then sprinkle them with sesame seeds if desired.
-Bake the Chicken Bread at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
This recipe makes two Chicken Bread loafs.
Need a road trip snack or have to feed tiny fingers? Turn them into pin wheels by just rolling out a rectangle dough, spread the filling over the rectangle, roll and cut 1 inch slices, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake!
or how about a rose?
Serve it warm or at room temperature, any way you choose, it's sure to be a favorite at your home too! :)