Looking for ways to sneak veggies into your favorite meals? This Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli is perfectly flavorful and cheesy, all rolled up in warm hug of dough. Chicken, broccoli, cheddar and bacon combine for a classic flavor combo you just can't get enough of. Learn how to make chicken and broccoli stromboli with this easy to follow recipe!
What is Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli?
Chicken and Broccoli stromboli combines some of your favorite flavors, all wrapped up in a perfect crusty-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside pizza-like dough. Simply combine chicken, broccoli, bacon, cheddar cheese and wrap it up tight. That and a few other key steps are all that stands between you and an awesome dinner!
When to make Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli?
This is a great weeknight meal, especially if you do one of two things. One one hand, you can prep everything the day before, toss it in the freezer and cook it from there. Just add another 10 minutes onto your cooking time. For me, I like to just get the pre-rolled pizza roll from the deli at my local grocer, which makes it super quick and easy to roll, stuff and eat on a weeknight.
Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli Tips and Tricks
- For time purposes, pre-cooked chicken is the way to go here. You can go a couple of routes. Maybe you have some leftover from a previous chicken recipe. Often, I just buy a pack of the rotisserie chicken breast from Costco's deli area. It's good meat, easy to use and comes at a good price.
- I also go with the pre-made pizza dough, but from the bakery at my local grocer, not from a can. For me, that local grocer is Publix in the southeast US, but a lot of other stores offer it as well. Publix even has a pre-rolled dough one available for 50¢ more. It's worth every penny for the time it saves you.
Why I love Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli
I love Chicken and Broccoli stromboli for a few reasons. First, it's a classic flavor combo that I grew up eating, just usually in the form of casserole. Second, it's quick and easy enough to make on a weeknight. Lastly, it's a clean and easy meal I can even make with my four-year-old. Just, you know, add 10 minutes for general children slowness, but it's worth it to make them happy!
Let's Make Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli
Prep & Pre-Cook
This recipe calls for precooked chicken. If that's not something you have, obviously you'll want to start by cooking some chicken. I suggest doing it with enough time to let it cook and completely cool before slicing.
To roast broccoli, preheat your oven to 425°. Meanwhile, cut broccoli into individually sized florets. Toss in a small bowl with olive oil and lay onto a greased pan. Season with salt and pepper. When oven is preheated, place pan on center rack and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven when broccoli just starts to crisp. Let cool for a couple minutes, then move broccoli to a cutting board and cut into a rough chop.
Meanwhile, cook bacon by placing it in a cold pan on the stove, then turning the pan up to medium heat. Bacon should cook in about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and place in the freezer for 5 minutes to cool. Reduce oven temp to 400°.
Stuff that Stromboli
We're making individual sized stromboli here. They cook better and I like how they eat as a handheld. To do this, take your dough and cut it into quarters. Place one on a lightly floured surface and cover the rest with a towel to keep them from drying.
Using a rolling pin , roll each dough into a rectangle about 10 inches long an 6 inches tall. When rolled, place dough so that the longer side faces you. Measure about an inch up from the bottom and an inch from each side. This will be where we lay out toppings. First, lay a healthy pinch of shredded cheddar cheese. Top that with diced chicken. On top of that, spread a layer of chopped broccoli, then sprinkle over crumbled bacon. Top with another healthy pinch of cheese.
Roll & Cook
To roll stromboli, first fold in sides. Then, carefully roll from the bottom up. Roll so that the dough catches about halfway up. Push the topping in slightly with your fingers to form a nice, tight pocket. Roll fully and lay so that the seam side faces down. Place onto a greased baking sheet and repeat with remaining stromboli. Make sure to leave 1-2 inches between each stromboli on the baking sheet. If necessary, use multiple sheets.
When all strombolis have been rolled and placed on a greased baking sheet, prepare your egg wash. To do this combine egg white and a tablespoon of cold water and stir together. Brush wash over every exposed surface on the stromboli. Sprinkle each stromboli with a pinch of kosher salt. Lastly, using a sharp knife, score two small slits in the top of each stromboli. This will allow air to escape and let the stromboli cook correctly.
Place stromboli on center rack (or racks if using more than one sheet) and bake for 15-17 minutes. Stromboli is done when both top and bottom of the dough are golden brown. Let stromboli sit for 5 minutes to cool before serving. Goes great with a salad served alongside.Print
Chicken, broccoli, bacon and cheddar cheese rolled in dough for a perfect stromboli. Chicken and Bacon stromboli - great for pizza lovers!
- 15 oz pizza dough
- 12 oz precooked chicken
- 1 head broccoli
- 8 oz cheddar cheese (shredded)
- kosher salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 5 slices bacon
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- Toss broccoli in olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast broccoli for 10 minutes, until it barely crisps. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon by placing it in a cold pan on the stove, then turning the pan up to medium heat. Bacon should cook in about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and place in the freezer for 5 minutes to cool. Reduce oven temp to 400°.
- Chop broccoli into small florets, place in prep bowl. Dice bacon into small pieces, place on plate. Chop precooked chicken into small pieces, place in prep bowl.
- Cut dough into 4 equal sections. Roll each piece into a long rectangle, about 8 inches wide and 5 inches tall. Dust the cutting board lightly to help ease rolling, if necessary. Place the dough for topping such that the longer side of the rectangle is at the bottom nearest you.
- Begin topping by placing a healthy pinch of cheese out and spreading it in a thin line about an inch from the bottom of the rectangle. Next, spread chicken on top of the cheese, then bacon on top of that. Now, add broccoli florets on top of bacon and top with another pinch of cheese.
- Carefully fold in the ends of the dough so it just covers the toppings. Then, slowly begin rolling the dough, beginning at the bottom and working your way up. Roll the toppings tightly, pressing the dough in with your fingers as you roll. You should end up with a log shaped roll. Repeat with other 3 pieces.
- When all pieces are stuffed, brush them lightly with egg white. This will help the dough to brown properly when cooking. It will also help the kosher salt to stick, of which you'll sprinkle lightly on now. Score the dough by cutting two small, thin, diagonal slits along the top. Place the strombolis onto a large greased baking pan, with at least an inch in between for spacing. Place in the center rack of the oven and cook for about 15 minutes. Strombolis are done when both top and bottom have turned a nice golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes. Slice in half and serve.
For time purposes, pre-cooked chicken is the way to go here. You can go a couple of routes. Maybe you have some leftover from a previous chicken recipe. Often, I just buy a pack of the rotisserie chicken breast from Costco's deli area. It's good meat, easy to use and comes at a good price. I also go with the pre-made pizza dough, but from the bakery at my local grocer, not from a can. For me, that local grocer is Publix in the southeast US, but a lot of other stores offer it as well. Publix even has a pre-rolled one available for 50¢ more. It's worth every penny for the time it saves you.
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1 stromboli
- Calories: 781
- Sugar: 2.8
- Sodium: 0
- Fat: 42.7g
- Saturated Fat: 17g
- Trans Fat: 0.6g
- Carbohydrates: 53g
- Fiber: 2.3g
- Protein: 44.1g
- Cholesterol: 141.4mg
Keywords: Stromboli, Chicken and Broccoli, Family Dinner