Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner – Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli

Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli
Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli

As I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I are always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes for weeknight meals. Everyone loves pizza, but we often forget about the amazing and delicious cousin of pizza: stromboli! That’s right, it’s the goodness of pizza, but all wrapped up into a tasty crust, just asking to be dunked into sauce.

My wife came up with recipe a while back, but has been continually working to perfect it ever since. The chicken, broccoli, and cheese make this recipe a great alternative to the traditional fillings of pepperoni or sausage (you can include these if you like, but we like to save our calories for wonderful things like brownies or ice cream for dessert). It works for picky eaters since you have the opportunity to customize  for different tastes. If you have several picky eaters, you could even split the dough up to make sure that everyone gets the filling that they want.

This recipe will make a believer out of any self-proclaimed broccoli hater. I promise!

Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • 1- 14 oz. bag of frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 prepared pizza dough (we use Pillsbury)
  • 2 cups of pizza sauce (homemade or from a jar)
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven according to the package directions for your pizza crust.
  • Steam your broccoli to the desired tenderness and set aside to cool.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray your pan with cooking spray (I would recommend the parchment paper).
  • Unroll the pizza crust and spread it out onto the baking sheet.
  • Place the shredded chicken, broccoli, and cheese down the center of the crust. Make sure to leave room around the edges so they can be folded together (be sure to put the chicken on the bottom as the broccoli or cheese may make the bottom crust soggy).
  • Fold the sides together and pinch the ends to seal it up.
  • Spray the top of the stromboli with cooking spray and, using a knife, make a few slits in the top of the dough.
  • Place in the oven and bake according to package directions.
  • While the stromboli is cooking, heat the sauce to be served on the side for dipping.
  • When the stromboli is golden brown, remove it from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board. Allow it to rest for five minutes and then slice it into two to three-inch sections (this should give you approximately eight slices).
  • Serve the stromobli with sauce on the side.

The sky is really the limit when it comes to the filling options for this recipe. Use what you like. This dinner is one that you can feel good about and one that will keep you from making a phone call to you local pizza shop.

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