Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Braid and Chicken Bacon Ranch Chicken Braid

Fun Weeknight Dinners 

As a mom of five kids, I am always looking for quick weeknight recipes that my kids will enjoy and that are easy for me to prepare. Many of us want no-fuss, healthy meals whether you are a single person living alone or are a large family like us. My number one time-saving tip is to keep shredded, cooked chicken on hand for both quick lunches and easy dinners.

With the shredded chicken I make dinners like bbq chicken sandwiches, nachos, and tacos for those days I didn’t meal plan beforehand. Salads like this Thai Peanut Chicken Salad or this Spinach, Fruit and Nut Salad can be thrown together for a quick meal, or prepared in advance for a grab-and-go lunch to take to the office. 

One of my favorite ways to use shredded chicken is in bread braids! Have you ever heard of bread braids? This recipe uses time-saving frozen bread dough thawed according to the package and filled with any of your favorite ingredients. Each side of the dough is cut into strips and folded over to create a braid-like look. You could go as simple as this Buffalo Blue Cheese braid or Chicken Bacon Ranch braid for a weeknight dinner or fancier fillings like a steak, spinach and feta braid for entertaining guests. 

The best thing about bread braids is that you can create many different combinations to suit your family’s taste (or if you just want to clean out the fridge and use up whatever you have on hand)! I’ve made a braid filled with pizza toppings and even a dessert braid filled with apple pie filling. You could make this a fun activity and cut the bread dough into four small rectangles and have everyone make their own personal braids. Bread braids may just take over pizza night!


What are you filling your braids with?

Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Braid and Chicken Bacon Ranch Chicken Braid

Serves 6-8 | Finish in 4 hours 30 minutes

This buffalo and blue cheese braid and chicken bacon ranch braid are perfect for weeknight dinners or entertaining!


2 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed and risen according to package

6 cups cooked and shredded chicken

6 pieces cooked bacon

1 cup diced green pepper

1 cup Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/2 Litehouse Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

1/2 - 1 cup Buffalo Sauce


1. Let the bread dough thaw and rise according to package directions.
2. On two separate non-stick baking sheets, spread one bread dough out on each in a rectangle shape.
3. For the Chicken Bacon Ranch: Mix the chicken with 1 cup Litehouse Homestyle Ranch. Place down the center of the rectangle. Top with bacon and green pepper.
4. For the Buffalo Blue Cheese: Mix the chicken with buffalo sauce. Place down the center of the bread dough. Top with the sliced red onions and Litehouse Blue Cheese.
5. To braid the bread: Cut the same number of 1 inch strips down each side of the bread dough. Pull each side and first strip of the bread dough up and over as pictured. Alternate pulling the strips of bread dough to opposite corners to create a braid as pictured.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes.

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