Broccoli and Chicken Bread Boats ~ Toasted Bread Loaded with Broccoli, Chicken and Cheese with a Light Hot Sauce! The Perfect Easy Dinner Recipe!
So, let’s take a minute to talk about this recipe here. I am in love with how all of the ingredients come together and do a happy dance in your mouth, yes, there is such a thing. Broccoli with chicken and oh so much cheese in every bite. The light hot sauce gives it just the right kick to have your taste buds dancing. That’s what I am talking about, friends. I really like to make a portion or two of this recipe and keep it refrigerated. Then instead of having leftovers for lunch, I just cut myself a slice of bread, load on my broccoli and chicken mixture and toast to perfection. You know, those mom-life dinner leftover lunches can be super boring. These boats truly are a treat and you don’t have to feel like you slaved for hours in the kitchen trying to make yourself a lunch.
This is my kind of food for when I am hosting parties. I love that I can combine everything and keep it refrigerated until ready to use (up to one day early). Then, once I am ready to bake and serve, I just add the ingredients to the French bread. A great idea for busy days trying to prep and save times, who minds that? I sure don’t.
I don’t know what kind of foods you like to serve when you are having a party? I really enjoy simple foods that are easy to prepare but make a statement when guests start gathering around the table. When hosting, I love to serve buffet style. In our Ukrainian (Slavic) parties, bridal showers or even family get-togethers, the layout of buffet is usually the same. There is always some kind of canapé (an open-faced sandwich) and usually more than one variety. At times the open-faced sandwich is served cold and other times hot. When serving the canapés, we usually take the French bread and slice it into small thin, individual sized slices. Then you add the desired ingredients and everyone is able to enjoy mini sized open-faced sandwiches. These kind of boats, however, or the chicken and artichoke boats are my go-to substitution when I don’t have the time to make individual open-faced sandwiches. Aside from canapés, there is always several bowls of salad and endless desserts. I’d say our parties feel more like a mini-wedding than a simple get together.
Once the boats come out of the oven, I really like to garnish with some fresh herbs (parsley or cilantro). Fresh herbs always make the food look more appealing, not to mention they add an element of flavor. The best part of enjoying these boats is drizzling some hot sauce (or Sriracha or Tabasco). I limit the amount of hot sauce I use in the recipe, not everyone likes hot sauce and those of us that do love some spiciness can drizzle to your heart’s content. 🙂
Once you try this recipe, you may have a hard time sharing. Always double the recipe. Enjoy friends and hope to hear feedback on the recipe if you try it.
Broccoli and Chicken Bread Boats
- 1 c. broccoli florets
- 10 oz canned chicken
- 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
- 1/2 to mato cubed
- 1 1/3 c. shredded cheese *Note
- 1 1/3 c. mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- 1 loaf french bread
- Preheat oven to 365°F.
- Combine all of the ingredients.
- Cut the top off of the French bread and cut loaf in half. Push down on the sides of bread to create larger opening.
- Distribute the broccoli and chicken filling oven the bread.
- Bake 15-18 minutes, until bread reaches desired crispiness and top of filling becomes golden.
- Cut into desired pieces and enjoy. Drizzle hot sauce for added spiciness, optional.
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