Chicken Bread - Step by Step

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2-3 medium loafs

The chicken bread is one of my favourite braided and stuffed breads. Below are the step by step instructions with pics on how to make the recipe.

Ingredients for Dough
4 cups
all purpose/plain flour
1 tbsp.
instant yeast
2 tbsp.
powdered milk
1 tsp.
4 tbsp.
egg (plus 1 for glazing)
1 tsp.
castor sugar
1/4 tsp
baking powder
(to reduce any yeasty smell)
Ingredients for Chicken Filling
1 1/2 - 2 cups
chicken boiled and shredded
(250-300 gm when uncooked)
1 medium or 2 small onion chopped finely
1 tsp.
1 tsp.
black pepper
2 tbsp.
coriander leaves
chopped green chillies
1 tsp.
garam masala powder
2 tbsp.
2 tbsp.
1 cup
sesame seeds as required

For the Filling

Heat 2 tbsp. butter fry onion till soft then add 2 tbsp. flour with 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garam masala.

Add the milk, cook till thick, mix in the shredded chicken add chopped green chilies and coriander leaves, remove and cool completely.

The filling will look like this: Creamy Chicken Filling

For the Dough

In a bowl mix together 4 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. castor sugar, 2 tbsp. milk powder, 1 tbsp. yeast, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 4 tbsp. oil and 1 egg, knead to a medium soft dough with slightly warm water, leave to rise for 1 hour. Divide the dough into two or three depending on how big you want the loaves. Proceed with viewing the subsequent steps to see how the bread is shaped.

STEP 1: Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Brush some softened butter over it.

Although the recipe doesn't call for it, I normally dab a touch of butter to this to make it ultra-yummy. :)

STEP 2:  Put your filling in the center of the rectangle and make slits on both of the longer sides.

STEP 3:  Start bringing the topmost slit ends across from each other alternately

STEP 4:  Keep going, remember to alternate, like a crisscross fashion. Left to right...right to left.

STEP 5:  This is how it will look as you get further down the bread with the crossing of the sides/braiding.

STEP 6:  When you reach the end, leave a tail at the bottom, just for the appearance. You can just tuck everything neatly in if you like, but I prefer to have that bit of a tail at the bottom of the loaf. :)

STEP 7:  Grease a tray and place your breads. The recipe says to make 2 loaves but I prefer dividing it into three and making three average sized loaves. That is up to your preference!

STEP 8:  Apply egg-wash and sprinkle the sesame seeds...then bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for about 25 minutes or until done.

(Egg-wash means to beat an egg with a tsp. of water then brush it all over your bread)

Here's a twist to the chicken bread, you can make them in baby size too...this is how they look before baking.

FINAL RESULT:  Voila! Enjoy your delicious chicken bread!!

Right after taking out of the oven apply butter well on whole bread and let it rest covered with a cloth for 2-3 min to soften the bread completely.

I always make big batches of chicken bread at a go and then wrap them well in cling film or foil, then put them in some sort of a cellophane bag and tie it up tight and freeze. They can keep up to 4 weeks! When you need one, you just thaw it out overnight in the fridge or keep it out on the counter until it's thawed out, then unwrap and zap it in the micro for a minute or so until it warms up, and then splash a little bit of water using your fingertips on it and put it in the oven for about 5 minutes to freshen it back up. Becomes as good as new! :)


Wat milk is used for the filling. Is it coconut milk

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No, just plain regular milk.

hi unoee the powdered milk instead of that can i use normal milk and if i can how much would i use

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Hi, yes you can...same amount.

Can I use self raising flour instead of plain flour and in what quantity? Thank you

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No, SR flour has too much baking powder which is not needed in this recipe. :)

How many does dis serve

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Makes 3 medium loaves. Serves 5-6 people.

I used instant dry yeast directly frm da sachet 4 mixing da dough. Wil da dough turn out ok? Plz let me knw soon, i'm in da proces of makin da chicken bread rite nw. & i hav kept da dough 2 rise.

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If the yeast is good then inshaAllah it will be fine.

This one is an amazing experience... Both making n eating were absulotly fun!!! Jazakillah sister:)

It turned out wel, ya its a gud yeast brand. & evry1 simply luvd it. Tanx

Thank you so mch for your reply Fauzia. It turned out great!
However I have some dough left over. Can you please advise which other recipes can I use the same dough for? I don't want to waste it. And I don't want to make chicken bread again, want to try something new.

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Thanks for the lovely feedback Sarah. You can use the leftover dough as a pizza base or for making dinner rolls or any small buns with whichever other filling you like.

hi fauzia, please tell me if i can use anything else instead of milk powder? i really want to make this today but i dont have powdered milk? what else can i use? thank you

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Hi Sarah, you can omit the powdered milk, perfectly ok without it.

a great recipe that i make over and over again,thank you fauzia.

hi there
today i seen your recipes first time i like it .if i add more sugar because my kids like this bread as sweet bread .i can use some recipes

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Yes that's ok, you can add a bit extra sugar.

dear fauzia, today i am going to try chicken bread with the full recipe ingredients for the dough but we r just 2 to eat !.
just wanted to ask you, can i freeze the remaining dough? and use later? and any other buns n rolls can be made from this dough?

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You can use the leftover dough to make dinner rolls, pizza base or any other buns with a filling or without. Alternatively you can make extra chicken bread and freeze it for another meal. Here's how to Freeze Breads and Buns.

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No, this needs to be baked. Use the stove-top method of baking.

Dear Fauzia,
Can i use puff pastry instead of the dough you mentioned above?

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Yes you can.

Please tell me also what size should i roll the dough if i want to make the small sized bread(baby size)

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About 4-6 inches length and 2-3 inches wide. Less than quarter inch thickness.

Thanks a lot
Will sure try that soon

Salam Fauzia. I tried these and they came out perfect, mashaAllah. May Allah reward you for sharing.


May Allah Bless You...Fauziya wanted to know if i can prepare the bread earlier & bake it later in 2-3 hrs of time, so how should i keep it till that time, the pattern which you have shown is to bake & freeze.
Please help as im preparing for the first time & want to serve hot.

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W/Salaam, best to bake and then freeze.

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Castor sugar is basically just grinded regular sugar.

Castor sugar replacement?

Slmz,fauzia can I freez after filing in the dough so just need to bake when ever needed.

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W/Salaam, please read through this note for suggestions on how to freeze this bread. How to Freeze Breads

I wanted to know if I can use active dried yeast instead of instant yeast?

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Yes you can, please read this note: Yeast

What type of oven is required to make this roll? I hav a normal microwave oven,if I can use this,for how many minutes do I have to bake it.

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I have personally never baked in a microwave oven, but it should be ok if you have used yours for baking before. Cannot be sure though on the time or temperature needed for that kind of an oven. Sorry!

Slmz cn I kno whether measurements for salt, yeast , and etc. should be heap o level...

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W/Salaam, always level unless specified otherwise.

aoa,Fauzia today i tried ur amazing chicken bread recipie it came out perfectly delicious i must say better than the one available in the bakery thankss alot for sharing your talent and for making us feel special too......dua's for u...:)

Jazakallah, cn I kno whether de chicken bread is hard or soft.....

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It's a soft bread.

If it is hard wats de it dat it is not kneadd properly o smthng els

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Yes it could be that the dough was not kneaded well, the oven was not preheated before baking, or the bread was baked for too long. Please refer to this note for some suggestions on how to improve softness in breads: How to Achieve Soft Breads

fauzia, flour means corn flour 4 filling... 1st time trying this... kindly telme its urgent

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No, it means plain/all-purpose flour.

Asa sister,

Quick question! How long do you bake this for and at what temp?

Jazak Allah

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W/Salaam, in a preheated oven at 200 C for about 25 minutes or until done.