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Bistro Chicken Twist



  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 2 (11 ounce) packages refrigerated French bread dough
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning mix


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Chop chicken. Dice bell pepper. Snip basil with kitchen shears.
  3. In a bowl combine the chicken, bell pepper, basil, Parmesan, mozzarella, mayonnaise and garlic.
  4. Place bread dough, seam sides up, on cutting board. Using a serrated bread knife, slice each loaf lengthwise, end to end, cutting halfway through to center of loaf; spread open flat. Lightly sprinkle flour evenly over dough. With rolling pin roll dough crosswise a four-inch width, creating a well down the center of each loaf.
  5. Spoon half of the chicken mixture down center of each loaf. Gather up edges over filling, pinching firmly to seal. Place loaves, seam sides down, in an 'X' pattern on a baking stone. Crisscross ends of dough to form a large figure 8, keeping ends of dough one inch from edge of stone and leaving two 1 1/2-inch openings in center of twist.
  6. In a small bowl, combine egg white and seasoning mix; lightly brush over dough. Cut a three-inch slit in each of the top sections of the twist to reveal filling. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over loaf.
  7. Bake for 30-32 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven; cool for 10 minutes.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition values per serving: 130 calories, 10 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein, 28 mg cholesterol, 189 mg sodium

Recipe credit: Pampered Chef

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