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Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Pockets

by Camille Bergerson • from the video Homemade Freeze And Bake Pockets 4 Ways

Ingredients

for 8 pockets

Dough

  • 1 ⅓ cups
    warm water (315 mL)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons
    yeast
  • 1 teaspoon
    sugar
  • 3 ½ cups
    all-purpose flour (435 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon
    olive oil, plus 1 additional teaspoon

Filling

  • 1 ½ cups
    shredded cheddar cheese, plus 2 tablespoons for topping (150 g)
  • 1 ½ cups
    broccoli, steamed (225 g)
  • 1 ½ cups
    shredded chicken breast (185 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    olive oil

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Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, mix the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until the mixture becomes cloudy and slightly foamy.
  2. Add the flour, salt, and 1 tablespoon of oil to the bowl with the yeast mixture and stir until combined.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Wipe the large bowl clean and lightly coat with remaining oil. Place the dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel.
  5. Set in a warm place for 20 minutes, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 450ºF (230ºC), and line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  7. Once risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and stretch the dough into a 12x22-inch (30x56 cm) rectangle.
  8. Layer the cheddar, broccoli, and chicken in the center of the rectangle, lengthwise, leaving 1-2 inches (2 ½-5 cm) on the top and bottom.
  9. Slice the dough in half through the center, lengthwise.
  10. Fold each piece’s center edge towards the outer edge and pat down, creating a long roll-up.
  11. Slice each roll into 4-5 equal pieces. Pinch the edges closed on all the pieces and place on sheet tray.
  12. Brush the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  13. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  14. Serve immediately or allow to cool, then freeze in an airtight container up to 1-2 months.
  15. To reheat, microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  16. Enjoy!
 

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