Recipe Box, Chicken & Asparagus Braid

I had a little of this and that in my fridge,

a few chicken fingers, cooked bacon, and asparagus spears


I also had ham and cheese and a can of crescent rolls

I remembered a crescent roll braid I had made for Halloween

several years ago,

Yummy Mummy, it was so good!

Time for a new version!

After rolling the dough out on a peach of parchment paper,

pinch the seams closed, or use a a crescent roll dough sheet

Instead of the cream cheese used for the Yummy Mummy

I spread the center of the dough with my favorite condiment

Maple Bacon Aioli*, but regular mayonnaise is fine

Then I topped it with Honeycup Mustard, a sweet hot mustard

*this aioli is available at high end grocery stores too

Next a layer of ham and Swiss cheese

Then bacon

Chopped chicken and asparagus

Top it with grated cheese, I used a Triple Cheddar Mix

Cut the sides of the dough into wide strips

Fold dough strips over toppings alternating one strip from each side

Pinch the ends of the braid together as much as you can

My braid is kind of wonky because I used crescent rolls

instead of a crescent sheet, but it will look better once it’s baked

Sprinkle finely grated Gruyère or Parmesan on top

You can refrigerate the log at this point for baking later,

just tuck the parchment paper over it to keep dough from drying out

Bake braid at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes

until cooked through and golden

Cut braid into small slices for appetizer servings

or larger pieces for main dish servings

You can also drizzle it with Alfredo sauce to amp it up even more

Loaded Chicken and Asparagus Braid

Create an entire new dish with a little of this and a little of that from your refrigerator! This delicious braid is filled with chicken, asparagus, ham, cheese and bacon and can be served as a appetizer or main dish. Serve it with a drizzle of Alfredo to take it over the top!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet


  • 2 chicken fingers, or 1 cup chopped cooked chicken
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • deli ham I used 2 large slices cut in half
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese, cut in half
  • Maple Bacon Aioli or mayonnaise
  • Honeycup Mustard, or Dijon mustard
  • 8 spears asparagus
  • 1 can crescent roll dough sheet or crescent rolls
  • 2 oz grated Cheddar cheese
  • bleu cheese crumbles, optional
  • finely grated Parmesan or Gruyère cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten, optional
  • Alfredo sauce, optional


  • Break off tough ends of asparagus, rinse and wrap in a clean towel or paper towel. Microwave for 2 minutes on high and immediately unwrap and place on a cutting board
  • Cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces
  • Unroll crescent dough onto a large piece of parchment paper forming a large rectangle. Pinch seams to seal if using crescent rolls
  • Spread a generous horizontal layer of Aioli or mayonnaise down the center of the dough, leaving about 1/3 of the dough on each side plain.
  • Add a layer of mustard on top of aioli, then place ham and cheese on top
  • Continue layering with bacon, chicken, asparagus and then sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese and bleu cheese crumbles
  • Cut each side of the plain dough into 1 inch strips vertically
  • Beginning at one end of dough fold dough strips up and over filling, alternating sides, forming a braid. Pinch the ends to seal
  • Braid can be covered and refrigerated at this point for baking later if desired.
  • Right before baking, brush with beaten egg if desired for a glossy finish, optional
  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan or Gruyère and bake at 375 degrees until cooked through and golden, 15-20 minutes
  • Cut into small slices for appetizers or larger pieces for main dish servings
  • Drizzle with Alfredo if desired
Keyword Chicken Asparagus Braid, chicken braid, crescent roll braid, great idea for leftovers, loaded party braid, stuffed crescent roll dough

Who would ever guess this amazing braid

is the result of a little of this and a little of that!

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26 Responses to “Recipe Box, Chicken & Asparagus Braid”
  1. Mary says:

    Such a delicious way to upgrade your leftovers Jenna! Happy Thursday ♥

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    A delicious way to reduce food waste.

  3. What a delicious clean the fridge recipe! The filling is the bomb.

  4. Kari says:

    Yummy Jenna…this reminds me of a deli ham, asparagus and Swiss cheese recipe from Pampered Chef many moons ago. I loved it then and still make it today. thanks for the additional variety of different foods to add. Happy Thursday my friend.

  5. Rita C. says:

    Dang, that looks so good. Pinned!

  6. This reminds me of a pampered chef recipe I saw a long time ago — only better! Love what you added and fun that it would feed a few!

  7. A little bit of this and that turned into a delicious looking braid. How creative

  8. lghiggins says:

    Great creation. I love braids; they look so elegant, but are really easy. Thanks for sharing this delicious looking braid. I like this way of “getting rid” of those leftovers.

  9. Rosie M. says:

    You come up with the yummiest ideas! Thanks!

  10. It certainly doesn’t look like leftovers! Beautiful!

  11. thefrenchhutch says:

    Wow, I love this delicious looking recipe and I can’t wait to try it. I think it would be perfect anytime. It looks fabulous too!

  12. Jenna, the braid looks fabulous. I love that you check out your leftovers and come up with such wonderful food!

  13. Kim says:

    Oh, this looks delicious Jenna and has all my favorite ingredients – chicken, bacon, asparagus, ham, and cheese. Plus, alfredo sauce! What could be more delicious? I am amazed that this all came together with leftovers! Yum!

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