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Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli

Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli

Thisis a deliciously messy dinner. Some juices and cheese may leak out of the stromboli,but don’t worry, it will still be tasty. If not eating immediately, transfer toa clean baking sheet and reheat in the oven until warmed through.
Servings 4


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 1 pound total
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for greasing baking sheet
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 8 ounces fontina grated
  • 8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella grated
  • 1 large broccoli crown cut into florets, blanched, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 teaspon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • Heat oven to 350ºF. Put chicken breasts in a small baking dish and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. When cool, cut into ½-inch-thick slices. Increase oven temperature to 375ºF. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with olive oil.
  • Dust a clean work surface with flour. Stretch pizza dough into an 11-inch-by-14-inch rectangle, with one long side parallel to work surface. Take breaks between stretches if dough starts to feel tight. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • Scatter both cheeses over dough, leaving a 2-inch border at the edges. Scatter broccoli on top of cheese and press down on dough to adhere cheese and broccoli. Spoon marinara down center of filling.Sprinkle with red pepper flakes (if using). Place sliced chicken in a single layer down center of filling. Fold 1 short side of dough over filling, then fold the other short side over that. Fold top edge over center, then fold edge closest to you up and over to encase filling. Pinch along the seams to seal. Carefully turn over so stromboli is seam side down on baking sheet.
  • Beat egg with a splash of water. Brush stromboli with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Using a sharp knife, create steam vents by slicing 3-inch slits across the top of the stromboli about every 2inches.
  • Bake until golden and bubbling, about 35minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

Molly Shuster

Molly is a freelance food stylist, writer and recipe developer. She is one of the co-recipe editors of Gather Journal and has had her work published in various publications including Boston Magazine, Yankee Magazine, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Family Fun, The Boston Globe and Edible Vineyard, among others. Molly currently divides her time between New York and Boston.

Photographer Lauren Volo

New York City-based photographer Lauren Volo has been shooting our "One Cheese, Five Ways" feature for over a year—hard job, huh?

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