As my brother has been in recovery and we have been catching up on the movies we have missed for years, we have also had some ideas about what would be good to eat. After all, when you’re confined to rest, what better than movies and food to pass the time? I completely understand the concept behind eating to heal the body. We are ignoring that and eating to get a carb and fat high. Frankly, it’s more fun right now.

Enter the hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with alfredo, chicken, cheese and bacon. It got a massive thumbs up from the family. I was too full from dipping the bread insides in the alfredo sauce like a fondue. If you only get that far, it’s still a great party dish. Or food hug. Because sometimes you just need a hug.

Chicken Alfredo Bread Boat

1 loaf soft white bread with a rounded top (Italian bread loaf or such)

1 large grilled chicken breast (or leftover fajita chicken from a previous dinner), sliced thinly

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

5 green onions

8 slices bacon, cooked till crisp and crumbled

3 tbsp butter

3 tbsp all purpose flour

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder


Cut the top off the bread and scoop out the insides to make a boat and still have some space to absorb the alfredo sauce. Lay the top and bottom pieces on a baking sheet (or use the insides and top for an impromptu fondue appetizer).

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat and add the flour, then whisk to combine and keep whisking to cook off the flour. Add the chicken stock slowly and whisk to combine, then all the heavy cream, parmesan, pepper and garlic powder. Whisk until the sauce starts to bubble and the cheese is completely melted.

Spread the half of the alfredo sauce that you don’t eat out of the saucepan into the bottom of the bread boats, then top with the chicken, a layer of cheese, the green onions, the rest of the sauce, the bacon and a last little sprinkle of cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until melty and browned. Slice and serve!