. . . for Lauren and Lauren: Pesto Chicken Pizza

May 18, 2014

Pesto Chicken Pizza


It may be stretching it to say that I made this recipe up, as the ingredients are about four items and it is so easy, but claiming it I am.  

I always forget how easy it is to make your own pizza crust and I need to do it more often.  I love pizza and this has to be way healthier than frozen pizza or store bought crust, right? 


I use  a recipe for the crust from a cookbook I got for one of my wedding showers.  One of the few recipes I use these days that I did not get from pinterest. 

1 package active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt

1. Put yeast in small bowl.  Add half water and stir with fork until yeast is dissolved. Set aside for ten minutes.
2. Mix flour and salt in a medium bowl. Pour in the yeast mixture.  Stir well until flour has been absorbed. (I always have to add more water.) 
3. Shape the dough into a ball and place on floured surface.  Knead the dough for about 5 minutes by taking the far end of the dough, folding it over and pushing it down with your hands.  
4. Place the dough in a large clean bowl and cover with a cloth.  Let rise for 1 hour.  (I usually let it sit for much longer until I'm ready to make the pizza later in the day.) 

Place the dough on a cutting board covered with flour.  Add flour as needed and shape the dough into your crust.  I just put it on a regular cookie sheet and shape the dough to fit whatever sheet I'm using. 


I've used this dough to make BBQ chicken pizza or just cheese pizza with toppings.  For this one I used a jar of pesto sauce, shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese.  Spread the pesto on the crust and cover with chicken and cheese.  

Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes.  

I want to start having pizza night Friday nights.   One time I made a deep dish pizza that was delicious, but took forever.  Someday.  Someday.  

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16 comments:

Allyssa Idell said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yummy! That looks so good! I'll have to try this someday, but with a gluten free crust!

Sharlee said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I saw this on Instagram and hoped a recipe would follow!! I want to do pizza nights on Fridays, too. I can't wait for JaiseAnn to be a little older and look forward to it:)

Allyson Butler said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This looks like something I could actually do! I'm all about recipes that I can kind of make up as I go along (Keith just kind tolerates my kitchen experiments...).

Kelly said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This looks delicious, yum!

Lindsay said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This looks DELICIOUS :)

Lindsay Ropella said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

SO glad you posted this! I've been wanting to know how you made this ever since your pic on instagram! Definitely trying this out this week :)

Joyce said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This looks so delicious! I love pesto :)

PolkaDottyPlace said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This looks delicious!! I've never tried Pesto so this might just give me the motivation to break down and give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)

Denise said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Sounds delicious.

TheTinyHeart said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Mmm this looks so delicious! I make my own pizza often but I cheat and use store bough dough. :)

-Sharon
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Brianne Bracco said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This looks ah-mazing!!! I can imagine how flavorful it is...a must try :)

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

We used to have appetizer Fridays, but it got to be pretty unhealthy! I think pizza Friday is a fabulous idea!

Ginny MyNewFavoriteOutfit said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yum! I agree homemade crust is the best!

Helene in Between said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

ok I'm making this. i feel like i can smell it through my screen!

Head to Toe Chic said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yum!! Now i'm craving pizza. i've never made homemade crust before, but i should!

xo,
Angela

Jordy Liz said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I've made this twice now and we LOVE it! The first week I did pesto chicken and the second week I did BBQ chicken with BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, mozzarella and chicken. I am adding it to the menu each week!