Friday, September 11, 2009
Easy and delicious
Chicken and Basil Calzones
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2009 Copyright 2008
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground chicken breast
3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil I used fresh and dried since I didn't have enough fresh
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic and chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Stir in pizza sauce and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Let stand 10 minutes.
3. Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; cut dough into quarters. Pat each portion into an 8 x 6–inch rectangle. Divide chicken mixture evenly among rectangles; top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese. Working with one rectangle at a time, fold dough in half over filling, pinching edges to seal. Repeat procedure with remaining rectangles. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until golden.
Nutritional Information Calories:459 (14% from fat) Fat:7.1g (sat 1.8g,mono 1g,poly 0.4g)
Protein:39.1g Carbohydrate:56.4g Fiber:3g Cholesterol:74mg Iron:3.7mg Sodium:919mg
I wasn't all that thrilled with the 2009 Cooking Light Annual when I first looked through it but I've found a couple of winners in it so far. This recipe elicited some positive comments from my husband. He seems to have an affinity for recipes using canned pizza dough. I loved it too and it was very easy. I made the chicken mixture ahead of time so it just took a few minutes to get these in the oven and they were done after less than 15 minutes in the oven.
I really need to use this general idea more often. Back in 2007 I made Chicken Olive Calzones and I wrote 'These calzones were so easy to prepare and I'm already imagining all of the variations I'll be making in the future.' But then I forgot about them. I won't forget this time.
I'll add this recipe to my Ground Chicken Recipe Round-Up.
Question of the Day: What other fillings do you think would be good for these?