Friday, September 11, 2009

Easy and delicious

Chicken and Basil Calzones
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2009 Copyright 2008

Cooking spray
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?


Annie Jones said...

Just about anything. You can't really go wrong with stuffed bread. :)

Katiesperk said...

I showed this recipe to my husband and he said yes please!! looks delicious.

La Pixie said...

I would use ground beef, I think. and probably taco spices and cheese. (Ive never tried ground chicken. the thought scares me a little.)

M Smith said...

Sauteed peppers, onions and mushroom with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese!

Ground pork with scallions, garlic, ginger and hoisin sauce!

Taco seasoned [insert protein here] and cheddar!

Cherry pie filling! (oops! That's for dessert...)

HotHeaded said...

Turkey, parmesan & mozzarella cheese, and basil.

meatballs with spagetti sauce

ham and cheese

chicken and bbq sauce

Tammy D. said...

I have never tried ground chicken. I use ground turkey instead of beef for everything. I am trying out a lb. of chicken this time to see if there is a big difference in flavor. All of your recipies make my tummy growl! Can't wait to try them! For the calzone I would use cheddar and mozz., or colby jack and sausage, pizza sauce, g.peppers, onion, butter the top of the calzones when brown.