Ali's Chicken Pesto Pizza

by Divine Domesticity on September 30, 2008

At Violet's birthday party, one of the crowd favorites was my Chicken Pesto Pizza, something I threw together assuming it would be delish, and I was oh so happy that it was so well received.

In my opinion, the key to great pizza is the dough. We buy our dough from Papa Murphys. It comes already rolled out, it is the 14" size, and is only $2! Compare this to pre-baked dough, which can run upwards of $6, and dough from a can, which is just gross. 

When you get your dough, it may need to be 'proofed', which just means it may need to rise. The longer you allow your dough to sit out and proof, the thicker the crust will be. I make my pizzas within a half hour to an hour of buying them, and I think the dough is just perfect. Not too thin, not too thick, just right.
I made things even easier by buying a roaster chicken from Costco, which is much larger than the grocery store roaster chickens. One chicken was enough for two large pizzas. I'm guessing that I used 2 cups of chicken pieces for each pizza, coming to 4 cups total. Costco also makes a DELISH basil, pine nut, parmesan pesto. I bought a jar of that, mixed a bit of it with the 2 cups of chicken, and viola! Super quick and it is SO good.

Oh, and if you still don't believe me when I say this stuff is good, I'll add that through out the party people kept asking me where we BOUGHT all these delicious pizzas, and I was proud to reply that I made them. YA BIATCHES!

Ali's Chicken Pesto Pizza
Makes 4 servings
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1 large pizza dough, rolled out
2 cups chicken, shredded or cut into chunks
1/3-1/2 cup pesto
1/8-1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 cup 5-Italian blend shredded cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450-f degrees. Place dough on pizza pan.

2. Mix chicken and pesto. Add chicken to pizza, leaving 1 inch border around pizza.

3. Sprinkle sun dried tomatoes over pizza. Sprinkle cheese over pizza.

4. With your fingers or a basting brush, apply light layer of olive oil to 1 inch border around pizza.

5. Cook for 18-22 minutes, until crust is browned and dough is cooked through. (All ovens vary, use your best judgement) Let sit 5 minutes then cut.

Recipe by me!


VeggieGirl said...

Great pizza dough is a must!

BC said...

The party looked amazing! Love this pizza idea. Glad you found some good dough because you're right -- every time I try one from the can it's gross!

Happy belated Birthday Violet!

Shelly & Robin said...

OHHHHH my gosh...that looks right up my alley! I could eat buckets of pesto.

@JeanAnnVK said...

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My Boaz's Ruth said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't thought of starting with pre-mixed dough (The pizza dough is the main thing keeping me from making homemade pizza more often.