I’ve found my new favorite pizza combo … Chicken Pesto! We’ve been having pizzas a lot more than usual lately because my in-laws gave us a portable pizza oven that we’ve been using up at our Tiny House in the mountains. I mean, it’s hard to beat this combo, right?! So it’s given me time to be creative with different toppings, and I’m excited to share the latest winner.
Sponsor Shoutout: Simple Mills
My parents recently visited and came up to the Tiny House with us for the first time (they stayed in a nearby hotel!), and I was so glad to have a box of Simple Mills pizza dough with me. Due to an autoimmune disorder and subsequent surgery, my mom cannot have whole-grains, so this was the perfect option to have on hand for her. I made a big batch of my regular whole-wheat pizza dough, plus a box of the Simple Mills dough as well, and it was more than enough pizza for the six of us. Not to mention my kids kept saying, “Can we have some of the gluten-free pizza?” – they really love the crispy cauliflower/almond crust, and it is a nice way to switch things up on occasion!
Here’s what it looked like (before it was baked) … I told you, this is a really good one! In fact, it’s one I am still thinking about and will definitely make again soon.
Chicken Pesto Pizza
- 1 recipe favorite pizza dough, or 2 boxes Simple Mills gluten-free dough
- 1 can pizza sauce
- 1 8 ounce block fresh mozzarella, shredded
- 2 cups cooked chicken, I used the Best Whole Chicken in the Crockpot recipe
- 2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
To make the pesto, combine the kale, basil, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil in a small food processor. Puree until the mixture becomes a thick paste.
Roll out the pizza dough into two large rounds on a lightly floured surface (corn meal works well, too) pinching around the edges to make a crust. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on top and then divide and sprinkle on the mozzarella. Distribute the chunks of cooked chicken and pesto then arrange the tomato slices on top.
Bake according to pizza dough directions, top with freshly grated parmesan cheese (if desired) and serve warm. (Note: If using the Simple Mills dough I recommend following their instructions for baking it in the oven instead of cooking it in an outdoor pizza oven.)
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