Introduction: Chicken Pesto Pizza

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This is one of my favorite pizzas that I make every Friday night.

Ingredients needed:
* Homemade or store bought pizza dough. I make my own...it's really easy so this recipe includes my homemade dough.
* Sauce ( yes I use a jar sauce)
* Italian cheese blend ( Asiago, Parmesan, Fontina, Mild Provolone...found at Trader Joe's)
* 1 chicken breast
* 1/4 cup of Pesto

Step 1: Making the Dough

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Items needed:
* 3 cups of flour
* 1 pouch Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 2 tbsp olive oil
* 1 cup hot water

Add all of these ingredients together.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients

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Mix with mixer until moist and chunky. Approx 1-2 min.

Step 3: Fold the Dough

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 Use your hand to fold the dough in the bowl to create a ball.

Step 4: Knead the Dough

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Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

Step 5: Let the Dough Rest

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Cover the dough with a clean towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

Step 6: Prepare the Pesto Chicken

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Add 1/4 cup of pesto to pan ( you can add a tbsp of olive oil if you want). Cut the chicken into cubes and add to the pan. Sautee' on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Step 7: Rolling Out the Dough

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Place your dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out evenly.

Step 8:

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Roll your dough out so it is slightly larger then your pan. I use a 12-14" pizza pan but you can use whatever pan you wish.

Step 9: Oil Your Pan....VERY IMPORTANT!

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Add tbsp of olive oil to pan and spread all around, including edges, with paper towel.

Step 10: Making the Crust

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Place your dough on your pizza pan. Turn and fold the edges under to form the crust.

Step 11: Oil Crust

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Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Spread 1-2 tbsp olive oil all over the top and edges of your crust using your fingers.

Step 12: Pre-cook Crust

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Using a fork poke holes all over the bottom of your crust. Place the crust in oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Step 13: Add Your Sauce

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After your crust is pre-cooked, add about 1 - 1 1/2 cups of sauce, depending on how much you like. Spread evenly around.

Step 14: Cheesey Cheese

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Spread your cheese evenly around. I like a LOT of cheese so I use plenty!

Step 15: Add the Pesto Chicken

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Add your pesto chicken and spread evenly around.

Step 16: Cook Your Pizza!

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Place your pizza in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Step 17: Cut Into Slices and ENJOY!

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Cut into slices and enjoy! Get a pizza cutter it makes it so much easier!

Comments

apperrault (author)2012-12-17

This is the only kind of pizza that I make at home. I put some pine nuts to it, as well as put a little goat cheese. So yummy

SinAmos (author)2010-09-06

One cup of oil? Really?

SpagoPizza (author)SinAmos2012-08-06

You think it is too much or not enough ?Just being curious

SinAmos (author)SpagoPizza2012-08-07

That is a lot.

Senior Waffleman (author)2011-09-25

This looks delicious, my mouth is watering, I LOVE pesto chicken, and pizza :9

butterflylisa (author)2010-09-06

Typo, fixed, 1 cup of hot water, not oil lol, Thank you.

Gothalot (author)2010-09-05

Oh muh gawd its the most delicious pizza I ever ate! Thank you!

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