For these Chicken Pesto Calzones I used Pillsbury pizza crust in a tube.
My daughter asked if I could make homemade calzones, so I of course said yes.
I spoil my kids rotten with food 😉
I love to cook, but I am not so much of a baker.
The thought of making dough from scratch was slightly terrifying to me.
Using the store bought dough was extremely simple and they turned out super tasty and cheesy.
Now I just need to come up with more calzone creations because I’m sure my kids will be asking for more again real soon.
Here is how to make Chicken Pesto Calzones
Roll the pizza dough on a flat surface.
And use a rolling pin to thin out the dough slightly and form a uniform rectangle.
Then use a pizza cutter to cut down the center, both horizontally and vertically.
This will create four smaller rectangles for the four calzones.
First goes some pesto on one side of each rectangle of dough.
This is just store bought pesto (you will see a theme with me and store bought ingredients…I take all the help I can get 😉 )
Next goes some cooked and shredded chicken over the pesto.
I make Simple Shredded Chicken for Meal Prep quite often to use in recipes like this.
Finally some shredded mozzarella cheese.
To fold these calzones, fold the empty side over the filled side.
Then press closed with a fork.
Transfer them to a baking sheet carefully. Surprisingly they held together very well.
And brush them on all sides with melted butter.
I mixed the butter with garlic powder and Italian seasoning for maximum flavor.
They will bake in a 400 degree oven for about 14 to 18 minutes.
Chicken Pesto Calzones turned out so pretty and golden brown!
Dip them in pizza sauce, or my son dipped his in ranch dressing.
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Chicken Pesto Calzones
Chicken Pesto Calzones are an easy dinner idea using store bought pizza dough, simply stuff the crust with pesto, chicken, and cheese and bake
- 1 tube pizza crust (I used Pillsbury)
- 4 oz pesto
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 Tbsps melted butter
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- Optional dipping sauces: pizza sauce, garlic butter, ranch, etc.
Roll the pizza crust on a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to thin it out into a rectangle and use a pizza cutter to cut the center both horizontally and vertically, creating four smaller rectangles.
To one side of each piece of dough spread some pesto and top with chicken and cheese. Fold the empty side over the filled side and press the seams shut. Use a fork to press down on the seams to make sure they don't open during baking.
Mix the melted butter with the garlic powder and Italian seasoning and brush over each calzone. Place the calzones on a lined baking sheet.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 14 to 18 minutes. Remove them once the crust is cooked how you prefer.
Serve with dipping sauce if desired such as pizza sauce, garlic butter, or ranch dressing.