Monday, September 12, 2011

Chicken Pesto Pizza

I love different kinds of pizza. My family does not. They're plain ol' pepperoni pizza lovers. Occasionally I can throw on some sausage or bacon and they'll eat it, but traditional pizza is their style.

That's why I love to have company over and create a pizza buffet! I can offer several variations and don't have leftovers that only I will eat! The last time we had a buffet was in August when some friends from Iowa visited. We had pepperoni, sausage, BBQ chicken and this newest creation - Chicken Pesto Pizza! It's fantastic!

Here's what you need:

Dough for one pizza crust (here's my crust recipe)
1/2 small red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small orange or yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small green pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pesto
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
2 small Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese

After you've sliced the peppers and onions, heat a little olive oil in a small skillet. Saute the veggies for 5 minutes, or until slightly soft. Roll out the dough and spread the pesto sauce over the crust. Arrange the shredded chicken evenly over crust. Place the tomato slices over the chicken, then top with peppers and onions. Sprinkle the cheeses over the top. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

The resulting pizza is delicious! You can reduce the amount of veggies or tomatoes, but don't skimp on the pesto. It gives the pizza so much flavor! You can make your own pesto, of course, but I use the Classico brand. You can find pesto sauce near the spaghetti sauce at your grocery store.

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