Monday, February 1, 2010

Barbeque Chicken Calzones

Posted by: Maggie

My boyfriend loves anything with barbeque sauce, and when we order takeout he typically gets a calzone, so I probably should have made this recipe a long time ago. As I expected, he loved it, and it was so easy to make that I'll definitely be preparing it again, and possibly experimenting with different fillings.


Here's what you'll need:

4 slices bacon
1/2 small red onion, chopped
3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast meat (I used about 4 1/2 chicken breasts to get this amount)
2/3 c barbeque sauce
1 can refrigerated pizza dough (between a 10-13 oz size)
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 T chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Add the onion and shredded chicken to the hot bacon grease in the pan. Fry over medium heat until the onion is tender. Stir in 1/3 c of the barbeque sauce and remove from heat. Stir in the cooked bacon.

Roll the pizza crust dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press out to an even thickness, and cut in half. Divide the chicken mixture between the two pieces of dough, spreading on only half of each piece to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the filling.

Sprinkle the cheese and cilantro over the top. Fold over uncovered portion of dough, and pinch edges to seal. Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned to your liking.

I served these with extra barbeque sauce and ranch dressing for dipping.



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