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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chicken and Basil Calzones

Who doesn't like bread, melty cheese and great herbs?  Seriously, I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't. 

This is one of our favorite comfort food type recipes.  Using pre-made dough really speeds this along.  I have a feeling if you had kids this would be a fun recipe to make with them. We don't make any changes to this recipe, we love it just as it is!  The great thing for us is that we have 2 people in our household, so this makes enough for two meals!  Reheating is easy, toaster oven or microwave will do (toaster oven if you want the crust to remain crispy). 

As of today's post 12 people rated this a 5 out of 5, I think you will too.

Recipe by Karen Levin, Cooking Light, December 2008

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 calzone)


  • Cooking spray
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  pound  ground chicken breast
  • 3/4  cup  prepared pizza sauce
  • 1/4  teaspoon  crushed red pepper
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh basil
  • 1  (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic and chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Stir in pizza sauce and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Let stand 10 minutes.
3. Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; cut dough into quarters. Pat each portion into an 8 x 6–inch rectangle. Divide chicken mixture evenly among rectangles; top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese. Working with one rectangle at a time, fold dough in half over filling, pinching edges to seal. Repeat procedure with remaining rectangles. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until golden.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 459 (14% from fat)
Fat: 7.1g (sat 1.8g,mono 1g,poly 0.4g)
Protein: 39.1g
Carbohydrate: 56.4g
Fiber: 3g
Cholesterol: 74mg
Iron: 3.7mg
Sodium: 919mg
Calcium: 111mg


  1. I am so making this! Thanks :)

  2. We love this dish, too. I've made them several times. Always a hit when you're pressed for time!