Monday, February 9, 2009

Chicken and Basil Calzones

This is a nice and simple recipe for a quick lunch. The leftover calzones save well and can be reheated in the oven in about 10 minutes. This is a modified recipe from Cooking Light.

Chicken and Basil Calzones
4 servings
You will need:
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken and saute until the chicken is warm. Stir in the pizza sauce and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in basil. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Unroll the dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cut the dough into quarters. Pat each square into an 8x6 rectangle. Divide chicken mixture among squares. Top eack with 2 to 4 T of cheese. Fold dough in half over filing, pinch edges to make a seal. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden. Reheat leftovers at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.

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