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Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe

My favorite homemade pizza crust topped with a vibrant pesto sauce, mozzarella, chicken. and a sprinkle of pine nuts. This pesto chicken pizza is fresh, flavorful and absolutely perfect for summer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 247kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 cup seasoned grilled chicken optional
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp basil leaves fresh
  • pinch red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Make dough according to the recipe's directions (or use store-bought dough); set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 14-inch circle. Transfer to a parchment-lined pizza pan. Fold over the extra inch of dough to form the crust, pressing to seal. Brush with olive oil. Dock the center of the pizza with a fork to prevent large bubbles from forming. Place in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes, remove and set aside.
  • Spread the 1/4 cup of the pesto over top, then half of the mozzarella cheese. Toss the chicken in the remaining pesto and add the chicken, then top with remaining mozzarella and the pine nuts.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with grated parmesan, fresh basil and red pepper flakes, cut and serve.

Notes

-Don't want to use pine nuts? Swap them out for your favorite nut!
-Don't want chicken? It's delicious without it too!
-You can easily double this recipe!
-If you want to add even more flavor to this pizza, try brushing the crust with olive oil right after it comes out of the oven and the sprinkle it with a bit of garlic salt!

Nutrition

Serving: 10g | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg