Chicken Basil CalzonesPosted in Chicken, Italian, Low Calorie, Main Course on April 5th, 2010 by Eileen Devlin
So here we are on “I-need-a-shortcut” night. This was perfect for a quick dinner or for something on-the-go. Using ground chicken breast is also a leaner alternative to beef but feel free to use ground sirloin if you so desire! The biggest shortcuts here are that you are using prepared pizza sauce and dough. If you haven’t noticed already I am usually picky about what I eat (as in low calorie = usually means fresh ingredients) and so these already prepped products came from a store that uses only fresh ingredients. So, naturally, I would encourage the same.
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground chicken
3/4 c prepared pizza sauce
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
1 (13.8 oz) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1/2 c shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Heat a large skillet over med-high heat and prep with spray. Add garlic and chicken to pan; saute for 5 mins or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Stir in pizza sauce and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Let stand about 10 mins to thicken.
3. Unroll your dough onto a baking sheet coated with spray. Cut dough into quarters. Pat each portion into an 8 x 6 rectangle. Divide chicken mixture evenly among rectangles (place in center); top each serving 2 tbsp cheese. Working with one rectangle at a time, fold dough in half over filling (don’t worry about stretching it), pinching edges to seal.
4. Bake at 425 for 12 mins or until golden. Makes 4 servings.
These were delicious and filling! I would probably add more red pepper since I needed a bit more kick. And obviously the variations are endless here. Have fun!
Fat: 7.1 g
Protein: 39.1 g
Carbohydrate: 56.4 g
Fiber: 3 g
Cholesterol: 74 mg
Sodium: 919 mg