Monday, September 14, 2009

Barbecue Chicken Calzone

This recipe was more or less a spur of the moment decision. I knew I was making the pizza dough that I previously posted and that it resulted in two meals worth of dough so I decided to make one batch of it into calzones. Someone had mentioned barbecue chicken calzones on my cooking forum so I decided to make them. While that is probably how meal planning goes for most people it is not how it goes in my house. I plan out meals. I plan them out at least one week, but often two weeks, in advance. I plan down to the side dishes, the vegetable, etc. So a spur of the moment meal like this was shocking but definitely a good choice.

This recipe was excellent. We loved it! I will say it makes 2 big calzones. I thought they'd be personal size but they were not. Next time I would freeze half the dough because we aren't good with leftovers. I heavily adapted the original recipe. Below is what I did but you can click the link to see the original. The original calls for onion and cilantro, both would be delicious, but I didn't have either in the house. This is really good and definitely a meal that will be repeated in our house. Next time I'd add a little bit more BBQ sauce- other than that, perfect.

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1 batch of pizza dough
8 ounces of chicken, cooked and shredded
4 slices of center cut bacon, cooked and diced
1/3 cup of BBQ sauce
1 ounce of cheddar cheese (I used one cheese stick, diced)

1- Place a pizza stone in the bottom third of the oven.
2- Heat the oven to 500.
3- Take the dough, divide it in half. Roll each half to an even thickness.
4- Toss the chicken, bacon, BBQ sauce, and cheese together.
5- On one piece of dough, cover half the dough with half the chicken mixture. Be sure to leave a little room around the edge. Fold the other half over so it is covering the mixture.
6- Using your thumb and pointer fingers pinch the dough around the edges.
7- Repeat with the other piece of dough and the remaining mixture.
8- Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until golden brown.


  1. They look yummy! We love CPK's BBQ chicken pizza so these will be right up our alley! Great picture too!

  2. This looks like a great weeknight dish for the family. Love it! Thanks for sharing.