Sunday, October 26, 2008

Chicken Bacon Ranch Calzones - Holy Tastiness!

I saw this recipe on a couple blogs including What's Cooking in the Orange Kitchen and Laura's Home Cooking. The photo above does not begin to capture the gooey, ranchy goodness of these calzones.


Looking to spice up the usual chicken, this recipe was a great choice. What is there not to like. Ingredients include chicken, bacon, cheese and bread. All positives in Mr. Gooch and my eyes.

Several minor changes I made from the original recipe were skipping the tomato, using Ranch dip instead of Ranch dressing inside the calzone (the thickness kept the crust crunchy), cubing the chicken into 1x1 to 1/2x1/2 inch cubes to save time in cooking, using co-jack finely shredded cheese.
We will definitely be making this again.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Calzone

Ingredients
1 recipe pizza dough divided (I used this recipe)
2 chicken breasts (Cubed)
3 slices of center cut bacon (I used pieces, 2 per calzone)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes (omitted)
2 tsp fresh parsley finely chopped
1/2 cup cheese (I used Co-Jack)
Salt and pepper to taste
Ranch Dip for inside the calzone and dipping

Directions

Start by cooking the bacon in a skillet over medium high heat, careful not to burn it!

When the bacon is crisp set aside between 2 pieces of paper towel.

Drain all but 1 tbsp bacon grease from skillet (if your super health conscious just drain it all and use cooking spray).

Brown both sides of the chicken breast in the bacon grease then cover the skillet and continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink.

When the chicken is done shred with forks and season with salt and pepper.

Then crumble the bacon and add to the chicken.

Roll out the pizza dough in 2 circles.

Fill one side of each circle with chicken and bacon mixture, then diced tomatoes, then chopped parsley, and finally cheese.

Fold the other half of the circle over the top of the filling and pinch to seal the edges.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Serve with ranch dipping sauce.

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1 Comment:

bakingblonde said...

Wow! those sound good, I love calzones!!

 

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