Okay, so let’s be honest. Pizza is pretty freaking amazing in its original form, and really….should we try to change it?
Yes. Yes, we should.
BBQ chicken pizza is one of my absolute favorite dinners. (Homemade though, I don’t like it from restaurants). But tonight I created something out of thin air that was a little life changer. Life changer? Thats deep – but anything that makes meal time simple and delicious is life changing when you run what appears to be a circus most of the time. So – what was this marvelous meal? Pesto chicken pizza!
My pizza secret is the dough. Dough can make or break a pizza flavor. My dough is a secret, because it’s almost a steal. Like, literally….I call Avantis, order a large dough ball and they charge me $0.85. That was not a typo, it costs eighty five cents for a large ball of their delicious dough. If you have ever made homemade pizza dough – it costs more than that to make! I usually buy 4 at time and freeze what I don’t use. A large dough ball is equal to a large pizza, if you ask nicely they’ll even give it to you on one of those cardboard bake-able pizza pan things like you get from Papa Murphys.
I roll out a large ball of dough, preheat the oven to 400* and sprinkle the dough with some olive oil and parmesan. Then I spread a very thin layer of this magical pesto from Sams Club. A little pesto goes a long way, so don’t get too excited! Next, I shred a rotisserie chicken (also from Sams) and spread that all over. Top it off with a bag of mozzarella or Italian blend shredded cheese, and pop it in the oven!
I served the pizza with a Ceasar salad and some fried apples (directions below) and my family RAVED about this meal. Unfortunately there were no leftovers, so they were bummed that they will have none for lunch tomorrow. Lesson learned, next time I’ll make two! I did make a crustless version for my carb-less husband. I put some of the chicken in a 4×4 baking dish, topped with spoonfuls of pesto and mozzarella and baked it with the pizza.
Not only was this meal easy and delicious, but it was one of the cheapest meals I’ve made. The dough, we’ve talked about….85 cents! The rotisserie was $4.98, a bag of mozzarella is a few bucks. The pesto was a little pricey, but I literally used 2 spoonfuls of it. So….I’ll stick it in the back of my fridge and find another meal to put it in. The bag of salad was $2 and I always have apples….So this meal cost me less than $15 and fed all 6 of us.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Slice up at least 1 apple per person. I usually do 1.5 apples per person, because my family loves fried apples. I slice them thinly so that they cook faster. Use a frying pan with a lid. Spoon some butter (the more, the merrier), cinnamon and sugar over the top and cook them on med-high with the lid. You are going to have to keep stirring because the cinnamon can easily burn. You may need to add more butter if you were being conservative earlier (never be conservative with butter). Cook them until the apples are soft like the inside of an apple pie. Then, turn off the heat and let them sit for a few minutes so that the sauce thickens.