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Pesto Chicken Pizza

This is the only pizza I make now. We love it! Keeping the spices simple helps the flavors of the chicken and vegetables come through. The pizza tastes incredible and is good for you, too. —Heather Thompson, Woodland Hills, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 slices


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2-3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 each small green, sweet red and yellow peppers, julienned
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Beat in 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon oil, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the remaining flour; beat until combined.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the chicken, onion, peppers and mushrooms in remaining oil until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • Punch dough down; roll into a 15-in. circle. Transfer to a 14-in. pizza pan. Build up edges slightly. Spread with pesto. Top with chicken mixture and cheese. Sprinkle with pepper and remaining salt.
  • Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until crust and cheese are lightly browned.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze unbaked pizza. To use, unwrap pizza; bake as directed, increasing time as necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 293 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 601mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.
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  • ahmom
    Mar 28, 2020

    This is really good!

  • bmarana
    Apr 16, 2016

    Wonderful! I am a pizza lover esp homemade and love to cook. Everyone raved about it. If you haven't tried the Artisan Fresh pesto from SAMs Club, try it, like homemade. In refrigerator section by cheeses. Can freeze leftover sauce if needed.

  • ReneeP1
    Jul 22, 2015

    I love chicken pizzas and this recipe was a winner! Although I always find homemade crusts to be labor-intensive, so sometimes I take a shortcut and get store-bought. Here is another really good chicken pizza recipe that I've made in the past:

  • lots_a_smiles
    Jul 19, 2015

    Delicious! I didn't have mushrooms, & I added caramelized onions - fantastic!

  • Zach594
    Sep 9, 2013

    This pizza is the bomb!! We love this pizza. I add yellow & green zucchini to mine.

  • annabird
    Aug 29, 2013

    My husband said it was the best pizza we've had!

  • justmbeth
    Feb 2, 2013

    Left off the mushrooms (didn't have any) and added some Montreal chicken seasoning to the chicken and veggies. Loved it! Pesto added an excellent flavor!

  • KuipoBakes
    Dec 16, 2012

    My family thought the flavors were pretty good but instead of slices of peppers they need to be diced and instead of cubed chicken maybe shredded. I think some of the flavors got lost due to to large of chicken and peppers

  • dailyyarns
    Aug 18, 2012

    This was the best pizza I ever made.

  • ekatiakarpova
    Feb 20, 2012

    It was not bad but little bit blind and the crust was dry and the edges are very hard.