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Pesto Chicken Pizza Recipe

Pesto Chicken Pizza Recipe

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. YIELD:8 servings


  • 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 (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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. Yield: 8 slices.

Nutritional 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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bmarana User ID: 2129710 247148
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8456979 229979
Reviewed 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:"

[email protected] User ID: 6501613 229786
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

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

Zach594 User ID: 2953412 170597
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

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

annabird User ID: 7390498 171647
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

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

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 171589
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6368493 175671
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6823786 175670
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"This was the best pizza I ever made."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 173032
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

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

kpeown User ID: 4421873 159973
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Amazingly good! This is a keeper!"

casum User ID: 4075339 102693
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Very Yummy!!! The crust was perfect and my family loved it. I think next time I will experiment with different toppings."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 102566
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"Delicious! Crust was excellent. I did brush the edges of crust w/ garlic powder & olive oil. I also added sun - dried tomatoes in w/ the other veggies."

2foru User ID: 4061729 140367
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I used a pizza crust mix rather than from scratch. This is very good and has become one of our favorites."

bryvette User ID: 3028334 209605
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"I used a store bought crust and this pizza was still delicious!"

2Labs2Many User ID: 5170778 209604
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"Amazing. Just amazing. This will be a regular in our house."

Janet Burkhart User ID: 1096144 99710
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"My family loves this pizza. It's definitely one of our favorites now."

tkolencik User ID: 1696333 99709
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"IT WAS THE BEST PIZZA EVER! I loved it. This is now my favorite pizza.If you like pesto and tomato's than you will love this recipie."

strabue User ID: 3379399 175668
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2009

"This pizza is very good. The crust recipe is one of the best I have tried."

thankG0d User ID: 3195075 170579
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"I made one like the receipe, and on another my husband suggested to put fresh garlic on it. It was seriously the best pizza I have ever eaten!"

thankG0d User ID: 3195075 140366
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"This was amazing! I added fresh tomatoes on top and boy was it tasty!"

caitsmom User ID: 3689269 175666
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2009


getto140 User ID: 1493976 102565
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"FANTASTIC!! We will make this for Super Bowl Sunday next week!"

penoll User ID: 1982847 102692
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"Made this for company and received rave rewiews! This is wonderful and I cheated with making a package crust! Will try the yeast crust next time! I loved the pesto!"

voisincook User ID: 3674287 82934
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"My family and I enjoyed this one! It's a nice change of pace for a group of pizza lovers."

MadT User ID: 2584563 159972
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"This is now one of my favorite recipes. I used a store bought pizza crust which made this wonderful dish extra easy to prepare. My family loved it."

3doglovr User ID: 1705979 85171
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2008

"Made this for my family and they absolutely loved it. The dough was nice and thick. I added more of the veggies to the chicken mixture though.My husband said it is the best pizza I have ever made! We'll definitely make this again!"

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