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Chicken Artichoke Pesto Calzones

Recently I posted about the delicious chicken pesto pizza we had for dinner last week.  After that dinner, I had leftover grilled chicken pieces, leftover pesto, mozzarella cheese and half a batch of my beloved pizza crust in the freezer.  In other words, all I needed to make this dinner was artichokes.  This was a wonderful quick and easy dinner with all of those ingredients ready to go.  I used canned artichokes for the sake of simplicity.  I probably added about half a can, but I think I would add even more next time.  The chicken-artichoke combo is fantastic!  I split the pizza dough into two portions to make two large calzones, but you could certainly make more small portions if desired.  Can’t wait to make these again.

Chicken Artichoke Pesto Calzones
Ingredients:
1/2 batch perfect pizza crust dough, at room temperature
Pesto (recipe found here)
Grilled chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
Canned artichokes, drained and coarsely chopped
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Olive oil, for brushing

Directions: 
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.  Place a pizza stone in the oven and allow it to heat up, at least 30 minutes.  On a lightly floured work surface, divide the pizza dough into two (or more) equal pieces.  Stretch or roll out each piece into a circle, about 7-8 inches in diameter.  On one half of each dough round, spread a layer of pesto, leaving a half-inch border around the edge.  Top with grilled chicken pieces and artichokes.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  

Fold the other half of the dough over to cover the toppings and form a semi-circle.  Press the free edges of dough together to seal the filling inside.  Carefully transfer the finished calzones to the preheated pizza stone.  Brush the tops lightly with olive oil.  Bake until golden brown, about 13-15 minutes.  

Source: adapted from The Way the Cookie Crumbles

  • http://crumblycookie.wordpress.com bridget

    I’m so glad you liked these! I made them mostly from leftovers too, which works out great, since calzones are a bit more work than pizza.

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com patsyk

    Looks like the best way to use up leftovers! I need to make sure I keep pizza dough on hand so I can make things like this more often.

  • http://ourlifeinfood.wordpress.com Carrie

    My husband would love these! I’m going to give them a try the next time we have some extra pizza dough.

  • KCatGU

    Aww, I must have read the chicken artichoke pizza post last week and kept it in the depths of my sub-conscious because while cleaning out the freezer this weekend and realizing we seem to have a good quantity of frozen artichoke I decided to make chicken, spinach, artichoke lasagna. Thanks for the inspiration.
    KCatGU

  • http://karaskitchencreations.blogspot.com/ Kara

    Oh man, these look just as good as the pizza! I am going to have a hard time deciding which one to make first. Yum!

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com dawn

    aren’t those fun to make?
    and so easy. love it when hubby wants calzones, so easy and tasty. plus you can put anything in them.

  • http://sweetsavorysouthern.wordpress.com Renea (MrsSchoon)

    I love calzones and I love that you can come up with so many different combos for fillings. These look fantastic!

  • http://bakeitafterall.blogspot.com/ Meghan

    I love artichokes! These look great!

  • http://apertureofmyeye.blogspot.com Shelly @ Aperture of My Eye

    Oh wow, this sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I definitely will have to make this.

  • cathycicek82

    Hiya
    Wow, it looks delicious, got a question (might sound stupid, yeah I’m a newbie:) I was wondering what adjustments we would need to do if we don’t have a pizza stone? Thanks you

  • Jods Girl

    Anne I made the pizza on Friday and blogged about it straight away, giving the link to your blog so they can get the recipe. Now that I have tried pizza, the next step is most obvioulsy calzone and here you are providing me with the impetus. I do have my dough in the freezer, and I should have some leftover sausage so its sausage calzone on Friday! Bring it on!

  • http://joelens.blogspot.com Joelen

    Looks great and if it can be made on a pizza, its probably great as a calzone!

  • Annie

    Hi Cathy,
    If you don’t have a pizza stone, I would just use a large baking sheet turned upside down (so you will put the calzones on the bottom of the baking sheet). It won’t be quite the same, but basically the whole point is to have a well preheated surface to put the calzones on so that the dough on the bottom starts cooking instantly and becomes crispy.
    :) Annie

  • http://journeyofanitaliancook.blogspot.com Claudia Haas

    I love calzones and always do a tomato-sauce/meatball/sausage sort of thing. This is a grand change.

  • http://www.3blondesandthelaw.blogspot.com Nancy

    This is making my mouth water! I want to try this.

  • http://www.tri2cook.blogspot.com/ ttfn300

    those look amazing!!

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  • tiffann3

    I absolutely LOVED these! The dough is definitely my favorite recipe that I have made yet and the filling is fantastic! Along with the other fillings, I used an Italian blend of cheeses and got the best of both worlds, the wonderful flavor of Parmesan, and the creaminess of provolone. LOVE IT!!!

  • Kellyn

    I made these last night…AMAZING! I can’t stop thinking about them.
    I recommend your blog to everyone who asks for recipe recommendations! I love it!

  • http://vanbussel.blogspot.com Blair Van Bussel – { Blair Nicole Photography }

    I made these last night and they were SO GOOD! My husband never likes things like this, so I made him a couple BBQ chicken ones instead (using BBQ sauce, chicken, and cheese). He ended up loving your recipe and the BBQ one!!! That just goes to show how great these are! ;)

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com Kevin

    What a great flavour combination for a calzone stuffing!

  • Ashley

    Do you think I could use puff pastry instead of the pizza dough?

  • Annie

    Hi Ashley,
    I really don’t think puff pastry would be a good substitute in this case. I think if you wanted to use puff pastry, you could maybe do some small tartlets with the same filling, but I probably wouldn’t go the calzone route.
    :) Annie

  • Jen C

    These were wonderful!!! Thanks for posting!

  • Jessica Hinson

    These look so yummy! I’m wondering, can I make a large batch and freeze them? How would I do this…?

  • Annie

    I would freeze them after shaping but before baking.

  • Heidi Kravitz

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! I referenced this on my blog and I appreciate this tasty meal! :) http://heidisbored.blogspot.com