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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Chicken Ranch Pizza Cooking View

I’m sure I could have made this post infinitely more popular by adding the word “bacon” to the title, or to the ingredient list.  Though I’m definitely learning to appreciate bacon in some contexts, I still don’t love it quite the way so many people seem to.  But that’s the great thing about pizza – it’s so easy to add or omit ingredients to suit your tastes.  If you’re one of those serious bacon lovers, than by all means, add some!  I’m sure it would be great.  This pizza has been a favorite in our house for a long time.  With Ranch dressing for the sauce, lots of cheese, grilled chicken, tomatoes and green onions, it’s a nice alternative to your usual pizza with red sauce.  (Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza with red sauce…but I’m always looking for more ways to have pizza!)  I may even try it with the bacon next time.  Enjoy!

Chicken Ranch Pizza
Yield: 1 12 to 14-inch pizza

Ingredients

½ batch of perfect pizza crust
¼ cup Ranch dressing
¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½-1 grilled chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 tomato, seeded and diced
2-3 green onions, chopped
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking View

Directions

  • Preheat the oven and a pizza stone to 500° F.  Allow the stone to heat for at least 30 minutes.  In the mean time, cut a round of parchment paper the size of your pizza stone.  (Alternatively, use a pizza peel.)  Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal or semolina flour.  Gently roll out the pizza dough into a large circle, leaving a thicker ring around the edge for the crust.  Spread the Ranch dressing in a thin layer evenly over the unbaked crust.  Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.  Top with grilled chicken, tomato and green onions.  Sprinkle with shredded cheddar.  Once assembled, carefully transfer the parchment round and pizza to the preheated baking stone and return to the oven.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browned.  Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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  • smellslikehome

    love it Annie! i had no concept of what bacon was on pizza until i moved to CT (pizza places in NY don’t even have it as topping option) but Kyle and i are both in love with it. this pizza may just have to go on the menu this weekend since i’ve got some frozen perfect pizza dough waiting in the wings.

  • http://thefleischhauers.blogspot.com Kristi

    We’ve been making homemade pizzas for a while, and we’ve trying to be creative….but have yet to make one like this. YUM! I can’t wait to try this one! :)

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    Always love a fun twist on pizza. This looks great! I love fresh tomato on a pizza.

  • http://www.sweet-oven-lovin.com Risa

    Ranch..chicken…pizza. It’s love! Only I’ll be one adding bacon, my husband might eat just about anything if it has bacon in it!

  • http://smittensugar.blogspot.com Krystle

    Oh wow this looks heavenly! I love adding ranch to anything so I know this would definitely be a hit with me!

  • http://amateurnutritionist.blogspot.com Tamara

    Lately I’ve been getting bored with the same ol’ Friday Night pizza. I may try it your way this week, although it may be risky without the cheese (lactose intolerance. I hate my stomach). Roasted broccoli may do the trick; it goes great with ranch.

  • http://laurenhome.wordpress.com Lauren

    I will have to make this… my husband cannot eat pizza without slathering it in ranch dressing so I’m sure this would be a huge hit! Thanks for the idea!

  • nutmegnanny

    What a delicious looking pizza! I love making pizza at home and this recipe seems like a nice one to try. I can’t wait!!! :)

  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com Lauren

    Oh my gosh, my husband is going to be so pumped when I serve this! He loves to dip pizza in ranch dressing, so why not put the dressing ON the pizza?! Great idea.

  • http://www.aggieskitchen.blogspot.com Aggie

    Looks fantastic! I loooooove pizza! Great combo!

  • Katie

    We love Chicken Ranch pizza … make it all the time. BUT … we add lots of fresh chopped garlic on top of the Ranch … sooooo delish!!!!

  • http://mangiodasola.blogspot.com Memoria

    I’m not that crazy about bacon either. This pizza looks fantastic!

  • http://tastespace.wordpress.com Saveur

    I love this recipe too!! It is my go-to pizza recipe.

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

    This is a favorite at our house too. Your photo is so much better than the one I have. ;) Looks wonderful!!

  • Alexandria

    Mmmm…I love making homemade pizza and I’m always looking for new toppings since my go to is always Hawaiian. I did a double take when I read the title of the post though….I was thinking *The* Chicken Ranch, lol.

  • http://www.cheycancook.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Chicken pizza is my fave – with white sauce and broccoli, with red sauce and carmelized onions, buffalo chicken style, etc…now I’ll have to try this!

  • http://christines-cuisine.blogspot.com Christine

    I’m not a fan of bacon on things either – I really only like it by itself or on a BLT. Stay away from pizza, soups, etc…

  • Maria

    Quick question…do you put the pizza with or without the parchment paper on the stone? Thanks in advance! I love your site!!

  • Annie

    Maria,
    The parchment paper is my easy way of transferring the pizza from work surface to the pizza stone. If you have a pizza peel, you don’t need the parchment paper. But I find it basically impossible to transfer the pizza without one or the other.

  • smellslikehome

    you can also use a large wooden cutting board as a work surface then and then to transfer the pizza to the stone if you don’t have a pizza peel or any parchment paper on hand.

  • http://www.bakeat350.blogspot.com bridget {bake at 350}

    Chicken Ranch Pizza is one of my favorites and yours looks delicious!!!

    Also, I’ve been wanting to thank you for linking my blog in your sidebar! :) So, thank you! I really appreciate it! Happy New Year! :)

  • Maria

    Thanks for the reply. I try to get my pizza on the stone without anything and it is a BIG pain! But, do you just slide the pizza off of the parchment paper or keep it with the parchment paper on the stone? Thanks again!

  • Annie

    Leave it on the parchment paper. It would be impossible otherwise.

  • Maria

    Does the crust still come out crispy since it’s not making direct contact with the stone??

  • Annie

    The parchment paper has no effect on the texture. The crust is still fantastic – crispy on the bottom and softer on top. It is, after all, paper thin, and heat is conducted through it. The key is the preheating of the pizza stone. It starts baking as soon as it makes contact.

  • http://www.sporadiccook.blogspot.com Julie

    Looks wonderful to me…maybe you could have said “bacon optional” in the title. hehe

  • http://www.bunsinmyoven.com Karly

    Sounds delicious! And I would definitely add the bacon! :)

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  • Briana

    I just made this and it was SO GOOD! My husband was in seventh heaven. I love your website– i also made your calzones recently and they were very well received. Thanks!

  • http://www.peanutblossom.com Tiffany

    I just made this for dinner last night, I’ve been craving it since you posted it but just haven’t had the courage to try the pizza crust. I’ve never done pizza crust before and your instructions were perfect!! I can’t believe how amazing the whole thing turned out. My husband is a pizza fanatic and gave this two thumbs up. We added bacon per your suggestion, I highly recommend you take your own advice and add it next time!! Thanks for the wonderful recipes! I’ll definitely be doing this again.

  • Jenni

    It was delicious! I don’t know which I like better, this crust (which was PERFECT!) or your Chicago deep dish pizza. I love all your recipes! Now you just need to find the perfect whole wheat crust, I’d love to make something like California Pizza Kitchen’s Honey Whole Wheat.

  • adrienne

    Annie – Do you use your homemade Ranch Dressing on this pizza? I’m waiting to use the blender to make the dressing until my son wakes up from his nap today… Would you try to keep the dressing on the thicker side?

  • Annie

    I’ve never tried it with the homemade ranch but it should be fine. As thick or thin as you like it, there’s no wrong way to do it.

  • Toni

    This was my first time making pizza crust and you made it quite simple, so thank you! The pizza was great!

  • Jennifer Jordan

    Made it….loved it! my 13 year old son even said it was the BEST crust I’ve ever made!!!!! we made the pizza bites and the chicken ranch pizza. both are delicious! thanks for sharing your secrets!

  • Putri Dyanti R.

    I just tried this recipe. It’s delicious. You’re awesome, Annie! :D

  • Ben Whi

    I can’t believe how many exciting recipes you have that are DIY! This was the first time I’ve ever made pizza from scratch, and I didn’t think it was possible to make something so awesome with the little experience I have cooking! It’s a great ranch pizza recipe! I have my eye on those Oreos next… Mmm!

  • Bridget

    I’ve made this pizza about ten times now and it’s always a hit at our house. In fact, I just made it tonight. I don’t know how this combo isn’t on the menu of every pizza place in the nation. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Ashley

    I’ve made this several times and love the flavors! I was thinking about trying to freeze this – do you think the tomatoes and green onions would be okay? I’m scared they’d come out of the freezer all mushy,

  • annieseats

    I don’t think I would freeze this. I prefer to just freeze the dough and then make the pizza fresh, since topping and baking a pizza only takes about 20 min.