Roasted Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pizza

Roasted Chicken & Mushroom Pizza with spinach and kale pesto sauce |

Mmmmlllaaaasooooogoood. Oh mi scusi, my mouth was full of pizza. The kind of pizza that makes you wish rock music was still good – like back when System of a Down was still together – so you could sing Pizza Pie in your most intensest System of a Down voice. It’s an intense pizza, calling for an intense song.

You know what else is intense? Camping. Get it?? In tents…intense…camping is IN tents (also intense, especially when you end up eating ants off your s’mores marshmallow) ?? OH that joke never gets old!

I’ve lost you.

Cooooome back, come on back to me. Let’s reel it in. With cookbook #2 well underway, I’ve been cooking up a kale storm. Bless me father, for I have been eating kale three times a day. suuuuriously.

If you’ve been following my social media banter, you already know that my editor and I were having the darndest time naming my kale cookbook.  I reached out to you folks on facebook to get your thoughts and you came up with some excellent titles! In general, you guys got a hoot out of replacing “hell” with “kale” which really tickled me pink.

Out of a Saturday morning fit of brilliance, a fellow blogger came up with the title. So lo and behold, here she be: Give em’ Kale! Simple and Delicious Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Superfood.  The title couldn’t be more fitting, IMO (did you catch that? it means “in my opinon”…winky face. So intense). Every time I say, “Give ‘em Kale!” out loud (sometimes to an empty room), I inadvertently fist pump the ceiling. Titles that come with fist pumps are grrrrrreat!

Thank you to everyone who weighed in on the title decision-making! I enjoyed your feedback and love having you as part of this kale-cooking, fist-pumping process.

Roasted Chicken & Mushroom Pesto Pizza | #glutenfree

And now the pizza!  For the sauce, I used a super duper secret (to-be-released with Give ‘em Kale! [fist pump]) kale pesto, but the kale pesto recipe I posted on Food Fanatic will do ya too! I short-cutted the crust by using Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix, but you can also make the gluten-free pizza dough that I used in my Carnitas Taco Pizza recipe. Or you can make any pizza dough you fancy. That works too.

What counts is you’re making pizza, and it’s going to be good. PIZZA PIE!

Roasted Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pizza

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 1 12\" pizza

Roasted Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pizza


    For the Roasted Chicken & Mushrooms
  • 1 cup roasted chicken (see instructions below)
  • Juice of half a lemon (about 3 to 4 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onion powder, garlic powder
  • 6 crimini mushrooms
  • For the Pizza
  • Pizza dough
  • 1.5 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup roasted chicken
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup pesto sauce


    To Prepare the Roasted Chicken & Mushrooms
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Place pieces of chicken (I used 1 pound of skin-on bone-in chicken. Only part of it gets used for the pizza and the rest can be eaten as is or on a sandwich or salad) in a casserole dish or on a baking sheet. Drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
  3. Drizzle the mushrooms in olive oil and either add them to the dish with the chicken or put them in a separate baking dish.
  4. Roast chicken and mushrooms in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes or until interior temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  5. Remove chicken and mushrooms from the oven.
  6. When cool enough to handle, slice the mushrooms and chop about 1 cup-worth of chicken. Set aside.
  7. To prepare the Pizzas
  8. Raise the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
  9. Roll out your favorite pizza dough (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza mix but you can also use this recipe for gluten-free pizza crust: on a 12” pizza tray.
  10. Pre-bake the crust for 10 to 15 minutes. Until the crust feels slightly firm and begins to show some color.
  11. Top pizza with pesto sauce and lay the spinach leaves on top of the sauce.
  12. Distribute the cheese on top, followed by the chicken and mushrooms.
  13. Bake the pizza for 10 to 15 minutes until crust is golden-brown and the cheese is melted and also golden brown.
  14. For crispier crust, put your oven on the high broil setting and broil the pizza for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Want more gluten-free pizza pie? Doooo it!

Carnitas Taco Pizza

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Gluten-Free Spinach & Collard Greens Pizza Crust


  1. This looks so loaded with yummy goodness! Can’t wait to see the kale pesto recipe!

  2. I loooooove any pizza with pesto. This is no exception! Fabulous pics, just pinned :)

  3. This looks sooo yummy! I may make this for my friday night pizza and a movie routine!

  4. I love that name!! So cute, so perfect and so awesome! Congrats!!!

    I also love this pizza! It looks cheesy and so perfect! Can’t wait to make it this weekend!

  5. This is a loaded pizza! love it. I love a good kale pesto recipe. So excited for you book lady! major fist pumps happening here!

  6. Pesto and mushrooms are such a good combo! Wish I were eating this for lunch right now instead of a cold salad… at my desk. Anyway, super excited for you about the kale cookbook! And glad to know that crowd sourcing a cookbook name is totally acceptable… because I am the WORST at coming up with names :) Give ‘em Kale is PERFECT!

  7. Yay you found a book title! I really love it…..can’t wait to get my hands on it. Too bad we didn’t live closer, I’d happily come over and help you eat kale :)

    P.S. Loving this pizza something major!

  8. Duuuude, I am loving the title of your cookbook! Almost as much as I love the sound and look of this pizza… MMMhmmm!

  9. Smile. I just love the title of the book…and I also just love this pizza. I would do anything for a slice right now. It must be dinner time! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Fist pumping and pizza?! Heck yes! Love this post! xo

  11. You are right, as long as we end up eating pizza this recipe will be fine! Haha. Looks beautiful. Looking forward to the kale pesto sauce though!

  12. Give ‘em all the pizza!!!

    Crap. That just doesn’t have the same ring.

  13. Kale pesto is a genius idea! This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love System of a Down. I’m currently on a Beastie Boys fix. Your tent joke just cracked me up. I want this pizza in my mouth.

  15. Your blog is so yummy. And I’m up late cause I can’t sleep and now I want PIZZZZZAAAAAAAA! Specifically this ridiculously awesome-looking variety. Oh help.

  16. This pizza totally makes me want to do a fist pump! So excited to hear you’re one step closer to being done with book. Can’t wait to buy it! :-)

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