Roasted Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pizza

Roasted Chicken & Mushroom Pizza with spinach and kale pesto sauce | http://www.theroastedroot.net

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!

(Update: The title of my cookbook was changed to Let Them Eat Kale! after this post was written)

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.

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And now the pizza!  For the sauce, I used a super duper secret (to-be-released with Give ‘em Kale!  Let Them Eat 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

Ingredients

    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
  • Gluten-Free Pizza dough
  • 1.5 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup roasted chicken
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup pesto sauce

Instructions

    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: http://www.theroastedroot.net/carnitas-taco-pizza/) 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.
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Want more gluten-free pizza pie? Doooo it!

Carnitas Taco Pizza

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Gluten-Free Spinach & Collard Greens Pizza Crust

Comments

  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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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