Chicken Alfredo Calzones

Sunday, August 26, 2012

This is another recipe that came to me while laying in bed on a weekend morning.  I thought chicken Alfredo sounds good.  Eh, boring.  I should make pizza dough.  Chicken Alfredo Pizza?  Nah, I want something different.  Chicken ALFREDO CALZONES?! Ah yep.  Add bacon?  Totally.  

Done and done.  
 Start by frying up some bacon.
Once it is cooked, remove the bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate.
Next, work on the chicken.  Generously season with pepper
And salt.  This is the key--good tasting chicken.
Add the chicken to a pan that has been preheated on medium high heat.  I used the same pan I fried the bacon in, just wipe it out.
Season again with s&p.  Cook on each side for about 4 minutes.
In a small sauce pan, add a bit of butter and turn on the burner to medium heat.
Chop up some garlic
Add it to the pan
Let the garlic cook a bit until it starts to turn just golden brown.  Be careful, this can burn quickly.
Pour in a jar of Alfredo sauce.
Sprinkle in a bit of parmesan cheese.
See, perfectly cooked and seasoned chicken. 
Chop up some green onion and you are set.
Get everything in order for assembly.  Oh, you will need that pizza dough on the right hand side too.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that I only use Lauren's Latest Failproof Pizza Dough. Every.Single.Time.  It really is the best.
Here is my trick for calzones.  I like the crunchiness of the cornmeal but I don't like it on the top of the calzone.  So I put half cornmeal and half flour on the baking sheet.
Roll out the dough. so the bottom (left hand side) has cornmeal and the top (right hand side) has flour.
Add some mozzarella cheese.
The chicken.
Green onion
Doctored up Alfredo sauce
And additional parmesan
Fold the edges and press together to make a seal.
Cut three slits in the top of the calzone.
Brush with a bit of melted butter or spray with cooking spray
Sprinkle with a bit of garlic salt and into the oven they go for about 25 minutes.
Hot out the oven.  These were huge but we were starving.
Creamy, bacon-y, cheesy goodness.  Amen.

Chicken Alfredo Calzones 
(makes 4 calzones)

8 Slices of bacon
2 chicken breasts or 8 chicken tenders
3 tablespoon butter, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 15 oz jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
3 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons cornmeal
2 tablespoons flour
1 lb pizza dough
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Start by frying the bacon.  Once cooked, remove to a plate lined with paper towels.

Carefully remove the bacon fat from the pan and wipe with a paper towel to remove the excess.  Spray with a bit of cooking spray.  Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Add the chicken to the pan seasoned side down.  Season the other side of the chicken and let cook on medium high heat for about 4 minutes on each side.

While the chicken cooks, place a tablespoon of butter in a small sauce pan on medium heat.  Once melted, add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes or until it just begins to turn golden.  Add the Alfredo sauce and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and chop into bite sized pieces.  Set everything out for assembly.

Take a large jelly roll (or cookie sheet) pan and dust 1/4 of the pan with cornmeal and 1/4 of the pan (right next to it) with flour.  Take 1/4 of the pizza dough and shape it into an oval. Place it on top of the cornmeal and flour.  Pull it so it is the correct shape.

Add the chicken to half of the dough leaving enough space on the outer edge so you can seal it later.  Add the bacon, green onion, Alfredo sauce and a bit of the parmesan cheese.  Pull the other half of the dough over the ingredients to make a pocket.  Using your fingers pinch and seal the edges.

Take a sharp knife and cut three small slits in the top.  Melt the remaining 2 tbs of butter in the microwave and brush over the top.  Sprinkle with garlic salt.

Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.  Check to see if it is golden brown, if not add a few minutes at a time.  Ours took about 25 minutes.

Serve with additional Alfredo sauce and enjoy!

Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz


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