Sunday, January 20, 2013

BBQ Chicken Calzones


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I was browsing recipes to use up some chicken I had in my fridge over at Michelle's Tasty Creations (I highly suggest you visit she has tons of great recipes!  I pinned a bunch for future use!) when I found this amazing recipe for BBQ Chicken Calzones.  Seriously?!?  Can you get much easier or delicious looking?!?

We love BBQ anything in our house...I mean we do live in Kansas City ;)  But this is even better!  It's like BBQ chicken and pizza....yum!  No going wrong there!  I did make my own dough because I have been on a baking kick lately and I had everything on hand.  Since I made my own dough I decided to divide it and make individual 4 medium calzones.

Super Easy Pizza Dough
1 cup warm water, just above body temp about 105-110 degrees
1 package dry active yeast, or 2-1/4 tsp
1 TBS sugar
2 tsp salt
2 TBS olive oil
2 1/2 cups flour

  • Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water until foamy, 5-10 minutes
  • Add salt, olive oil, and 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • Mix until incorporated
  • Continue adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until fully combined, depending on humidity you may need to add another 1/2 cup to total 3 cups (the dough should be tacky but shouldn't sick to you when you touch it)
  • On a lightly floured surface knead dough for about 5-10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5-8 minutes (add flour 1 TBS at a time to prevent sticking)
  • Place in a oiled bowl and toss to coat the dough then let rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled
  • When doubled punch down and prepare as needed or you may wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours or freeze for later use
While the pizza dough was rising I made a double batch of my Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce.  I was out and I wanted some extra for dipping.  Once those two ingredients were ready (which can be made ahead of time) I moved on to the recipe.

BBQ Chicken Calzones source Michelle's Tasty Creations
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2-3/4 cup BBQ sauce, enough to cover and moisten the chicken
1 pizza crust, homemade or store bought
2 cups shredded cheese, I used marble jack and colby cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
cornmeal for dusting (optional)
olive oil for the tops (optional)
extra BBQ sauce for dipping (optional)
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal
  • Combine chicken with BBQ sauce and coat well
  • Roll out your dough between 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick (I made 4 calzones by separating my dough into 4 equal portions and rolled into 6 inch circles)
  • Spread the BBQ chicken over half of the dough 
  • Sprinkle with the shredded cheese, parmesan cheese, and the onion
  • Fold over and crimp the edges (HERE'S a great video demonstrating how to crimp edges!)
  • Cut 2 slits on the top of the calzone
  • Brush with olive oil, place on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
This was a big hit!  My daughter had seconds and even my picky little one told me how nummy it was :)  Not to mention how versatile it is.  You can add whatever you like.  Some jalapenos for a kick, crispy bacon, or sweet pineapple would be fabulous!  It's entirely up to you.  Enjoy!

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Below is the nutritional value per serving.  This recipe yields approximately 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 132 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 7%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 25%Iron 14%
Nutrition Grade C
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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  1. Oh my mouth is watering! You picked a good one here :)
    I especially love that you show the nutrition facts! Wonderful to have you on the SRS

    1. Definitely no leftovers with this one ;) Thank you so much! Happy to be part of SRS! Thanks for putting it all together :)

  2. Great post! I'm so glad your family liked this recipe. We LOVE Calzones over here. Glad to have found your blog! Following along now :)
    Have a great weekend

    1. Welcome and thank you! This is a fabulous recipe! I am so glad I tried it and they will definitely be added to the rotation from now one. Your instructions made it so easy to make! Love your blog and look forward to reading more great creations :)

  3. Who doesn't love a good calzone? Yum thanks for sharing at SRS, as a partner I look forward to next month!

    1. Completely agree! I can't believe I have never made a calzone before. They are so easy! I look forward to next month too. This is a great group and I am so excited to be part of it :)

  4. These calzones look delicious and family friendly. And there's that green onion I love so much!
    Thanks for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo.

    1. Thank you :) I agree...we love green onions too. And this one was definitely gobbled up in no time!

  5. These look delicious! Definitely putting them on the list for next week! Hopped over from Tempt my Tummy.

    Julia @ Mom on the Run x2

    1. They are incredibly yummy! Enjoy and have a wonderful week :)

  6. That's a great one! We love BBQ chicken at our house, these would definitely be well received. :)

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