This is on of my favorite homemade pizza recipes that I make often. Instead of the usual pizza toppings, using pesto, chicken, black olives and artichoke hearts makes for a delicious and interesting change! There should be enough toppings to make two pizzas. You can purchase pre-made pizza crusts at your grocery store or make your own crust. I have included my favorite crust recipe as well. It is easy to make and my son loves to help me knead it and roll it out!
Chicken Pesto Pizza
1 chicken breast, cooked and diced (I season mine first)
1 6-8 oz. jar basil pesto sauce
1 16 oz. bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 12 oz. jar of marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
1 2.25 oz. can sliced black olives
1 jar pizza sauce for dipping (optional)
Spread an even layer of pesto sauce on the uncooked crust.
Place the chicken, black olives and artichoke hearts evenly on top of the pesto sauce. Sprinkle a liberal amount of cheese on the top. Bake according to directions on pre-made crust package. You will have left over pesto sauce. Use pizza sauce for dipping.
Easy Homemade Pizza Dough (familyfun.com)
1 cup plus 2 Tb. warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (a 1/4 oz. envelope)
a pinch of sugar
About 3 cups unbleached flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tb. olive oil
Pour the water into a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast and sugar over it. Let the mixture stand until it becomes slightly foamy, then stir it until the yeast dissolves. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and the oil to the flour and stir until a soft dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Dust your hands with flour and knead the dough. Add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky to handle, but not too much that it becomes stiff and dry. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and springs back when pinched, about 10 minutes.
Lightly oil the inside of a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it over once so that the top, and bottom will be coated with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place until the dough doubles in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.
Flatten the dough with your fist. Cut it in two and shape each piece into a ball.
On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough into a round shape. Carefully place the crust on a pizza baking sheet or baking stone.
After placing toppings on your crust, bake each pizza at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
This crust is also great for stuffed pizzas!