Arugula Pesto Chicken Pizza Recipe | Home Meat Delivery | Crescent Foods

Arugula Pesto Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough: 

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • ½ teaspoons sugar 
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt 
  • ½ cup warm water 

Arugula Pesto: 

  • 1 1/2 cups arugula  
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • ¼ cup almond slivers 
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil  
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese 

Toppings: 

  • Crescent Foods Boneless Skinless Breast Fillets
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil 
  • ½ cup broccoli florets 
  • ¼ cup sliced cherry tomatoes  
  • ¼ cup soft mozzarella pearls

Method:  

  • Dissolve yeast in warm water.  
  • In a large bowl mix together all-purpose flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the water and yeast mixture and the olive oil. Mix until a ball of dough forms.  
  • Lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place into a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  
  • Allow the dough to rise in a warm, dark place for a minimum of 1 hour.  
  • While the dough is rising, make your pesto. Blend arugula, almonds, parmesan, garlic and olive oil in a food processor until a uniform paste is created.  
  • Season Crescent Foods Chicken breasts with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook chicken breasts 2-3 minutes per side.  
  • Chop chicken breasts into cubes.  
  • Preheat oven to 550 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Roll pizza dough out into an 12 inch circle using a rolling pin 
  • Spread pesto onto the dough and arrange chicken, broccoli, and tomatoes 
  • Bake pizza for 12-15 minutes, or until light golden brown 
  • Add the mozzarella pearls  

Chefs Tip: Make your pizza dough the night before. This eliminates wait time and will ensure you have dinner made in no time! I allow my dough to rise in the inside of my oven. Just be sure it is not on! 

I love this pizza recipe, because it conceals a super healthy green (the arugula) in the inside of the pesto. This is a great way to get picky eaters to eat more vegetables.  The tender, juicy, chicken breasts add protein, to a typically carb heavy dish and the broccoli and tomatoes add fiber, nutrients and antioxidants for a more heart healthy take on pizza.  


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