Calzone is a folded pizza that is stuffed with delicious ingredients similar to those used in conventional pizza. However, they are more handy and portable and thus served as an on-the-go meal by street vendors and fast food stalls. They are available in various sizes, from cookie-sized to larger ones, so you can choose one according your hunger level. Whether you fry calzone or bake them, they will always tantalize you with extravagant aroma. Tomatoes, olives, anchovies, broccoli and cheese are among the most common stuffing ingredients used in calzone. But if you are looking for a more flavorsome treat, include ground chicken seasoned with Italian herbs into your home-made calzone. The meaty flavors alongside tangy tomatoes and fresh aroma of the basil gives a thrilling experience to your palate while the melting cheese oozing out into your mouth with every bite adds to flavors. If you have enough time to spare, knead the fresh pizza dough, but readymade ones will do just fine as well.
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 can readymade pizza crust dough
- ¾ cup pizza sauce
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
- Cooking spray
- Grease a skillet with some cooking spray.
- Sauté the ground chicken with garlic in it for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Pour in the pizza sauce and stir it in with some pepper and basil.
- Simmer the sautéed mixture over low flame while stirring at times and then remove from heat.
- Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and roll the pizza dough onto it.
- Cut them into rectangular-shaped quarters and place portions of the ground chicken mixture at the centre of dough quarters.
- Top them up with 2 tbsp cheese each and fold one side of the dough over the other, seal the sides by pressing with your fingers.
- Bake the calzones in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes.
- When they turn crisp and golden brown, remove from oven and serve hot.