BBQ Chicken Calzones

(originally made 3/2012)

Found this via Foodgawker, from the blog Taste and See.   I tweaked it a bit and it was a huge hit.    My ranch dressing already had bacon in it, so I didn't make any additional.   I used Penzey's minced dried onion because Tim is not a fan of red onion.     I put a half sheet pan in the oven while it preheated rather than digging out my pizza stone.   A small sprinkle of cornmeal before putting the calzones on it and it turned out perfect.

(No picture- gloomy day + the chosen ingredients didn't look appealing at all, but sure tasted great!)   Be sure to go check out the blog and her photos!

BBQ Chicken Calzones

  1             recipe  pizza dough -- (used soft garlic breadstick recipe from TOH)
  2                     chicken breasts from a rotisserie chicken -- chopped or shredded --I had thin chicken breasts, cooked them in the crock with bbq sauce
     1/2         small  red onion -- chopped (used dried minced)
     1/4           cup  BBQ sauce- used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey
     1/4           cup  Ranch dressing -- (used ranch with bacon)
                        Shredded cheddar cheese -- (also used part skim mozz)
     1/2       package  bacon -- cooked and diced (omitted)
     1/4           cup  fresh oregano -- chopped (used dried)
                        Olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven and pizza stone to 500-degrees.

In a bowl, mix together the bbq sauce and ranch dressing. Add the chicken and stir to combine.

Divide the pizza dough into 4 even pieces. Stretch each piece into a circle and place on a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking.

Spread 1/4 of the chicken mixture onto one half of each circle, leaving a 1-inch edge. Sprinkle with bacon, onion, cheese, and oregano. Fold into a half moon shape and crimp the edges with your fingers or with a fork. Spray the top of each calzone with cooking spray for even browning.

Place calzones onto the preheated pizza stone and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.

Serve warm with extra bbq-ranch sauce for dipping.

***Calzones freeze really well. Let them cool after baking and then wrap each one in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped calzones into a freezer bag and freeze.



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