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BBQ Chicken Calzones

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BBQ Chicken Calzones

I tried BBQ chicken pizza for the first time several years ago when I was studying abroad in London.  It was one of those late night “I need to eat something before we go out” dinners where my roomie ordered it and I was dubious.  I don’t normally crave BBQ chicken pizza and we don’t have it often, but the other day I got a craving and couldn’t stop thinking about trying to make my own version.

To make it a little more approachable for a weeknight dinner, I decided to pick up some pre-made pizza dough and turn the entire thing into calzones.  I also picked up some Great Lakes Brewing Company Dortmunder Gold BBQ Sauce.  This bbq sauce was just the right amount of spicy and sweet without being too syrupy.  To build off yesterday’s post, bbq sauce is one of those condiments that you have to be careful with because some sauces are hiding a lot of added sugars.  For this particular sauce, there’s less than 8 grams of sugar per serving which is really good for a bbq sauce.  I served these with simple side salads to make a really yummy and easy dinner.

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BBQ Chicken Calzones
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add the sliced red onion to a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Season with some salt and stir semi frequently while they caramelize.
  2. Season the chicken breast with the onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add to a sauté pan over medium high heat and cover. Allow the chicken to cook through completely. This should take about 5 minutes a side depending on how thick your chicken is cut.
  3. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, we're going to use it to shred the chicken. If you don't have a KitchenAid, go ahead and use two forks to shred the chicken.
  4. Throw the fully cooked chicken in the bowl of you stand mixer. With the paddle attachment on, go ahead and turn the mixer on low. It should just take a few minutes to fully shred the chicken. So easy!
  5. Once the chicken is shredded, add about 1/4 of the bbq sauce to the chicken and stir to combine. Set aside.
  6. Cut the pizza dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll out each piece into a thin oblong shape.
  7. Fill each oblong with a little bit of cheddar, then the onion, chicken, cilantro and top with bbq sauce. Once they're filled, go ahead and fold over the edge and pinch the edges to seal.
  8. Place the sealed calzones onto a parchment lined sheet pan and use a sharp knife to poke 2-3 small slashes in the top of each calzone to vent. Bake in a 375 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, top the calzones with a sprinkle of cheddar on each one and then return to the oven for about 5 more minutes.
  9. The calzones should be golden and puffed up when you take them out of the oven. Serve with additional bbq sauce.
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