Chicken and Basil Calzones

Chicken and Basil Calzones Recipe
Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Cindy Barr
Ground chicken breast is a lean alternative to beef. Substitute ground sirloin, if you prefer.


4 servings (serving size: 1 calzone)

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Recipe Time

Prep: 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 459
Caloriesfromfat 14 %
Fat 7.1 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 1 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 39.1 g
Carbohydrate 56.4 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Iron 3.7 mg
Sodium 919 mg
Calcium 111 mg


Cooking spray
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground chicken breast
3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic and chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Stir in pizza sauce and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Let stand 10 minutes.

3. Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; cut dough into quarters. Pat each portion into an 8 x 6–inch rectangle. Divide chicken mixture evenly among rectangles; top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese. Working with one rectangle at a time, fold dough in half over filling, pinching edges to seal. Repeat procedure with remaining rectangles. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until golden.