Chicken and Basil Calzones

  • cpalma Posted: 03/10/09
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    This was so quick and easy. Really tasty and a great idea instead of takeout pizza. I actually used ground turkey breast since we had it in the freezer.

  • julie64 Posted: 12/02/08
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    Simple and satisfying! I made these with ground turkey (you'd have thought I would have had enough turkey on Thanksgiving weekend!) as that's all the store had. These were really good - very satisfying. I served with salad and extra pizza sauce on top. I will definitely make these again.

  • EAVarner Posted: 06/09/09
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    Great recipe! Like others, I used ground turkey instead of chicken, and it was a good substitution. We also used the CL Basic Pizza Sauce (spicy version) and made our own whole wheat pizza dough. The calzones were delicious; the whole family loved them!

  • MomBon58 Posted: 01/06/09
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    yum!

  • drsdb430 Posted: 12/18/08
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    Excellent! I used 99% lean ground turkey instead of ground chicken as it had less fat. And, used the whole can of pizza sauce. Also, i divided the dough in half and saved the other half for another day along with the extra meat as the recipe makes way too much for two people. Served it with the salad-great combo.

  • foodandbrew Posted: 12/03/08
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    This is an excellent easy dish. I couldn't find ground chicken at any of the stores near me, so I went with 93/7 turkey and it turned out great. Only bad part was the dough - it takes some time and patience to get it just right and not put holes in it, but coating my counter with corn meal helped out massively.

  • runnermom Posted: 12/10/08
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    Great weeknight recipe! I used turkey and dried basil instead of fresh. Served it with the spinach salad pictured. Yummy - great flavors.

  • akdb69 Posted: 02/22/09
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    This looked like such an ordinary recipe; I was surprised it turned out so good! I'll definitely have to keep it in mind to make again. I couldn't find fresh basil and used dried and it was still very good. A keeper.

  • Lisa712 Posted: 01/27/09
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    This is going into my regular rotation. I made it on a Friday night after work and my husband thought it was better than ordering in pizza - quite a compliment. I followed the recipe as written, except used a full jar of pizza sauce. The second time I made it I tossed in some spinach - delicious. Easy and adaptable.

  • magpiem Posted: 05/05/09
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    This is so delicious and so easy. Great to make for guests -- it's easy enough to make that doubling the recipe would be no big deal, either. I've made this numerous times and it is always a hit. I serve them with a simple side salad.

  • MeMyselfAndPie Posted: 04/23/10
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    Very delicious! I used ground turkey and added a dash more red pepper than the recipe called for. These don't taste light at all. They were gobbled up in minutes. Just don't form your calzones on your preheated oven or the dough will melt! Step-by-step photos on my blog: http://me-myself-and-pie.blogspot.com/2010/02/turkey-basil-calzones.html

  • SDKristy Posted: 01/26/11
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    Has some potential, but as the recipe stands it was bland. Needs more sauce for sure and then it could stand some addition flavors, possibly from some veggies. Husband and I bith thought it was only OK.

  • mjmayinsf Posted: 06/06/10
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    If you found yourself reading this recipe and thinking, hmmm, sounds pretty bland, but all these 5-star ratings, I must be missing something...you're not. It's pretty bland. But, still gets 3 stars, because it's a good template for a better calzone - next time I will substitute 3/4# chicken italian sausage for the 1# ground chicken (there was too much meat), increase the sauce to 1 cup and the cheese to 3 oz, and I think we'll have a winner! If you do go with ground meat instead of sausage, definitely double the garlic, add some onion, salt (depending on how much is in the sauce you're using), pepper and italian seasoning to the browning meat.

  • Hizachan Posted: 11/01/11
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    Personally found it amazing. Though, both my boyfriend and I found that it could use some more sauce. Also, I didn't use ground chicken, I used chicken breast instead since we can't get ground chicken around here. Only thing I would do to it is add more sauce and more chicken. I put 3 garlic cloves instead of 2 and added onion powder and black pepper. Was still pretty good.

  • mikeandmonica Posted: 01/09/12
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    We added some extra garlic (because we garlic), and we thought it needed a little more sauce (which we served on the side). We also thought it was a little too much basil (but I didn't measure very carefully so that could be why). The kids loved this too!

  • Talamorgan Posted: 03/11/14
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    Amazing! I always add extra cheese (because CHEESE!), extra basil, and extra sauce to taste. For me, the true sign of a great recipe is that my picky, picky kids love it and request it regularly! Brush the dough with a little egg white to brown it, and it's lovely looking, too. Sometimes I sub out the pizza dough with Trader Joe's Garlic and Herb pizza dough for a little extra zing!

  • KathrynNC Posted: 08/28/13
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    Based on previous reviews I did modify the recipe some. I added a little extra pizza sauce, a little extra cheese and substituted about 1/6 of the chicken with sausage. This is a recipe you can play with to your personal taste. To be honest, I think I would stick with the recommended 3/4 cup of sauce next time but add some veggies. I would like to see another CL recipe for a more traditional style calzone.

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