Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Cindy Barr
Prep Time
40 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 calzone)

Ground chicken breast is a lean alternative to beef. Substitute ground sirloin, if you prefer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Jazzy1's Review

November 27, 2014
Like many others, I used ground turkey. The calzones were very tasty. I used extra pizza sauce for a dipping sauce. These were a hit and will go into my rotation. Served with a salad.

Talamorgan's Review

March 11, 2014
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's Review

August 28, 2013
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.

mikeandmonica's Review

January 09, 2012
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!

Hizachan's Review

November 01, 2011
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.

SDKristy's Review

January 26, 2011
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's Review

June 06, 2010
If you found yourself reading this recipe and thinking, hmmm, sounds pretty bland, but all these 5-star ratings, I must be missing'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.

MeMyselfAndPie's Review

April 23, 2010
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:

EAVarner's Review

June 09, 2009
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!

magpiem's Review

May 05, 2009
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.