This was a twist on our usual pizza night. I saw this recipe over on Multiply Delicious and thought it sounded great! My two favorite foods, chicken and pizza, all in one!! How could I go wrong?! The original recipe made this into little pizza bites for a party. I was really interested in the filling, so I decided to switch it up and make it into a big pizza calzone braid. It turned out great! We topped the braid with some pizza sauce and parmesan. We loved the flavor of the chicken and pesto. I would definitely make this again. If I ever have a party at the house, I would make the little pizza bites like the original recipe. I think they would be a hit.
Chicken Pesto Calzone Braid
1 can crescent rolls
1 ½ cups cooked chicken, minced
⅓ cup pesto (store-bought or homemade)
1 garlic clove, minced
⅓ cup ricotta cheese
1 Tbsp tomato paste
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Finely chop chicken. In a large mixing bowl, mix the chicken, pesto, minced garlic, ricotta cheese, tomato paste, parmesan, and mozzarella. Mix all until well combined.
Unroll crescent roll dough, and arrange flat on a medium baking sheet. Pinch together perforations to form a single sheet of dough. Using a knife or scissors, cut 1 inch wide strips in towards the center, starting on the long sides. There should be a solid strip about 3 inches wide down the center, with the cut strips forming a fringe down each side. Spread the chicken mixture along the center strip. Fold the side strips over chicken mixture, alternating strips from each side. Pinch or twist to seal.
Bake at 375 for 25-28 minutes, or until golden brown.