Chicken Pesto Pizza
Chicken Pesto Pizza combines all of your favorite flavors into a convenient,easy to eat pizza recipe that is elegant and delicious, while still being yourfavorite comfort food.Serve up our Tomato Salad Recipe with this pizza for a kick of bright flavoron the side!Table Of Contents
Why Make This Chicken and Rice Bake?
There are so many chicken and rice recipes on the internet, but I can promiseyou one thing…this one is 100x the best! We tested this more times than youcan count and the flavor is just out of this world.Flavor: the flavor of this dish is on point. We used a combination of chickenbroth, spices, garlic, butter, and Worcestershire sauce to get that ultrasavory flavor.One-Pot: there truly is nothing better than not having to clean a million potsand pans after you cook dinner. Clean one pot and done!Leftovers: If you are 1 or 2 people, you’re going to get multiple meals out ofthis chicken and rice.Balanced Meal: Protein + Veggies + Grain = perfect balanced meal for anynight.
Chicken Pesto Pizza
This is a great upscale pizza to serve friends at gatherings or just enjoywith your family. It still satisfies your desire for cheesy goodness, butpacks a more sophisticated flavor than traditional pepperoni. I love the waywhite sauce pizza tastes, and this is one of my favorites. Here’s why:Flavor- The pesto is fresh and herbaceous. And the grilled chicken breast addsso much extra meatiness and flavor. You won’t want it any other way.Texture- The homemade pizza dough adds the perfect amount of chew to make areally delicious, thin (but not too thin) crust pizza.Ease- Summer is grilling season and you can easily cook up some smoky chickenin no time. And if you’re not grilling, you can still enjoy this pizza withchicken cooked on a skillet.
Can I use store-bought pizza dough?Yes, you can use a store-bought crust instead of homemade for this ChickenPesto Pizza. But homemade pizza dough isn’t hard at all and it tastes so muchbetter than what’s sold in the stores. Give this recipe a try and you’ll beamazed by how easy it is and how much more delicious your pizza turns out.How to Store and Reheat Chicken Pesto PizzaThe best way to store leftover pizza is by stacking it in an airtightcontainer or ziplock bag, with parchment paper or foil between layers. You cankeep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze it for 3-4 months. Toreheat a slice, you can warm it in the oven, in a pan on the stove, ormicrowave it (though this takes away the crispness of the crust).
What is a Dutch oven?
A dutch oven is a large, heavy pot made out of cast iron. It’s great forcooking one-pot meals because it retains heat, which helps cook your foodevenly.
chicken thigh tip
Remember, chicken thighs come in all shapes and sizes. We used medium-sizedthighs and our cook time was right around 35 minutes.
How to Make Chicken and Rice (step-by-step)
So, how do you make chicken and rice from scratch? It’s SO easy! Remember,scroll all the way down to our recipe card for the full ingredients +instructions. 1. Season + Sear Chicken: Generously season chicken thighs with an all-purpose chicken seasoning. Then heat olive oil in your Dutch Oven and sear thighs on both sides. The goal here is to give them some color and brightness and to also create that amazing crust on the skin, 2. Saute Veggies: Add more butter and olive oil to the pot and then sear garlic, onion, mushroom, and carrots. Don’t cook them all the way through, the purpose is to just start the cooking process. 3. Add All Ingredients: Add in white rice, chicken broth, frozen peas, Worcestershire sauce, and the rest of the spices and mix to combine. 4. Bake: Cover Dutch oven with the lid and bake at 375ºF for about 35 minutes. Remove the lid and use a thermometer to make sure the thickest part of the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF. The rice should be completely cooked and all liquid should be absorbed. If not, continue cooking for 5-10 more minutes.”