Mini chicken pesto calzones

Claire Gallam

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Forget pizza night and give your weekday menu a fun twist by serving up these mini bite-size chicken and pesto calzones. This not only makes a great dinner option, but it's perfect for after-school snacks too!

Mini pesto chicken calzones

Pesto isn't normally a kid favorite, primarily because of its appearance. So trick your kids into eating this creamy green sauce by hiding it inside warm pizza dough with fresh mozzarella and chicken! Add a side dipping sauce such as warm cheese sauce or even a homemade garlic dipping sauce.

Mini pesto chicken calzones

Yields about 6 calzones

Mini pesto chicken calzones


  • 1 container chilled pizza dough
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/3 cup pesto (use this recipe)
  • About 4 ounces fresh mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out the chilled pizza dough and cut into 6 even size rectangles.
  2. Mix the shredded chicken and pesto together.
  3. Place about 1-2 tablespoons of chicken pesto into the middle of each rectangle. Divide mozzarella over the top of the chicken.
  4. Cut slits into each pizza dough. Then bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.