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Spinach and Chicken Pizza

by Erika Nicole Kendall

I’m a pizza lover. Biiiig pizza lover. If I had to guess what food would be my undoing.. it would be pizza. Never mind the countless weeks I spent in undergrad eating nothing but pizza. Or my plan to work at a pizza joint just so that I could get a discount on my bad habit… never mind all that.

I now have a pizza recipe that I can eat and enjoy as often as I like without having to wake up to unfortunate business caked up on my tummy, dang it.

1 pizza dough (recipe located here)

1 tomato, sliced in thin slices with each slice cut in half

2 cups of spinach

1 chicken thigh

1/2 tbsp basil

1 tsp oregano

1/4 cup parmesan

a pinch of salt

After you’ve got your pizza dough situated, pre-heat your oven on 350. Leave your dough in its bowl, and move toward cooking your chicken. Only cook it to the point where it’s no longer pink on the inside. Dice chicken into long thin strips. (Not too long, though – maybe inch tall.) Toss half of basil into chicken, and stir it up.

Lay your pizza dough flat on your baking pan. Lay spinach leaves flat out on top of dough. Cover your dough the same way you would if you were using tomato sauce. Place diced chicken on top. Take tomato slices, and lay them on top. Sprinkle oregano and basil across pizza. Slide it into the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until the top of the pizza crust begins to brown. Pull the pizza out, sprinkle your parmesan cheese on top, then slide it back in. 3 minutes later? Boom! Awesome pizza!

If you get a soggy pizza (as in, the center is a little soggy), then it has to do with your pan. I experienced this for a while, and instead I realized that I could do one of two things: 1) transfer the pizza to a rack (like pictured) so that the center could cook as well, or 2) pre-heat the pan in the oven while pre-heating the oven, but that’d require that you have your pizza dough ready and rolled out to the proper shape before you put it on the pan… which I don’t always do. Both options are yours to choose from, though!

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7 comments

Tasha July 3, 2011 - 7:01 AM

I am soo going to try this when I get home….nervous because I don’t ever cook for myself…3 more weeks til vacation and I will try to take photo and send it to you

thanks Erica

Tanji January 4, 2012 - 6:32 PM

Thank you Erika! You are truly heaven sent! I have missed pizza,lol…it is my weakest,I knew there was a way to do it, I just didn’t know how, you are a blessing!

AR January 6, 2012 - 9:34 AM

This looks great! Now if I can just go over my fear of making dough! Do you have any pre-made dough suggestions for those of us who have dough making deficiencies?

Erika Nicole Kendall January 6, 2012 - 2:33 PM
Angie August 29, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Hi Erika,

I could be wrong, but I believe that A.R. was looking for a pre-made dough, so that she wouldn’t have to make it herself.

Erika Nicole Kendall August 29, 2012 - 12:36 PM

Oh. I don’t buy dough. That’s too much money. Couldn’t help with that.

Candyce Nicole August 28, 2012 - 9:16 PM

I just made this for dinner. Sooooooo good! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I absolutely love pizza and am happy to find a way to enjoy it without the guilt 🙂

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