Chicken Pesto Pizza

Happy Sunday! I am quickly learning there are no weekends or vacation days when you work for yourself. Which isn’t really that different than working in the corporate world, you just get to do it on your own schedule and in your pajamas.

The theme for this week is simple, healthy foods. Friday night we did a massive grocery haul at Market Basket. It was awesome to have that big task checked off before the weekend even began.

I have had a craving for homemade pizza for awhile but have had no desire to mess with dough. I just don’t have it in me to have another pizza disaster.

So I went the very easy route, Boboli whole wheat pizza crust for our lunch pizza yesterday.

Boboli pizza crust

You know what? I really liked it. Like I said, I am just in the mood for simple food these days. I don’t care that it wasn’t a hand-tossed dough or made in a pizza oven or on a special stone.

Instead of a red sauce, I decided to use my winter pesto, also known as “poor girl pesto” as the base. Winter pesto because it utilizes spinach instead of basil, and “poor girl pesto” because it uses walnuts, which are cheaper than pine nuts, and there is no parmesan cheese. To tell the truth, I love it just as much as traditional pesto.

Start by adding a bunch of baby spinach leaves to the processer.

baby spinach

Top with a handful of walnuts, 4-6 cloves of garlic, a grind of sea salt, and enough oil to cover the top. Because my pizza was cheese-less, I added a little extra oil to my pesto to make sure it was not a dry sauce.

walnuts

Voila! I always make enough pesto so that I can eat a spoonful or two right out of the bowl. It’s garlicky goodness never fails.

spinach pesto

Next up, I chopped a head of broccoli into florets. We certainly got our greens in at lunch!

broccoli florets

I didn’t get a photo of the process, but I smothered the Boboli pizza crust in pesto and a little basil oil, topped it with broccoli, and popped it into the oven at 420 degrees for about 10 minutes.

While the pizza was baking, I quickly stir fried bits of chicken breast with some olive oil and garlic.

chicken and garlic

When the pizza came out of the oven, the chicken was perfectly cooked and ready to join the rest of the ingredients.

pesto broccoli chicken pizza

Yum!

pesto broccoli chicken pizza

This was an awesome lunch that didn’t take more than 20 minutes to make. In the middle of a busy weekend, it was nice to stop for a healthy meal with all sorts of flavors.

pesto broccoli chicken pizza

This would definitely be something you could easily wrap up in foil and bring into the office for a lunch you would look forward to.

I am going to dinner at Beacon Hill Bistro tonight for a friend’s birthday. Do you have any fun Sunday plans? Do you have tomorrow off?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I’ve been doing a lot of job searching and resume writing – mostly from the couch in my PJs. Luckily Bret has agreed to let me take over the dining room table as my new home office.

    I live so close to the BHB and I wish I wasn’t going to be in Charlestown for a housewarming party because I’d invite you over for some vino!

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  2. Raija’s avatar

    This reminds me I need a real food processor…or gizmo that does the same thing. I tried using my blender recently to do a food processing job and it was a sort of painful process. This pizza is a good reminder to mix pre-made with fresh ingredients to make things easier.

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  3. Amanda L.’s avatar

    This pizza looks delicious! I’ve never had Boboli crust but it doesn’t look half bad!

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  4. Jill Colonna’s avatar

    Oh my. My favourite foods in one place. I just ADORE pesto and love the addition of broccoli in there, too. Healthy and fabulous!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

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    2. Katherine: Unemployed’s avatar

      the homemade pesto is great! I bet that makes a million times difference!

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    3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      I’m not a fan of the Boboli crust, but I like what you did with it. Sounds good!

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    4. Megan’s avatar

      That pesto looks really good in place of traditional sauce. This would definitely be something I’d love to wrap up and bring to work for lunch. I think I’m going to make myself some soup tomorrow that I can bring with me all week. I do have tomorrow off, and we’re heading down the street to Bosphorous (Turkish restaurant) with our neighbors in a little while for dinner. Have fun at Beacon Hill Bistro!

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    5. Carla Meine’s avatar

      Great post…you’ve inspired me to give this pizza crust a try.

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    6. MichellePC’s avatar

      I love Boboli! It’s always a great go-to for a simple, yet delicious, pizza.

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    7. Kankana’s avatar

      great post and the pizza looks delicious!

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    8. RavieNomNoms’s avatar

      I would LOVE that pizza!

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    9. alicia’s avatar

      This looks delicious!! I would love that pizza – pesto is my favorite on a pie!!!

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