Chicken Pesto Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza

It’s Friday – pizza night – right?  There is something about the weekend and pizza that seem to go together perfectly.  I’m not sure why that is, but it’s just the way it is.  If I am being honest, my husband and kids are HUGE pizza fans, and every once in a while my hubby likes to have pizza night with them; I on the other hand like it, but I very rarely eat it, and usually opt out of pizza night at our house – I know, LAME.  Pizza is one of those foods that I have a hard time just eating one slice, and it doesn’t get along with my waistline…basically pizza makes me one of “those girls.”  However, if I make homemade pizza at home, I have no problem and no guilt eating a couple of slices on Friday night pizza night.

Chicken Pesto Pizza

This Chicken Pesto Pizza is so dang tasty, and better than any pizza delivery.  It is made with a simple whole wheat crust, homemade pesto sauce, grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese, and topped with lemony arugula.  The lemon arugula is obviously optional, but I STRONGLY recommend giving it a try.  It takes this pizza from good to extremely/insanely delicious.  Trust me, even though it sounds strange, the arugula on top is so GOOD!

Chicken Pesto Pizza

A few notes about this recipe:  

  • I make the crust from scratch, and it is super simple…but I understand if you don’t want to or don’t have time – I totally get it.  My local grocery sells a fresh pre-made whole wheat pizza crust that I have used when I am in a hurry.
  • I  grill my chicken myself, usually the day before, and used leftovers for the pizza…but a rotisserie chicken would work as well, or any pre-cooked chicken.
  • I also make my own pesto sauce, it is once again super easy, but you could also use store bought pesto.  I haven’t done that personally, but I am sure it would work just fine.
  • I used fresh mozzarella because I love the taste on the pizza, but any mozzarella cheese would work
  • Finally, this pizza crust recipe makes a thicker pizza crust.  I like my pizza crust thinner, so I use some of the crust to make my kids their own personal cheese pizza – there is no way my little girl would eat a pizza with green pizza sauce on it.

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the Crust
  1. 1 package yeast
  2. 1 cup warm water
  3. 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  4. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 1 tsp coconut sugar
  6. 1 tsp salt
For the Pizza
  1. Homemade Pesto Sauce (link provided above)
  2. 4 ounces shredded chicken
  3. 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  4. 1 medium tomato, sliced
  5. Fresh basil, minced
  6. 1 Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
For the Lemon Arugula
  1. 3 heaping cups arugula
  2. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  3. Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
For the Crust
  1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water in the medium bowl (approx. 5 minutes)
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and incorporate well
  3. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, knead a few times, and spread out onto a pizza pan (I used a pizza stone, but any pizza pan or baking sheet would work)
For the Pizza
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Spread a thin layer of the pesto sauce onto the prepared crust
  3. Add the remaining toppings
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until crust starts to lightly brown
For the Arugula
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the arugula in a large bowl.
  2. When the pizza is done baking and slightly cooled, top with the arugula
Nutritional Information
  1. Calories: 343 Fat: 16 grams Carbs: 41 grams Protein: 17 grams
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3 thoughts on “Chicken Pesto Pizza

  1. Fabulous! I would love to make this on a gluten-free crust -Udi’s store bought since I haven’t had much success making my own GF crust. My kids would love this too, minus the arugula on top 🙂 Pinning to make soon!

    • I am going to have to give the Udi’s pizza crust a try. A pre-made crust makes this pizza come together super fast, which is nice for those crazy busy days 🙂

  2. Over all a good recipe with the excetion of the coconut sugar in the crust recipe. Coconut sugar? Unnecessary food snobbery which only serves to intimidate novice cooks. I defy anyone to to distinguish dough made with regular white sugar versus coconut sugar. In fact sugar of any sort is extraneous to pizza dough (& many other breads as well).

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