Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homemade Chicken Calzone

Hi again!  I found this recipe for DIY "hot pockets" when I was looking for something I used to make called a "chicken packet."   My old recipe is basically a chicken and cheese mixture stuffed inside pre-made dough.  I used to use cresent roll dough, rolled out and folded over.  Check out the recipe here.

The original directions for the calzone were terrible.  There was no mention of when to use the salt and sugar.  They go in the dough! I used slow-cooker shredded chicken and added a few goodies.  They turned out excellent!!!

Homemade Chicken Calzone
adapted from TLC

1/2 packet of dry yeast (approx 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1/2 cup and 1 tbsp warm water
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup unbleached flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp sea salt
1/2 tbsp raw sugar
1/2 cup-1 cup chicken
1 cup spinach, chopped and sauteed
2 cups mozzarella, shredded

Optional additions:
1/2 cup Riccotta cheese
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
*Saute all veggies*


Dissolve the yeast in warm water for about five minutes.

Gradually add water to flour and knead by hand or using the dough hook on your mixer. Add salt and sugar.  Set the mixer to medium. The process should take about ten minutes.

Transfer the dough to a large bowl, coated in olive oil. Cover with a clean towel and place in the oven (turned off). Let rise until doubled in size about 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or use a pizza stone.

Divide the dough into four balls and let rest for about 20 minutes.

Roll out each dough into 6-inch rounds. Combine chicken (sausage), spinach, garlic and cheese(s) in a bowl.
*Add any additional veggies here*

Add a generous scoop of filling, about 1 cup, onto each and form into calzones.  

Paint with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.


  1. Feel free to make some for me! I would love to devour one! YUM!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  2. Come join my first blog party on my blog and link your creations! www.artbyasm.blogspot.com. Appreciate the support! Thank you! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

    Warmest Regards,

  3. YUM! I'd love it if you could link this (and 1-2 other recipes if you'd like) up to Wonderful Food Wednesday on At Home Take 2: http://www.athometake2.com.

    At Home Take 2

    1. Thanks for the invite Jessica! I added your new button to my party page. You host a great party!

    2. Thanks for stopping by Sweet Saturday... these Calzones look like a great way to use leftover veggies and cheese. Yummy-pie!

  4. Thank you for adding your recipe to our blog party! Don't forget to follow back and add our blog party button to your post!

    Warmest Regards, Annamaria

    1. Thanks for hosting Annamaria! I'm following and I added you button to my party page.
      Have a great weekend!

  5. Yum!

    I'm a new follower from the Harvest.


    1. Thanks for stopping by! Following back = )

  6. This looks really good!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  7. These look so delicious. I wonder if my kids would eat this. Might have to give it a try.

  8. Hi, new fan here by way of Deborah Jean's Dandelion House! Stopping in to invite you to my first, weekly Blog Hop! I’d love to have you link up with us!
    The Chicken Chick

  9. Calzones...yummmm....thanks for sharing, Mary :)

  10. Yummmmy! I want to try these. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  11. YUM! This looks fantastic! I will have to try it out! We are now following you from the Blog Hop! Come follow us back!
    Brooke from babblingsandmore.com

  12. Hi Mary, I'm Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), visiting from the blog hop. These look delish! I'll have to give them a try. Hope you can stop by and say hi sometime!

  13. Yum! I love Calzone. One of my favorite. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  14. Ooh yum, those look great! I love calzones. Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!


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