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cilantro pesto chicken pizza

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Kristi Bell
North Little Rock, AR

My hubby loves this recipe. The kids not so much. On half of the pizza dough, I do cheese and pizza sauce.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Want to up the game for Friday pizza night? Then you need to try this pesto pizza. Our whole crew loved it. The pesto is fresh tasting and packed with cilantro and garlic. A nice change from traditional pizza sauce. Taco seasoning added to the chicken helps add a bold flavor. The tomatoes and sliced red onion add even more fresh flavor. Shredded Colby Jack is a delicious cheese option. A nice summertime pizza.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For cilantro pesto chicken pizza

  • 1 can
    refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough
  • 1 lb
    chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp
    taco seasoning mix
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 pkg
    shredded Colby Jack cheese, 8 oz
  • 1/2 c
    tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 c
    thinly sliced red onion
  • taco sauce, as garnish
  • sour cream, as garnish
  • cilantro pesto, recipe below
  • 2 c
    cilantro leaves
  • 2
    jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice

How To Make cilantro pesto chicken pizza

  • Oven preheating and prepping a baking sheet.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Preparing the cilantro pesto.
    Prepare the cilantro pesto. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine cilantro, jalapenos, garlic, oil, and lime juice. Process until mixture is almost smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Pizza crust baking in the oven.
    Unroll pizza crust on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Brushing cilantro pesto onto the pizza crust.
    Spread Cilantro Pesto evenly over crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
  • Chicken and taco seasoning in a bowl.
    In a medium bowl, combine chicken and taco seasoning.
  • Browning chicken in a skillet.
    In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Chicken placed over pesto.
    Place chicken evenly over pesto.
  • Cheese, tomatoes, and onion on top of the chicken.
    Top evenly with cheese, tomatoes, and onion.
  • Baking the pizza.
    Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with taco sauce and sour cream, if desired.