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easy cheat bar b que chicken calzones

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Dee Tourville

This is an easy calzone on those days you just don't have time for the real thing. :)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Easy and delicious these calzones are a quick dinner or a great game day snack. There's a bit of smokiness from the barbecue sauce and a hint of sweetness thanks to the onion. As soon as you take a bite cheese just oozes out with the juicy shredded chicken. Fresh cilantro rounds out the flavors wonderfully. So good!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For easy cheat bar b que chicken calzones

  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded rotisserie chicken (or use leftovers)
  • 12
    frozen dinner rolls thawed @ room temp
  • 3/4 c
    bbq sauce (more according to your preference)
  • 1/2 bunch
    fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 md
    sweet onion
  • 1 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese

How To Make easy cheat bar b que chicken calzones

  • Frozen roll dough in muffin tins.
    Place one frozen dinner roll in each cup of a muffin tin. Cover with a light towel and let thaw to room temp and rise slightly.
  • Dough rolled out into circles on a counter.
    Roll each roll out as far as it can go. Make them thin.
  • Barbecue sauce added to rolled out dough.
    Spread 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce on 6 of the 12 rolled dough pieces, leaving about 1/4 - 1/2-inch border of dough on the outside.
  • Shredded chicken added to dough with barbecue sauce.
    Place as much cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken as desired (about 1/4 cup for each calzone).
  • Onions added to chicken and barbecue sauce on top of dough.
    Place 1-2 tablespoons of chopped onion over the tops of the chicken.
  • Cilantro sprinkled into the calzone.
    Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of cilantro over the top of the onion. If you don't care for cilantro just skip this step.
  • Cheese added to calzone.
    Sprinkled with shredded mozzarella cheese. I like cheese so I use 1/4 cup on each.
  • Top of dough added and pinched closed.
    Make sure none of the filling touches 1/4-1/2 inch dough border you left around the outside of your 6 calzones. Place a rolled out dough on top of each of your calzones and seal it up. Make sure it is sealed TIGHTLY so that none of the filling leaks out.
  • Four calzones on a baking sheet baking in the oven.
    Place the 6 calzones on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden in color.
  • 10
    We like to dip ours in garlic ranch dressing. But, you don't need to dip them in anything as they are good on their own!