I changed jobs recently, and my new gig allows me flex time on the days my kids are home with me! That’s seriously the best benefit ever, especially now during the holidays when I want to be home with them and enjoy the season together.
More time with them means that Friday nights don’t necessarily mean take-out or frozen pizzas any more. I have time to make homemade crust and sauce! For this recipe, you don’t have to make homemade crust – a premade crust or frozen/refrigerated pizza dough works well, too.
Chicken Alfredo Pizza
2 Tbsp butter
3 cloves minced garlic
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup skim milk
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
pinch of nutmeg
1 lb pizza dough (or one prepared crust)
1 large (or 2 small) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (about 1 1/2 cups) **Note: I love the flavor from grilling the chicken instead.
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
chopped fresh basil, if desired
Set a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 450° F.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add cream cheese; cook 1 minute until mixture is smooth, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add milk; cook 3 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly. Add parmesan cheese, stirring until cheese melts and sauce reaches desired consistency, about 2 minutes. Add in a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Stretch the pizza dough to a 12-inch round, and transfer to a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel or parchment paper.
Spread Alfredo sauce over the pizza dough, leaving a half-inch border around the edge. Top with chicken, mozzarella cheese and parmesan. Slide the pizza onto the preheated stone, and bake for 12-15 minutes until the bottom is crisp and the cheese is bubbling.
Let pizza cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with chopped basil. Slice and serve.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1062, Calories from Fat: 642, Fat: 71 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (32 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 142 mg, Sodium: 1494 mg, Carbohydrates: 56 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 4 g, Protein: 51 g.
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