This pesto chicken pizza is made with Greek-inspired flavors that include spinach, feta cheese, and oregano.

Greek Pesto Chicken Pizza

The flavor combinations in this homemade pesto and chicken pizza are a nice change from traditional tomato sauce and cheese.

Instead of tomato-based pizza sauce, we made a Greek-style pesto with fresh spinach and oregano, garlic and lemon.

In keeping with Greek-inspired flavors, we seasoned the chicken fresh oregano and lemon and added feta cheese along with mozzarella for the topping.

For the crust, you can try our homemade dough recipe that follows or you can save time and use store-bought.

Greek Pesto Chicken Pizza

Greek Pesto Chicken Pizza

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious homemade pizza with Greek-inspired flavors like fresh spinach and oregano, lemon and feta cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces fresh spinach leaves, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the chicken:

  • 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the pizza:

  • 1/4 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese (see notes)
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, coarsely shredded
  • Dough for one 13-inch round pizzas (about 1 lb fresh ~ recipe follows)

Instructions

  1. Place the spinach leaves, olive oil, garlic, vinegar, oregano, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse repeatedly until the mixture forms a coarse paste. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken with oregano, salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer and sauté just until no longer pink in the middle ~ about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with lemon juice, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a 13-inch pizza pan with nonstick spray and place the pizza dough in the center. Flatten with the palm of your hand, then, using your fingertips, press and stretch the dough to form a 13-inch circle, creating a slightly thicker rim around the edge. Pinch out any air bubbles that may have formed.
  4. Spread the pesto evenly over the crust to within 3/4-inch of the edge. Distribute the onion and pepper slices on top, then add the chicken. Top with the feta cheese, then the mozzarella.
  5. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden brown and crisp on the edges.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Notes

Be sure to just barely cook the chicken so that it doesn't dry out when you bake the pizza.

Our Easy Pizza Dough

Our Easy Pizza Dough

Yield: 1 lb dough
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

This recipe for pizza dough uses equal amounts of both all-purpose and bread flour to achieve just the right texture once baked.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup water at approximately 110°F
  • 1/2 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, salt and olive oil in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 to 7 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy and forms bubbles.

If using a stand mixer:

  1. Attach the dough hook and put both flours in the bowl. Add the yeast mixture and mix at medium-low speed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.
  2. If the mixture seems too dry, add some additional water in 1 teaspoon increments.
  3. If the mixture seems too wet, add extra all-purpose flour in 1 teaspoon increments.
  4. Once the dough has formed a ball, continue kneading for an additional 6 to 7 minutes, or until the dough is soft and elastic.

If working by hand:

  1. Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
  2. If the mixture seems too dry, add some additional water in 1 teaspoon increments.
  3. If the mixture seems too wet, add extra all-purpose flour in 1 teaspoon increments.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a flat surface that has been lightly floured. Knead by hand for 8 to 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Let the dough rise:

  1. Transfer to a large bowl that has been brushed with olive oil, cover with a damp towel and set aside in a draft-free location to rise for 1-1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
  2. Proceed with the recipe according to directions.