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Greek Pesto Chicken Pizza

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

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

About the feta cheese:

We used President Fat Free Crumbled Feta for this recipe. Despite being fat free, we thought it had all the flavor of a regular feta, with just the right amount of saltiness, and its firm texture held up nicely during the baking of the pizza. We found it in the select cheese case of our local grocery store.