Chicken Pesto Paleo Pizza GF, DF

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Chicken Pesto Paleo Pizza GF, DF


This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

Did you know I tried to make a pesto pizza about a year ago and it was a total flop?

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I put probably an entire cup of pesto on the crust and the whole things just got soggy and oily and really just horrible.  Perhaps I was just thinking that I love pesto (SO TRUE!) and, hey, the more the merrier!

As it turns out, less is more when it comes to pesto on our paleo pizza, and, let’s just say I’m glad I came to my senses and gave this recipe another shot.

This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

This one, now, is pesto pizza perfection.  No dairy, no grains, no difficult-to-work-with-crust, no worries!

Speaking of that crust – it’s become quite the popular recipe since I posted it over a year ago, and it still performs perfectly every single time.

It’s the type of recipe that even a kid can follow and it’s made all in one bowl – which is always a plus by me.  In fact, I don’t have nearly enough one-bowl recipes now that I’m thinking of it!

This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

Pesto pizza glory!  So first, before we make that crust, we need to make the pesto, of course!  This particular pesto is similar to my others except that I decided to use pine nuts instead of walnuts.

Realistically, you can use any nut in place of the pine nuts and it will turn out just fine.  I happen to currently be in a little pine nut honeymoon phase or something (have you seen my kale Caesar salad?) and I just had to use them for this recipe.

I recommend making the pesto in a food processor if you have one, although a blender should work as well.  It blends up in about a minute, and you’ll be left with a whole lot of delicious pesto – more than you need!

This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

Of course, don’t be silly like I was and try to put extra pesto on the pizza – especially after I just told you how I ruined my last pesto pizza with pesto overload.

Anyhow, you can save the pesto in the fridge for about a week and use it as a dip, spread, sauce, or in recipes like my chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes and chicken pesto spaghetti squash.

It’s always best to have more than you need, in my opinion, I think we’e probably all had that one drilled into our heads by well meaning mommas on holidays 🙂

This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

Then we have the chicken – you can easily use leftover chicken for this, this you don’t need a ton, or rotisserie chicken purchased from the grocery store.

Since I didn’t have any leftover chicken around, I baked a chicken breast with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and then shredded it after it cooled.  The chicken is just so delicious with the pesto that it really doesn’t matter how you cook it!  Within reason, of course – think you know what I mean 🙂

Lastly we have sliced cherry tomatoes and some fresh herbs to top it all off.  You can use extra basil, parsley, or even oregano – whatever you like!  And with that, I think we’re finally really to make this new favorite – are you ready?!  Let’s go!

Chicken Pesto Paleo Pizza GF, DF

This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious. This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

Chicken Pesto Paleo Pizza GF, DF

This simple chicken pesto pizza starts with the perfect quick and easy paleo pizza crust, topped with a flavor-packed dairy-free homemade pesto, shredded chicken and cherry tomatoes.  This fun meal great for dinner or lunch, is kid approved, grain-free, dairy-free and insanely delicious.

Author: Michele

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Course:

Appetizer/lunch/dinner

Cuisine:

Paleo

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Pesto:

  • 1/2
    cup
    pine nuts
  • 1/4
    cup
    almonds
  • 2
    cups
    basil leaves
  • 3
    cups
    greens
    kale, spinach or both
  • 3-4
    cloves
    garlic
  • 1
    Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 2
    tbsp
    nutritional yeast
  • 1/4-1/2
    tsp
    sea salt
  • 1/2
    cup
    light olive oil

Pizza:

  • 1
    paleo pizza crust
    prepared and baked 10-12 mins
  • 5-6
    Tbsp
    pesto
    see above*
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    chicken
    cooked and shredded
  • 3/4
    cup
    sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Fresh chopped basil or parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (or keep oven heated after pre-baking crust)

  2. Dollop 4 Tbsp of the pesto over the crust and spread with the back of a spoon into an even layer

  3. Sprinkle the shredded chicken over the pesto, then the tomatoes. Dollop the remaining 2 Tbsp pesto in small amounts over the chicken and tomatoes.  Sprinkle fresh herbs over the top if desired.

  4. Bake pizza in the preheated oven or 15 more minutes, until edges of crust are a crisp golden brown and toppings are heated through. Serve immediately and enjoy! Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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