20-Minute Chicken Caprese Calzones

Our house was cold when we got home this afternoon. Cranking on the oven was the best way to warm it up. These 20-minute calzones are a short-cut, semi-homemade meal that doesn’t taste short-cut in the slightest. They are warm, and cozy and comforting. They’re hand-held, too, which is a pretty great bonus in my book. And totally kid-friendly in addition to being weeknight-friendly. The only downside is that the oven is only on for a short time. At least today it was. Here you go.

* 1/2C rough-chopped fresh basil
* 3 Roma or plum tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-in. slices
* pre-roasted or grilled chicken breast, shredded or cut into small pieces
* ~4oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
* 1 package refrigerated pizza dough
* marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick baking spra and set aside.

Lay out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and cut it into 4 even quarters.

Place tomato slices onto the center of each crust. Top the tomatoes with chopped basil, chicken, and cheese. Fold the dough together over the filling and seal the ends with your fingers. Cut small vent holes into each calzone and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. 

While the calzones bake, heat some marinara sauce on the stovetop. Serve immediately with a ramekin of warmed sauce for dipping and enjoy!

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