GUEST POST – Chicken Florentine Pizza

Cheap Dinner – Chicken Florentine Pizza

This is a guest post for a cheap dinner of chicken florentine pizza with a great cheap recipe! Thanks so much Cheree for sending the recipe in, I can’t wait to try it once we’re off the 4 Hour Body diet or it’s my cheat day 😉 . All readers: make sure you check out her interesting adventures in food, mechanics, remodeling, outdoor travel, and all the things that make up her life here on her blog: Mohaus: Life is a beautiful adventure.

Cheap Recipe from Cheree

I used to live in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is where I met Ashley {before her days as an expat}. Now I live in rural Alabama and I find that there are plenty of restaurants that I miss from the Queen city. Since it is impossible to run to Charlotte for the weekend, I have started to improvise dishes from some of my favorite eateries.

This has been a fun endeavor since I love to cook new things. It also allows me to have a healthier lifestyle and save money.

One of the first dishes I attempted to create was the Chicken Florentine pizza from Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. While this dish doesn’t have the same wood-fired taste as the restaurant, it is big on flavor and small on price, so I would say it is a win as far as recipes go.

Chicken Florentine Pizza Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust {homemade or store bought}
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced/crushed
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1 fistful of fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp red onions, chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 slices of bacon, crumbled

Chicken Florentine Pizza Directions

  1. The MOST IMPORTANT thing I have discovered when making pizza is to preheat your oven as hot as you can for a minimum of 30 minutes. It doesn’t matter if your crust is homemade or store bought. Turn your oven up to 500ºF and let it get hot. I use a baking stone and it is important for the stone to be hot as well.
  2. While the oven is preheating, cook your bacon until it is crisp. Set aside.
  3. Chop up the chicken breast and sauté in the bacon grease that is still in the pan. Once the chicken has browned, set it aside.
  4. Roll out your dough on a sheet of parchment paper {I cheat and use store bought and it always tastes great}. You will transfer the whole pizza to the stone once your oven is hot.
  5. Meanwhile pour the olive oil into a small bowl and add the crushed garlic. Brush the garlic-infused oil over dough.
  6. Top first with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses, then add the chicken, tomato, spinach, and onion, crumbled bacon and finally sprinkle with Feta.
  7. Turn your oven down to 425ºF and transfer the pizza to the stone.
  8. Cook 6-10 minutes or until done. If you have problems with the spinach cooking too much, you can add it at the end.

  9. Cheree

Homemade Mini pizza with apples, onions and peppers

Homemade pizza is some of the best cheap food around. It’s no wonder there are a million pizzerias around, the margin on ingredients is great. My husband is Italian so he’s been honing his pizza dough skills throughout the years we’ve been married. It can be tricky business, not only to get the dough consistency right, but the flavor, tossing and cooking to perfection is a definite task.

We love making homemade pizza and saving leftovers for lunch throughout the week. We try to make ‘healthy’ pizza, which in our minds includes whole grain dough, sometimes adding ground flax seed, using mostly vegetables and staying away from pork products or processed meats like sausage or pepperoni. This takes a lot of the greasyness out of the pizza and in turn the calories and fat.

The recipe below for homemade pizzas was inspired by our original post of Costa Rican Homemade Pizza. You can find the recipe and instructions for the dough there. This time we added some apples for a slight bit of sweetness and garnished it with fresh basil that knocked it out of the park. It’s simple to do and you can either take it fully cooked with you to work and reheat it in the microwave or toaster oven or just eat it cold. It’s THAT good. Enjoy!

Homemade Pizza Ingredients

  • Homemade Pizza Dough
  • 1/2 Fresh Ripe Apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Fresh Ripe Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Marinara sauce
  • 4 Fresh Basil Leaves, torn into small pieces
  • thinly sliced fresh garlic

Homemade Pizza Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place pizza stone inside.
  2. Split your dough ball into quarters and place two of the dough balls into plastic wrap and into the freezer for another time.
  3. On a floured surface, stretch the two dough balls out into the crust size you want, bake for 2 minutes and remove, leaving the stone in the oven.
  4. Spoon a generous amount of marinara sauce onto the dough and cover with mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, garlic, onion and apple slices.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese begins to get golden brown
  6. Remove and let sit for 2-3 minutes, sprinkle with fresh basil pieces, cut and enjoy.

homemade pizza with apples