Buffalo Chicken Calzone

Oh hello there, you hunk of awesome-ness:

Cheesy, spicy, chicken-y…nom nom nom.

The other day I mentioned on facebook that I was making a buffalo chicken calzone for dinn-dinn. I got the idea from these buffalo chicken bites I pinned many moons ago. (here’s the original pin, for any of you interested in the historical part of this post.)

Of course, buffalo chicken bites sound fantastic. But when I saw that you had to get all fancy and individually wrap the chicken & cheese mixture with dough. Meh – too fancy for me. I figured – “hey, why not make it into a big wopper-calzone-thing so I only have to wrap ONE piece of dough instead of a bajillion?”

Consider me s.o.l.d.

So, I set to work making the dough (using my fave pizza dough recipe), then I combined a little of this recipe & a little of this recipe to come up with the recipe below.

So, how did we like it? Jonathan & I love spicy food, so this was right down our alley. Fantastical. The 2 times I’ve served this for dinner, I make sure there is other food in the house (read: leftovers) to give to Anna Grace. She likes to eat the bread part, but the chicken mixture is too spicy for her.

A word to those of you who don’t like blue cheese: {psssssst…I don’t either!} However, I decided to try it with blue cheese (& the second time with blue & cheddar) since that’s what the original recipe called for. So glad I did. The blue cheese adds a little bite that goes perfectly with this combo of flavors. We ate this with homemade ranch dressing and it was PaDow. Highly recommend for your next family night!

Buffalo Chicken Calzone

Buffalo Chicken Calzone

Ingredients

  • 1 Tblsp active dry yeast
  • 1 Tblsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups finely diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine yeast, sugar, oil & water.
  2. In separate bowl, mix flour & salt.
  3. Mix dry & wet ingredients together for 3 minutes.
  4. Cover dough and let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix chicken, cheeses, and hot sauce.
  6. On floured surface, shape dough into a large rectangle.
  7. Spoon chicken mixture in the center of the dough and fold the edges towards the center.
  8. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve with ranch sauce on the side.
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