It’s Monday. I don’t like Mondays. But I do like Pizza, Pasta, Calzones and everything Italian and high in Carbohydrates. I also like, actually love, Trader Joe’s.  They make life so much easier with all their delicious short cuts for “homemade” cooking, like pizza dough and pesto sauce. And everything there is so much cheaper than other grocery stores. Every time I shop at Trader Joe’s, I usually end up with a grocery cart overfilling with all their delicious items, and get to the checkout stand in a slight panic that my bill is going to be close to $200, and it’s never over $100! More money for shoes! So this morning I raise my cup of coffee (Trader Joe’s Winter Blend Coffee by the way) and toast Mr. Joe.

Now, about this recipe – super easy and delicious. Great way to use up leftover chicken and great change up if your bored of regular pizza. Oh, and its man-approved. I got a high five from the boyfriend after this one.


  • 1 package pre-made pizza dough (I recommend Trader Joe’s or you can make your own, here’s a recipe)
  • 4 ounces Pesto Sauce (I recommend Trader Joe’s or you can make your own, here’s a recipe)
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (more if you like it extra cheesy)
  • Olive oil, for brushing


1. If using pre-made pizza dough let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes

2. If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven and preheat it to 500 degrees.  Otherwise, preheat the oven to 450 degrees

3. When the dough is ready, roll it out on a floured surface into two medium sized circles.  Spread pesto sauce on one side of each dough circle (or if your a pesto lover spread it on the whole thing), leaving a one inch border around the edges.

4. Sprinkle chicken pieces on one side of each dough circles, top with artichokes and cheese.

5. Fold the side of the dough without the toppings over the other side and pinch down the edges to seal. VERY CAREFULLY transfer the calzones to either your preheated pizza stone or a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

6. Brush the tops of the calzones lightly with olive oil. Bake for 13-15 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

Makes 2 large calzones, or 4 small calzones.


Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats