Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Calzones

Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Calzones Recipe

I'm super excited to be sharing my original recipe for Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Calzones with you today! I came up with the idea for this recipe when I won the February 1,2,3 Cook and Snap Recipe/Photo contest (hosted by The Foodie Blogroll on facebook) with my Deconstructed Strawberry Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Chocolate Ganache recipe.

One of the perks of being the winner of last month's contest was that I was presented with the opportunity to choose the 3 key ingredients for this month's contest. After much deliberation I decided to choose chicken, bacon and avocado because I just knew there would be some really spectacular recipe competition out there for me with these incredibly flavorful ingredients.

So, bring it on, people! I'm ready for you! LOL. Surely you know, I jest. This is purely a fun and friendly contest intended to spur on our collective creative juices... I can hardly wait to see what everyone else has made. Good luck everyone :)

Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Calzones Recipe

I think what you'll really love about this recipe is the ease in which you can whip these up for a busy weeknight dinner. With easy-to-use ingredients like store bought rotisserie chicken, prepared pizza dough (I made my own, but feel free to use ready-made) and even store bought pre-cooked bacon and guacamole, in a matter of mere minutes these yummy calzones can be on your dinner table.

Please note that I wrote this recipe for both the completely homemade version, and also for the speedy, no-time-to-fool-around-in-the-kitchen version. Feel free to use whichever one works the best for you and your busy lifestyle. I promise, I won't tell a soul :)

Yield: 8 - 6" calzones

1 pound pizza dough (homemade *recipe follows* or store bought.)
        To make homemade pizza dough:
       *1 package active dry yeast*
       *1 cup warm water*
       *1 teaspoon granulated sugar*
       *2 tablespoons olive oil*
       *2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour*
       *1 teaspoon salt*
-Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the sugar and allow to sit and get foamy (about 5 minutes).      -Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture. 
-In a stand mixer with the dough hook, mix the flour and salt. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture.
-Mix with the dough hook until all the flour has been incorporated and the dough comes together to form a ball. *Note - If the dough seems too wet and sticky, add in a bit more flour until the dough is slightly sticky and yet smooth and elastic.
-Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft free place until double in size (approximately 1 hour).

3/4 pounds bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled (or you can use store bought pre-packaged, cooked bacon)
1/2 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and shredded (use the remainder of the chicken for another meal)
1 1/2 cups avocado mayonnaise (homemade *recipe follows* or store bought guacamole.)
        To make avocado mayonnaise:
        *2 ripe avocados*
        *2 tablespoons mayonnaise*
        *1 tablespoon cilantro paste*
        *1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice*
        *1/2 teaspoon salt*
        *1/4 teaspoon black pepper
-Mash the above 6 ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use*

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Divide the pizza dough into 8 equal pieces. Work each piece of dough into approximately 6" circles. *Note-I used my fingertips and hands to do this. I didn't not use a rolling pin but you might want to if that works better for you.
-Spread about 1 to 1 1/4 tablespoons of the avocado mayonnaise on the bottom half of the pizza dough circle, making sure to keep it from the edge. *Note-You'll have leftover avocado mayonnaise so make sure you use it for dipping sauce when you serve the calzones.
-Top the avocado mayo with a bit of the shredded chicken (approximately 1 tablespoon) and top the chicken with some of the cooked bacon.
-Wet the bottom edge of the pizza dough with a slight bit of water and then carefully stretch the top half of the dough circle over the filling and press it firmly to the bottom half of the dough circle. You now have a half moon shape.
-Press the tines of a fork firmly around the edge of the filled calzone and use a paring knife to cut a small vent hole on the top of each calzone. Continue the same process with the remaining dough.
-Place each calzone on a parchment lined baking sheet (4 per sheet).
-Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the calzones are a lovely golden brown.
-Cool slightly and serve warm with the remaining avocado mayonnaise if desired.

Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Calzones Recipe

I hope the way I wrote this recipe is understandable, but should any of you out there have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment with your questions. I'll be happy to clarify my directions for you if needed.

And now, because March is the official month of Dr. Seuss, I've chosen to coordinate this recipe with this custom glass I painted for a client last year, at her request. "Don't cry because it's over...Smile because it happened!" :) Good advice, don't you think?

Dr. Seuss wine glass. Oh the places you'll go!
If there is ever anything I can paint for you, please don't hesitate to contact me or visit my shop which is located within the navigation bar. Custom orders are always welcome and I can work from any photo or description you send my way.
Kudos Kitchen By ReneƩ ~ Where food and art collide on a regular basis!

Until we eat again,

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