Cheese Stuffed Pizza Bread

Cheese Stuffed Pizza Bread: Bread dough sprinkled with seasoned chicken, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and stuffed with Mozzarella and provolone cheese.  Served warm dipped in Alfredo sauce.

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Cheese Stuffed Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread. Recipe at TidyMom.net

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my family loves pizza!  and nothing beats a good homemade pizza, whether it’s grilled pizza, Mexican black bean pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup, Pizza Pancakes, homemade pizza rolls !  I like to mix it up and I’ve had this recipe for Pizza Bread printed and stashed for a long time.  Since we love chicken and spinach on our pizza I thought I’d give Erika’s recipe a little twist of our own.

Pizza Bread is the ultimate party appetizer but it also works wonderfully as an entrée served with a Simple Italian salad.

How to Make Cheese Stuffed Pizza Bread

Chopping vegetables for Pizza Bread. Recipe at TidyMom.net

The recipe might look long, but it’s really rather easy. and the great thing about Pizza Bread is, you can make it with your own favorite toppings!  The possibilities are virtually endless! We used chicken and spinach because that’s what we love. 

You could use any variety of veggies: olives, broccoli, artichokes, red and green peppers, etc. 

For the cheese, you can’t go wrong with mozzarella but we are also big fans of provolone, but you could absolutely add any variety of Italian cheeses or even a little cheddar.  We choose chicken for our meat, but pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage, salami, prosciutto would all be just as amazing!

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Making Garlic Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread. Recipe at TidyMom.net

For dipping, you can go with the traditional marinara, but garlic Alfredo makes a great companion to the chicken and spinach.

So have fun with it!!  Make it your own.

Pizza Bread Rising. Recipe at TidyMom.net

Let the pizza bread dough sit for an hour on the counter to rise……….then another hour in the fridge.

Homemade Pizza Bread. Recipe at TidyMom.net

 Then, using a rolling pin, roll the dough out and top it with cheese…… lots of cheese, the more the better!

Cheese Stuffed Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread. Recipe at TidyMom.net

Fold it up to seal in the cheese.

Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread stuffed with cheese. Recipe at TidyMom.net

 Nothing beats a baking stone for bread or pizza.  You can use a pan if you don’t have a stone, but if you don’t have a stone, I beg of you to get one!

Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread stuffed with cheese. Recipe at TidyMom.net

Slip it in the oven for just a half-hour.  Check it after about 15 minutes, if it’s getting pretty brown, you can place a piece of foil loosely on top to keep it from getting too brown.  And when there are just 3 minutes left, brush a little melted butter over it! mmmmm, can you smell it?

Cheese Stuffed Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread. Recipe at TidyMom.net

Let it cool on a rack for a few minutes before slicing.

Cheese Stuffed Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread. Recipe at TidyMom.net

Serve warm with Alfredo sauce.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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pizza bread sliced open and full of cheese

 

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Cheese stuffed Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread

Cheese stuffed Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread

Yield: 1 loaf (6-8 servings)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising  Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours

Pizza Bread is a twist on traditional pizza. Bread dough seasoned with chicken, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and stuffed with cheese. Served warm with Alfredo sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1 large boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped soft sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 2 cups mozzarella & provolone, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Using a sharp knife, chop chicken into small pieces. Season with garlic salt, oregano, and red pepper.
  2. In a 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken, until no longer pink, 5-6 minutes. Keep a close eye on these and stir them occasionally using a wooden spatula to prevent burning. Set finished pieces aside on a plate.
  3. In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water in a bowl. Let it sit for 3 minutes until foamy, then add in flour, salt, and sugar. Using a wooden spoon, mix just until it comes together. Add in chicken, spinach, basil, tomatoes, and parmesan and combine well. If the dough is too tacky, dust with a little extra flour. Cover with a towel and let rise for about 1 hour on counter, then another hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Remove dough from refrigerator. Flour parchment lined counter or table and roll dough out into 11×17” rectangle. Sprinkle cheese over top. Fold all four sides in towards the center, sealing sides so cheese is not exposed. Let rest while you preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Place loaf on a pizza stone or lined baking sheet, and bake for 25 to 30* minutes (*loosely cover with foil after 15 minutes if bread is getting dark), until golden brown. 3 minutes before removing from oven, lightly brush the top with melted butter and let it finish baking. Let rest on a wire rack to cool slightly before slicing.
  6. Serve with warm Alfredo sauce for dipping.

Notes

To pack for lunch, wrap slices in foil and lightly toast in oven before putting it in a lunchbox. Include a small container of alfredo sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1066mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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Pizza Bread is a twist on traditional pizza. Bread dough seasoned with chicken, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and stuffed with cheese. Served warm with Alfredo sauce. Print the full recipe at TidyMom.net