Divine, Gluten Free Pizza Topped With Tomato, Chicken, and Pesto

While most of my days are filled with blogging and chasing my toddler and fur baby around I’m always in search of a quick and easy dinner option that I can make both gluten free for myself and regular for my daughter and husband. As you may have caught onto by now, pesto is a key ingredient in a number of my family’s favorite dishes. I decided last night to bring out the pesto again and put together one of my all time favorite pizza combinations, Tomato and Chicken atop a pesto slathered pizza crust, a combination I was first introduced to on Pillsbury’s recipe site.

Being short on time combined with relatively empty pantry shelves (after a busy weekend, I’m overdo for a grocery shopping trip), I knew this one would be a perfect option for dinner. I pulled out a jar of gluten free pesto sauce, along with a frozen Udi’s pizza crust, a box of Perdue Shortcuts, and a few other ingredients from my refrigerator and I was almost ready to put my pizza together. When you’re missing fresh ingredients to make your own pesto sauce, it’s wonderful to be able to turn to a convenient and guaranteed gluten free premade option, especially on a busy night. Some of my favorite jarred pesto sauce brands include Wegmans store brand, Bellino, Cento, and Classico. (If you do have all of the ingredients on hand and a few spare minutes feel free to use my homemade pesto sauce recipe here.) Another quick substitute that is a huge timesaver to defrosting, cooking up, and carving your own chicken breasts are pre-cooked chicken strips like those produced by Perdue, my favorites that I use often are the Honey or Grilled varieties. After gathering and quickly preparing your ingredients, this pizza takes only a few minutes to put together and only about 7 minutes more to cook. And there you go! A wonderfully gluten free Tomato and Chicken Pesto Pizza that’s prepped, cooked, and ready to enjoy in only 15 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Udi’s Pizza Crust
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto sauce (homemade or gluten free jarred like Wegmans, Classico, Cento, and Bellino)
  • 1 small plum tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup diced chicken breast (half a 9 oz bag of Perdue Shortcuts, I used the honey variety)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese (Sorrento is gluten free)
  • garlic salt to taste
Ingredients for my divine gluten free tomato and chicken pesto pizza.
Ingredients for my divine gluten free tomato and chicken pesto pizza.

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place pizza crust on baking sheet.
  • Wash and cut tomato into thin slices.
  • Prepare chicken breast strips according to package instructions and dice into bite-size pieces.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp of pesto sauce to pizza crust and use back of spoon to smooth out a thin layer across the entire crust, being sure though to leave about 1/4 inch on the edge free of sauce.
Pesto sauce added to pizza crust.
Pesto sauce added to pizza crust.
  • Sprinkle a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese atop pesto sauce, creating a thin, cheesy layer.
Add  thin layer of  mozzarella cheese to pizza.
Add thin layer of mozzarella cheese to pizza.
  • Layer tomato slices atop the thin cheese layer.
Tomato layer on pesto pizza.
Tomato layer on pesto pizza.
  • Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup diced chicken on top of the tomatoes, being sure to distribute evenly. 
Diced chicken added evenly over pizza.
Diced chicken added evenly over pizza.
  • Finish pizza by sprinkling remaining cheese on top of chicken and tomatoes. Dust with a little bit of garlic salt to taste.
Pizza is ready to go into the oven.
Pizza is ready to go into the oven.
  • Cook pizza for between 5-7 minutes until crust becomes golden brown.
Tomato and chicken pesto pizza fresh out of the oven.
Tomato and chicken pesto pizza fresh out of the oven.
  • Let the pizza cool slightly before slicing and then enjoy!
Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Some of my favorite recipes are those that are either inherently gluten free or can be made both gluten free and regular very easily. That makes me one happy mommy! Whenever homemade pizza is on the menu in our house, I pull out my premade gluten free pizza crusts or gluten free pizza mix along with a large premade regular pizza crust (no mixes here, I don’t usually like gluten filled flour floating around in our kitchen). Last night was no exception, all I had to do was double the ingredients. I always make sure when prepping my pizzas to do the gluten free one first to prevent cross contamination and while that one is cooking, I move on to the regular one. 

This is a divine alternative to your traditional tomato and cheese gluten free pizza! Any gluten free dinner that can be put together in only a few minutes, cooked for about the same amount of time, and taste as delectable as this one is a winner in my book! Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Tomato, Chicken, and Pesto Gluten Free Pizza
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Prep Time
8 min
Prep Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. Udi's Pizza Crust
  2. 2-3 tbsp pesto sauce (homemade or gluten free jarred like Wegmans, Classico, Cento, and Bellino)
  3. 1 small plum tomato, thinly sliced
  4. 1/4 - 1/2 cup diced chicken breast (half a 9 oz bag of Perdue Shortcuts, I used the honey variety)
  5. 1/4 - 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese (Sorrento is gluten free)
  6. garlic salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place pizza crust on baking sheet.
  3. Wash and cut tomato into thin slices.
  4. Prepare chicken breast strips according to package instructions and dice into bite-size pieces.
  5. Add 2-3 tbsp of pesto sauce to pizza crust and use back of spoon to smooth out a thin layer across the entire crust, being sure though to leave about 1/4 inch on the edge free of sauce.
  6. Sprinkle a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese atop pesto sauce, creating a thin, cheesy layer.
  7. Layer tomato slices atop the thin cheese layer.
  8. Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup diced chicken on top of the tomatoes, being sure to distribute evenly.
  9. Finish pizza by sprinkling remaining cheese on top of chicken and tomatoes. Dust with a little bit of garlic salt to taste.
  10. Cook pizza for between 5-7 minutes until crust becomes golden brown.
  11. Let the pizza cool slightly before slicing and then enjoy!
Adapted from Pillsbury
Adapted from Pillsbury
Gluten Free Mom To Be http://www.glutenfreemomtobe.com/

3 Comments on Divine, Gluten Free Pizza Topped With Tomato, Chicken, and Pesto

  1. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts
    April 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

    This pizza looks totally delish! Thanks for sharing on Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Be sure to link back if you want to be featured in our weekly recap or on social media. 🙂

    Shirley

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