Tuscan Chicken Pizza

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza!  Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

Sometimes you just need pizza. And by sometimes, I mean pretty much every Friday night. Ok, maybe Saturday night. But a weekend without a pizza just isn’t a weekend in my book! We don’t often use chicken on pizzas around here (unless it’s buffalo chicken), but I wanted to make a pizza using chicken combined with Italian herbs. The result? This Tuscan Chicken Pizza. It’s delicious!

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

One of the best things about this Tuscan Chicken Pizza is how easy it is to make. I actually used canned chicken for this recipe, and it turned out quite well. (Canned chicken in our house is usually reserved for chicken salad.) However, I didn’t feel like cooking up chicken breasts, so I opted for the canned version.

I did cook that canned chicken in a dry skillet for about 6-7 minutes. That extra step accomplished two things – it dried out the chicken (canned chicken tends to be a bit wet) and it browned the chicken (thus adding more flavor).

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

Tuscan Chicken Pizza

While that chicken was cooking in the skillet, I rolled out the pizza dough and brushed an herbed olive oil mixture all around the edges. This herbed olive oil is the secret to amazing pizza crusts! This time I used a combination of olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, garlic, basil and salt. These classic Italian flavors really added a huge flavor boost to this Tuscan Chicken Pizza!

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

From there, the dough gets baked for a few minutes before all of the toppings get added. This extra step helps develop the crust. I’ve found that when I use store-bought pizza dough, the crust tends to get a bit soggy if you add all of the ingredients right at the start. There’s nothing sadder than a pizza with a soggy crust! The solution is to bake the crust for about 8 minutes first.

This Tuscan Chicken Pizza turned out quite well, and it’s definitely going to be making more appearances in our house. Our ‘normal’ pizza is simply pepperoni, red onions and jalapenos, however the red bell peppers on this pizza added a fun twist.

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

If you’re looking to mix up pizza night, then put this pizza on the menu! If you use store-bought pizza dough and canned chicken, then the prep work for this recipe is very easy. In fact, you can have this pizza ready to eat in just about 30 minutes. Dinner done! Enjoy!

Did you make this Tuscan Chicken Pizza at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

Tuscan Chicken Pizza

Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 278kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. refrigerated pizza dough
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley plus more for finishing
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 13-oz. can chicken, drained (or 2-3 boneless chicken breasts), cooked and shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • cup thinly-sliced red onions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Unroll pizza dough onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Using a small bowl, add olive oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, basil and salt; stir until well combined. Brush olive oil mixture around outer 1” edge of dough. Using a fork, dock the center of the dough at 1” intervals to prevent it from puffing up while baking.
  • Bake crust for 8 minutes; remove pan from oven.
  • Meanwhile, rinse the canned chicken and saute in a dry skillet for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Note: This step removes excess water from the chicken while also adding more flavor.)
  • Spread sauce evenly on top of dough, leaving outer 1” edge to create a crust.
  • Spread mozzarella, shredded chicken, sliced bell pepper and sliced red onions evenly on top.
  • Bake for 8-10 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with more chopped parsley before slicing and serving.
Mix up pizza night with this Tuscan Chicken Pizza! Topped with chicken, red bell peppers and a generous amount of Italian herbs, this pizza makes for a tasty (and easy) meal!

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18 Comments

  1. cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan cheeses and mushrooms and can i skip red bell pepper as am not a big fan of red bell pepper i never had tuscan chicken pizza before i love pizza soooooooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    1. Pizza is the ultimate blank canvas, Ramya – you can definitely add whatever toppings you like! I do recommend the herbed olive oil, though. That little trick makes the crust taste SO good!

  2. 5 stars
    I love pizza with chicken. You know why? It’s leaner than any other common (deli meats) toppings, so it’s totally fine to eat more pizza. Legitimate reason, right? (On the other hand, it does not mean a pizza with other toppings would stop me from eating the same amount LOL) This version looks and sounds delish – nice flavours and textures. I also clearly see some sun-dried tomatoes (or maybe red pesto), amongst all these beautiful ingredients.

    1. Haha – I like your logic here, Ben. 🙂 Anything that allows me to have more pizza is good in my book! The flavor of this pizza was outstanding…and it was ready in just ~30 minutes or so. Perfect!

  3. Well this looks fabulous. It helps to be married to someone who has the same taste in pizza. We both must have extra sauce and extra cheese. We’ve made it forty years…. So I know somethin’ about this topic! Great toppings.

    1. Extra sauce and extra cheese sounds like a winning combination, Mimi! 40 years certainly qualifies you for the title of Pizza Masters! 🙂

    1. I agree, Kathy – chicken isn’t always my first choice for pizza, either. But I’m telling ya – chicken with Italian herbs? It turned out quite well! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness David, you are a genius! Baking the pizza dough for 8 minutes before adding the toppings, I am doing that now! What a great way to avoid a soggy crust. I love brushing pizza dough with olive oil before baking, and your herbed olive oil sounds absolutely delicious. 😋. This Tuscan Chicken pizza is one gorgeous and delicious looking pizza, yum!

    1. The pre-baking for store-bought dough is a must! I have no idea why homemade dough doesn’t need to be pre-baked, but the store-bought dough just gets soggy. Pre-baking is the answer! That herbed olive oil is fantastic, and I could totally see making a piece of dough brushed all over with it…breadsticks perhaps?? 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    What a flavourful Italian-inspired chicken pizza, David! I could definitely use a slice or two! Those purple onions and peppers look so good.

  6. 5 stars
    Ohhh never had seen canned chicken before, sounds interesing, possibly it would be similar to tuna. Anyways I digress, that pizza looks amazing, I love chicken pizza’s specially with camembert, cream and cranberry sauce

    1. Yes! Canned chicken is very similar to canned tuna. By itself, it’s not great…but it works well for chicken salad or on recipes like this pizza. I like your idea of camembert + cranberry sauce! That sounds like a good cold weather pizza!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve been craving pizza like crazy this week – how did you know? Love the flavors in this pizza and how easy it is to make – perfect for a pizza night at home!

    1. Haha – well I’m pretty much craving pizza like crazy every week. 🙂 This is a really tasty pizza, and it’s now on our rotation of favorite pizza toppings! Thanks, Marissa!

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