Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Yum!

This is the Bomb!!!

So a few days ago, I was going through a stack of old magazines and newspapers that have been pilling up on my dresser for a while now and since we are moving soon, it was time to throw away and organize some things. Well as I was going through the junk, an ad popped at me.

A pizza ad to be exact.

And since Mr. Picky was right next to me, he noticed. And he said that he was craving pizza. Badly.

So of course I had to make some.

He rarely has any requests when it comes to food so when he does I try to accommodate him as much as possible.

All he wanted on his pizza was chicken, bacon and ranch.

I made it happen and it turned out fricken fa-bu-lous :)

I love making homemade pizza! I just really don’t see the point in spending $15-$20 on something that is really cheap to make! I also love that I know exactly what goes in it and can customize it however I want:)

If you can, make your own dough, the recipe I use is very easy to make and super quick so you definitely need to give it try.

But if you are short on time go ahead and cheat, its ok :)  You can get pizza dough from your local grocery store or ask your favorite pizza place and they might sell you some!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Makes 1 pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 medium small chicken breasts, shredded
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • about 2 cups of shredded italian blend cheese
  • ranch to drizzle (I used bacon ranch)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F.

Roll out the pizza dough and transfer to a pizza pan. Using your fingers, create a crust.

In a bowl combine the tomato sauce, basil, garlic, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes.

Cover the crust with the tomato sauce. Top with shredded chicken, bacon and cheese.

Bake for 23-25mins.

Let cool for 5 mins then drizzle ranch all over!

Devour :)

Notes:

- To shred chicken breasts: In a pot, bring about 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the chicken breasts, return to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30mins or until the chicken is easily pierced with a fork. Let it cool and shred with your fingers or 2 forks.

I can eat this every night, its fabulous! :)

This is an awesome twist on a normal quesadilla and you have to try it. It’s super easy and soo very flavorful! This is my kind of meal, it’s simple, it doesn’t require 20 ingredients that I don’t have, it’s very easy to make and I can have dinner on the table in less than 30mins, love it!

Mr. Picky loved these! He even had to steal some of mine :)

Here’s how to make these:

Easy Cajun Seasoning: mix together salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, thyme and oregano. And if you really want a spicy quesadilla, add some red pepper flakes :)

 

Trim your chicken of any excess fat and then sprinkle with seasoning :)

 

Grill the chicken until cooked through :) I used my George Forman grill, nice and easy!

 

Thinly slice your chicken and you are ready to built your quesadillas! On the bottom tortilla, sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese, 1 tbsp ranch, 1 tbsp bbq and sliced chicken :)

 

Sprinkle with some more cheese and top with a tortilla.

 

Transfer the quesadilla to a preheated skillet(sprayed with cooking spray) and cook until golden! The flip and cook until the cheese is all melted :)

 

Slice and serve with extra bbq and sour cream! YUM!

BBQ Ranch Cajun Chicken Quesadillas

Makes 2 quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size flour tortillas
  • 2 tbsp bacon ranch, divided use (or regular)
  • 2 tbsp your favorite BBQ sauce, divided use (I used Jack Daniel’s)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided use
  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • for cajun seasoning:
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, optional

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix all the seasonings together. Sprinkle on both sides of your chicken. Grill your chicken (I used my handy George Forman grill but you can use regular grill if you prefer) until cooked through. Let it cool enough to handle and then slice thin. Starting with the bottom tortilla, spread 1/4 cup of cheese on the bottom. Drizzle with 1 tbsp ranch and 1 tbsp bbq. Top with the sliced chicken, 1/4 cup of cheese and the second tortilla. Repeat the same process with the rest of the ingredients.  Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Carefully transfer the first quesadilla and cook the bottom side until golden. With the help of a spatula, flip the quesadilla and cook for about 2 more mins until that side has golden and the cheese has melted. Repeat with the second quesadilla. Slice in quarters and serve with extra bbq and sour cream. Now go and eat it while still warm :)

Notes: Flipping the quesadilla is probably the most difficult part! So since I was afraid of flipping it and all the toppings falling out, I used the spatula to transfer the quesadilla on a plate, then with my fingers (be careful, it’s hot) I flipped the quesadilla and used the spatula to transfer it back on the skillet :) It worked great!

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