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Chicken Parmesan Pizza {game day food}

I created this game day Chicken Parmesan Pizza recipe as a part of a sponsored post for Ragú and SocialStars. #NewTraDish

Yesterday was a football Sunday, but it had also been a long weekend for me and I was… well… not feeling 100%.  But alas, the guys were coming over and they wanted food — panic.  I wasn’t in the mood to create something complicated so I searched the fridge for leftovers and found some beautiful oven baked Chicken Parmesan.

**ding ding ding**

I flung a refrigerator dough onto the counter and starting building a pizza worthy of Game Day.  I spread a pizza sauce onto the dough, topped with chopped up breaded chicken, parmesan and mozzarella cheese and slid into the oven.  Well the guys went crazy for it.  It was filling and so tasty!

I decided to create a recipe without the use of leftovers so I can make this pizza whenever I want.  A couple changes needed to be made, but it ended up tasting even better fresh!  While constructing my recipe I thought of two Ragú® recipes, one for Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan and another for Chunky Gardenstyle Pizza.  Together they created a great mash-up of traditional family foods.

chicken parmesan pizza in_the_know_mom #NewTraDish

With the chicken parmesan I made this past weekend, I used Ragú Mushroom, which was the perfect pairing, so I assumed I stick with that for my pizza.  The mushroom gives such a rich, umami flavor that I decided to add fresh mushrooms to the pizza to really bring out the flavors in the Ragú® sauce.  I recommend crimini mushrooms, which are brown Italian mushrooms usually found right by the white buttons.

Creating the mini chicken parm bites on this pizza creation is pretty brilliant.  Every bite is packed with flavor… just look how adorable they are before the mozz melts:

chicken parmesan pizza in_the_know_mom #NewTraDish

Make sure to top your cooked pizza with fresh herbs, a basil chiffonade being my personal favorite for this Italian recipe mash-up!

basil chiffonade in_the_know_mom #NewTraDish

chicken parmesan pizza in_the_know_mom #NewTraDish

Chicken Parmesan Pizza

Ingredients

1 lb raw chicken tenders, pounded flat
3 Tbl real butter, melted
1/3 C Panko, more if needed
6 oz Crimini mushrooms, sliced thickly
1 refrigerator pizza dough (or homemade)
1/3 C Ragú® Super Chunky Mushroom Sauce®
8 oz fresh mozzarella balls, cut in half
fresh basil, chiffonade (thin ribbons)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Set oven to 450 degrees and pull out refrigerated dough to rest on the counter.
  2. Pound out chicken, dredge in melted butter and then in Panko mixture (with salt, cayenne). Place on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Flip and cook for another 4.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, spread or roll out your rested dough to form a 13″ pizza on a pizza stone. If you have trouble with your dough sticking to the stone, sprinkle on cornmeal or just use parchment paper. Spoon Ragú® Sauce onto dough and spread in a circle motion, stopping when you reach near the edges.
  4. When the chicken is done, raise oven to 475. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and place evenly around on the sauce. Top each piece of chicken with more sauce and a half globe of mozzarella. Add more mozzarella halves to the mushrooms and anywhere else you’d like. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, slide into over (475 degrees) for 10 minutes.
  5.  Chiffonade fresh basil and top the pizza while it cools.  Slice and serve with beer and enjoy the game!

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For more delicious and easy Ragú® recipe ideas, visit their Facebook page. If you are into the recipe mash-ups like mine, make sure to check out the Ragú® Pinterest page.  If you’d like to get involved with Ragú® Sauce Masters you can learn more here.

Keep in the know with Ragú® on Twitter @RaguSauce and #NewTraDish!

 

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18 Comments

  1. October 14, 2014 at 11:17 am — Reply

    Sarah this looks so DELISH! I love how easy it is using the Ragu sauce. I will definitely have to pick some up and add this to our menu!

  2. October 14, 2014 at 11:28 am — Reply

    That honestly looks AMAZING! Love everything you added!

  3. October 14, 2014 at 11:53 am — Reply

    My husband will love this recipe. Thanks so much! Bookmarking now!
    Kas

  4. October 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    Looks really good!!

  5. October 15, 2014 at 6:29 am — Reply

    What a great twist to an old family favorite!! I bet my hubby would love this one in our house, most of all!

  6. October 15, 2014 at 8:31 am — Reply

    Wow this sounds amazing! So creative and tasty!

  7. October 15, 2014 at 9:05 am — Reply

    That sure looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Jenna Wood
    October 15, 2014 at 9:33 am — Reply

    We use Ragu for homemade pizzas all the time! Mushrooms are my favorite, so I love the idea of this recipe!

  9. October 15, 2014 at 9:55 am — Reply

    I love chicken parmesan! I never thought of creating it on pizza though. What a great idea.

  10. October 15, 2014 at 10:02 am — Reply

    This sounds so yummy! I will have to try it out!

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