Bacon-Basil Pesto and Chicken Pizza

An updated recipe for pesto pizza featuring bacon-basil pesto on top of a crisp homemade pizza crust, with salty bacon, chicken and freshly shredded whole milk mozzarella.

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Bacon-Basil Pesto and Chicken Pizza Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com Perfect for pizza night!

I’ve never been one for getting into gardening. Every year I have big dreams of a garden full of fresh veggies and fruit, but every year passes without me getting beyond the dreaming stage. It could be the idea that I have to actually get dirty or deal with bugs, neither of which I care for. Sure, I’ve grown flowers here and there but never any giant colorful gardens, just simple and hardy varieties that need very little help. When I was given the opportunity to try out Aero Garden ULTRA, I jumped at the chance. Grow my own fresh herbs (veggies or fruit) at home… in the winter?! I was curious and excited to see it in action.

Bacon-Basil Pesto and Chicken Pizza Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com Perfect for pizza night!

Not only was it easy to put together but it was a cinch to use! It’s basically dummy-proof with the machine walking you through everything from the setup to when to add water and even regular nutrients. The really cool thing was checking on the basil everyday. The kids and I were always excited to check in on their progress and as they got bigger and bigger, the kids were more in awe! I was too!

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Seriously guys, it’s a snow covered 20 degrees in New Hampshire and I have fresh basil growing in my basement. How cool is that? The above photo is from early on, before the basil got big.

I knew immediately what I wanted to make with my fresh basil. Pizza! We have weekly pizza nights so it was fitting to finally share a new variety that is totally different than any other I’ve shared so far. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be a fan. But I was blown away by this bacon-basil pesto pizza. So good! It’s seriously a pizza like no other.

Bacon-Basil Pesto and Chicken Pizza Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com Perfect for pizza night!

Forget your run-of-the-mill boring pesto. This one has bacon, which makes it that much more amazing! A bacon-basil pesto on top of a crisp homemade pizza crust, with bacon, chicken and freshly shredded whole milk mozzarella (remember, whole milk is the key to an amazing pizza!). Add a dash of pepper for the final finishing touch. Trust me, this is a must make pizza!

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Bacon-Basil Pesto and Chicken Pizza Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com Perfect for pizza night!

Yield: serves 2-4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 mintues

Bacon-Basil Pesto and Chicken Pizza

An updated recipe for pesto pizza featuring bacon-basil pesto on top of a crisp homemade pizza crust, with salty bacon, chicken and freshly shredded whole milk mozzarella.

Ingredients:

Dough:
1C water
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 - 3C all purpose flour

Pesto sauce:
2C basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/3C bacon
1/2C Parmesan cheese
1/4 - 1/2C olive oil

Additional ingredients:
Whole milk mozzarella, shredded
1 chicken breast
2-3 slices bacon
Ground black pepper

Directions:

Prepare dough: In a measuring cup, combine warm water (115-120°F) with active dry yeast and sugar. Allow yeast to proof.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, add 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and salt. When yeast is ready, turn mixer on low and slowly drizzle in liquid. Increase mixer speed and continue mixing until dough comes together. Add additional flour as needed until dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm location for at least one hour.

In a medium skillet, cook 6-7 slices of bacon (or more as desired). Finely chop of half of the bacon for the pesto sauce, while reserving the rest for topping. In the same skillet, cook chicken breast over medium heat until cooked through. Shred chicken and set aside.

Add basil leaves and garlic to a food processor. Blend together until only fine pieces remain. Add Parmesan cheese. Blend until combined. With food processor running on low, slowly drizzle in enough olive oil until a spreadable consistency is reached. Transfer mixture to a small bowl. Stir in bacon.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Gently stretch and shape dough to desired size. Add to a cold oven. Heat oven to 425°F. When oven is ready, remove pizza crust.

Spread bacon-basil pesto sauce in an even layer. Top off with shredded mozzarella, followed by bacon, chicken and finally a sprinkle of ground black pepper.

Bake pizza for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness is reached. Slice and serve.

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More pizza recipes to try:
Broccoli and chicken Alfredo garlic bread pizza
Loaded mashed potato pizza
Perfect pepperoni pizza
Deep dish Chicago style pizza
Garlic bread pizza
Bacon and barbecue chicken pizza
Breakfast pizza
Buffalo chicken pizza

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22 Responses to “Bacon-Basil Pesto and Chicken Pizza”

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — December 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    This is my kind of pizza. I love all of the flavors involved. Pinning cause I must make this version.

    • Rachel — December 13th, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

      Thanks so much Norma! And yes, you must make it! :)

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — December 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

    This looks and sounds delicious! I love pesto (and miss my basil plant). :-)

    • Rachel — December 13th, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

      Oooh then you need to get one of these crazy awesome contraptions lol Especially so you can make this pizza and pesto – duh ;)

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    Aggie — December 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Oh my goodness this looks so damn good! I want it for breakfast.

    • Rachel — December 13th, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

      I’d have said the same if I still had some lying around! :)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Rachel! I love basil and pesto on my pizza. This is my choice for pizza night :)

    • Rachel — December 13th, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much Sally!! So glad you agree :)

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    Heather // girlichef — December 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Bacon. Basil. Pesto. YES! I keep scrolling back and staring longingly at the photos…this looks and sounds stellar! And bacon basil pesto? It’s SO happening in my kitchen.

    • Rachel — December 13th, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

      Haha! Thanks so much Heather. I hope you try it and enjoy it!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I need one of these things!! And seriously that pesto rocks my world

    • Rachel — December 14th, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      You really do!! And thanks :)

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    Tieghan — December 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    This is my dream pizza! All my favorites! :)

    • Rachel — December 14th, 2013 @ 11:38 am

      Thanks so much Tieghan!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I’m drooling. This has every single ingredient I love. Bacon..especially the bacon ;) I’m really intrigued with AeroGarden; if we had more space in our house, I’d totally get one cause I can’t seem to grow basil or any herb normally and I feel that this AeroGarden would help me out since it’s so much easier lol

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2013 @ 9:48 am

      Seriously – the bacon makes it that much more delicious. And you totally need one! Fresh basil year round. Crazy!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — December 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Looks amazing! I just featured a bacon pizza on my blog on Friday too. Bacon is so good on pizza!

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2013 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks so much Melanie! Bacon makes everything 100x better :)

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    Anne [A Squared] — December 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Bacon-basil pesto… amazing idea!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — December 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    This looks so good! I’m a sucker for pesto…and bacon…and pizza…haha. So trying this!

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    Joanne — March 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I recently found your website…and, I must take umbrage…you have taken up an Enormous amount of my time recently, navigating your site! Every time I find a Great recipe I want to try, I find ANOTHER one I want to try! You have some Terrific ideas! Thank you so much.

    Just one thing tho’…This is the second recipe I have seen where you have homemade pesto…I’ve been making (and freezing) it for years…most recently using asparagus instead of pesto (yum, if you love asparagus). But, I’ve Never seen a pesto recipe without using nuts, normally pine nuts. Why is that?

    • Rachel — March 28th, 2014 @ 7:17 am

      It is nut free due to a nut allergy in my family. But, if you prefer nuts added in, go right ahead. :)

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