Big Meals, Little Budget – Angie’s Chicken Pizza-dillas

by Angie on September 30, 2010

The Chicken Pizza-dilla is a favorite around our house! The kids like it because it’s so easy to customize to individual tastes (meaning they don’t have to eat the gross stuff), and I like it because it’s affordable, filling, and really easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pizza dough from your friendly neighborhood grocery section
  • 2 cups Mexican shredded cheese blend (really any shredded cheese you like)
  • 3-4 slices of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • and anything else you enjoy – hot salsa, onions, olives, peppers, anything goes!

Directions

  1. Unroll the pizza dough on a baking sheet and flatten it as much as possible.
  2. Add the ingredients to one side, leaving half an inch of dough around the edges.
  3. Fold the other side of the dough over your masterpiece and press the edges together using your fingers or a fork.
  4. Preheat oven to 400, bake 18-20 minutes.
  5. Slice into strips & serve.

Chicken Quesadilla uncooked

Chicken Pizza-dillas

Sometimes I’ll make little individual ones for the kids to embellish themselves, swapping biscuits for the pizza dough.  That makes it not only dinner, but a fun family activity as well.

Now, if only we could turn doing the dishes into a fun family activity, that would be cool!!!

Angie Atchley is a freelance writer and is also the voice behind Vivo Bello. She chronicles the antics of her 5 young children, posts kid friendly recipes, and hosts Meaningful Mondays about random acts of kindness.

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Melinda September 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

My kids have turned doing dishes into fun – it’s still not their favorite job but they joke and play games while they work together. It took years for this to happen – but I’m so glad it finally did! :)

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Beth in central Ohio October 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

My (picky eater) teen daughter uses ketchup & ranch dressing, together, for chicken strips, hot dogs & corn dogs. I’ve refused to try her concoction, but your recipe combines ranch, pasta sauce & cream cheese, so there must be something to it! I will be trying this recipe out soon, especially because the basic ingredients are all things she will eat. That hardly ever happens!

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Angie Atchley October 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Beth,
I know! My picky eaters love this!

Let me know if you try it!

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Amy October 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

This looks so good! I know my kiddos would love it! Adding this to my recipe list!

Thanks!
~Amy

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Claire October 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

so glad I found this site. Each recipe is unique and is calling my name. This is one that I know my family of 8 will eat with no complaints. Think I could use homemade pizza dough instead? I make my own each friday night for pizza night. Maybe one week I will do this instead of the norm.

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Angie Atchley October 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Claire,
homemade dough would be awesome! I’m sure it would work perfectly.
I’ve been meaning to try that to get some whole grains in there, but I usually need dinner done fairly quickly to get to various kid activities.

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