Chicken and spinach calzone

Chicken and spinach calzone


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About this recipe: Calzone is an Italian pizza pocket that uses pizza dough to wrap up a filling. The delicious filling here is ready-cooked roast chicken mixed with spinach, capsicums and creamy ricotta cheese. Serve with a side salad.

Zoë Harpham

Serves: 4 

  • 2 cups (280 g) white bread mix
  • 12/3 cups (350 g) frozen spinach, thawed in a sieve
  • ¾ cup (200 g) ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup (50 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 large chargrilled red capsicum pieces, drained and chopped
  • 6 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh Italian basil
  • grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 200 g skinless roast chicken, finely shredded
  • 1 egg, beaten

Prep:45min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Make up the dough according to the packet instructions. Knead the dough briefly on a lightly floured work surface until smooth, then put into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave to rise for about 15 minutes until doubled in size.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Use your hands to squeeze all excess water from the spinach. Put the spinach in a bowl and mix in the ricotta, parmesan, capsicums, spring onions and basil. Season to taste with nutmeg, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  3. Knock back the risen dough and cut it into four equal pieces. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface to a 20 cm round. Spread one-quarter of the spinach mixture over half of each dough round, taking it to about 2.5 cm from the edge. Pile the chicken on top.
  4. Brush the edge of each dough round with beaten egg, then fold over the untopped half to make a half-moon shape. Crimp the edges to seal tightly.
  5. Place on a lightly oiled large baking tray. Brush with beaten egg and bake for about 15 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Serve hot.

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