Ranch Chicken Calzones

by Merissa on July 9, 2011

in Freezer Recipes, Recipes

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This is a nice simple meal to make ahead if you have pizza dough on hand, which I almost always do in the freezer. The nice little pockets bake easily and freeze well so they can be used for future meals. Just reheat in the oven or microwave and you are set to go!

Ranch Chicken Calzones

What you need:

  • 2 1/2 c. cooked chicken
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. ranch dressing (store bought or recipe as follows)
  • pizza dough

Mix together the chopped, cooked chicken, cheese, garlic, and ranch dressing. Press into pockets that you make from the rolled out pizza dough. I used the pocket maker I got from Pampered Chef for my birthday and it worked great! Bake at 450F for 15 minutes or until nice and brown. Place in a freezer bag once they've cooled a bit and freeze until ready to use.

 

If you don't have ranch dressing on hand you can make it!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

What you need:

  • 1 c. mayo
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. onion powder
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1 t. ranch dressing seasoning
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gail Fulmer July 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

Hi,
I “Liked” your page on Facebook and Love the recipes you share with us! You should write a cookbook! Seriously! Thank You for sharing so much with us. God Bless you and yours.
Gail

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2 Merissa July 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

I would love to write a cookbook someday! :)

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3 Mandy December 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

This recipe looks DELICIOUS… I am wondering if you can use a bought pizza dough? I think Pillsbury (sp?) has a rolled pizza dough that I can buy, would that work for this recipe. Can you tell me how you make the pockets with out the pamper chef tool?

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4 Merissa December 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

Yes you could use store bought pizza dough, the cooking time might be slightly different though. And without the little tool just cut them into a circle (or any shape really!) and press the edges together with a fork.

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5 Mandy December 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanks so much!!

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6 Nicole August 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hi, I was just wonder how you heat them back up? I would imagine heating them in the oven or toaster oven would be better than using the microwave but I stink at figuring out temps and times lol
loving your stuff by the way :)

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7 Merissa August 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Either toaster oven or microwave would work just fine. Heating time depends on if you thaw them out first.

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8 Naomi January 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I really enjoy your posts! I found the recipe below for making ranch dressing from scratch. It tastes very similar to Hidden Valley and most people have all the ingredients in their cupboard!

Ranch:
5 tablespoons dried minced onions
7 teaspoons parsley flakes
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix together and store in an air tight container.

For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.

For dip: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream.
Mix up a few hours before serving, so the flavors all blend.

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9 Wendy January 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

What is the approximate size of these?

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10 Merissa January 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

You can make them any size. The ones I made are about the size of a biscuit (I used a biscuit cutter).

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11 Bobbi January 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm

do you really use a CUP of garlic powder? Or am I reading it wrong…

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12 Merissa January 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

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