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Hungry Girl Today: 6.4.13
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HG's Hungry Girlfredo Chicken Calzone
'Zoning Our Skills...
Olive Garden had a great idea stuffing chicken Alfredo into a doughy calzone. We had an even better idea: stuffing chicken Alfredo into a doughy calzone AND doing so in a guilt-free fashion. Enjoy!
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic
4 cups chopped spinach leaves
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. black pepper
10 oz. cooked and sliced skinless chicken breast
1 package Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust refrigerated dough
Whole-wheat flour, for dusting
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add spinach to the skillet. Stirring frequently, cook until wilted, about 1 minute.
Transfer cooked veggies to a strainer, and blot away excess moisture.
To make the filling, in a large bowl, mix cheese wedges with sour cream until smooth and uniform. Stir in Parm-style topping, garlic powder, basil, and pepper. Add cooked veggies and sliced chicken to the cheese mixture, and stir to coat.
Roll out dough into a rectangle of even thickness, about 10 inches by 9 inches. Slice into 5 strips, each about 2 inches by 9 inches.
Lightly sprinkle workspace with flour, and place 1 dough strip in the center. Fold strip in half twice, and flatten with your palm. Use your hands (or a rolling pin) to form the dough into a circle about 6 inches in diameter. Place 1/5th of filling (about 1/2 cup) in the center. Stretch and pull the top of the dough over filling to meet the bottom, forming a crescent. Use your fingers or a fork to firmly seal edges. (It doesn't need to look perfect!)
Carefully transfer to baking sheet. Repeat process 4 times with remaining dough strips and filling, lightly re-sprinkling workspace with flour, if needed. Poke a few slits in each calzone, to let steam escape.
Bake until golden brown, 18 - 20 minutes. Enjoy!
MAKES 5 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 calzone
PointsPlus® value 8*
Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo Calzone
Alfredo is a lovely thing... in theory. In actuality, it's a total fat-fest, thanks in no small part to loads of cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese. And while chicken itself is typically nice and lean, coating it in a fatty sauce and cramming it inside a heavy, carby vessel is a surefire way to turn it into a calorie catastrophe. To make matters worse, Olive Garden serves this calzone with a helping of Alfredo sauce on the side. Not necessary, at least not when you make this dish OUR way! We re-created this crazy thing using our classic Girlfredo sauce, which brings major creamy flavor to the table. We added chicken, spices, and LOTS of veggies (we found the amount in the original dish to be lacking and kinda dry) and then wrapped everything up in an impressively low-fat pizza dough. The results are incredible! When it comes to calzones, stick with HG, not OG...
Serving Size: 1 calzone
PointsPlus® value 17*
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