Monday, January 10, 2011

Dorm Room Dinner: Creamy Chicken Pizza

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I'm excited to bring you this week recipes...they all have one thing in common, that through various contests, I received the products for free.  In fact, I've really enjoyed experimenting with them!  Being tight on money means that I try not to buy 'luxurious' products at the grocery store!  Plus, two of them use leftovers and definitely count as dorm room dinners!  YAY!

Let's get started.  As many of you know, I've been a part of the Real Women of Philadelphia Cream Cheese contest since the beginning and even though I haven't been a winner yet, there's no reason to stop trying.  In fact, a few weeks ago I got a great new product that is about to hit the market called Philadelphia Cooking Cremes.  Last week I was tasked with using the Italian Cheese and Herb flavor.  Seemed to me that it called for a pizza!

I wanted it to be a slight version of white pizza since the sauce would be cream based, but really it's so easy using store-bought dough.  The point of this competition is really to get your recipe on the back of the containers, so for me, something simple, easy, and delicious was the points I tried to focus on.  The recipes already on the back almost all include chicken and pasta.  I tried to stay within the themes.
Creamy Chicken Pizza
Serves: 4
1 refrigerated pizza dough (as you know, we always buy ours from Trader Joe's)
1-10 ounce tub of Philadelphia Cooking Creme - Italian Cheese and Herb
1-14 ounce can of diced tomatoes (or 3 tomatoes, diced fine)
2 cups shredded mozzarella 
1 cup shredded pre-cooked chicken (I used a leftover chicken breast--rotisserie chicken would work well too)
sprinkle of oregano or italian seasoning

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out the pizza dough onto a 10x15 inch greased cookie sheet until the dough is fully spread out.  In a small bowl, mix Philadelphia Cooking Creme and diced tomatoes.  Spread the Philadelphia Cooking Creme mixture over the dough.  Top evenly with cheese, then add the chicken.  Finally, sprinkle with oregano or italian seasoning.  Then cook in the pre-heated oven for 10-14 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.  Serve hot.

After today, John and I take a quick culinary trip through Asia with the rest of my week's posts, and help from Annie Chun's products.  I can't wait to share those with you.  Also, my 100th blog post is coming soon and something big is in the works!  Keep checking in :)

Until the next time my oven is on...


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