Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Chicken Bake

If you have ever been to Costco and eaten at their food court chances are you have seen this beauty on the menu. The chicken bake.
I know I know, most people stick to the amazingly amazing cheap hot dog and soda or the ridiculously massive slice of pizza but I almost always get these. I seriously crave these when I am sitting at home. And to be honest the ones in their freezer section are okay but not like the ones they make in the front.
Now I will be honest. This recipe isn't exactly like the ones they have up front, I feel like it has more of the ingredients that they serve in the ones you buy in the freezer section BUT that being said, it does taste pretty darn close.

This recipe comes from a blog called Redefined Mom. Honestly speaking I haven't browsed much around on that blog yet but it looks like its a blog for women who do it all. It's not just a food blog.


1 Pillsbury Pizza Dough
10 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Grilled and Chopped
10 strips of bacon
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of chopped green onion (around 6 stems)
6 tablespoons of high quality Caesar Salad Dressing, divided
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Fry bacon in medium pan until about 3/4 done. (You want it to be a little brown, but not crispy.) Set aside on paper towels. Drain grease, but do not wipe out pan. You want a little of bacon grease and drippings left in pan.
3. Add chopped onion and saute over medium heat until almost translucent, around three minutes. While onion is cooking, chop the 3/4 cooked bacon. Add bacon to onions and cook for another two minutes. Add chopped chicken, turn heat to low and cover for five minutes.
4. While bacon/onion/chicken mixture is cooking, place chopped green onion in medium bowl. Add bacon/onion/chicken mixture, 2 tablespoon Caesar salad dressing stir gently and cover. Set aside.
5. Open pizza dough. Cut in half. On a floured surface, take first piece and roll it out into a 7×5″ rectangle. Spread Caesar salad dressing on to dough (but leave enough dressing for brushing on to loaf before baking). Spread bacon/onion/chicken mixture and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat with other pizza dough half.
6. Pull the short end (the 5″ one) over the ingredients and roll tightly. Do not fold the ends as the bake will continue rising in the oven. Finished bake should be around 10″ long.
7. Brush on remaining Caesar dressing to top of bake and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Move to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 13 minutes.
8. After 13 minutes, open oven and sprinkle parmesan cheese over loafs. Bake for an additional 12 minutes.
9. Take out of oven and let sit for 5-7 minutes. Slice and enjoy.

**Randi's Side Notes**
~ The dough that I bought was just some in a bag from winco. It was definitely not enough to make 2 of these bad boys and I ended up ripping mine quite a bit to try and get all the fillings to stay in. Next time I will either buy 2 bags of the dough or just make my own recipe.
~ When it says good caesar dressing....do it. Honestly I went to Costco and just bought some that they use to make theirs so that I knew it was good.
~ Next time I also won't put quite as much green onions in. The ones they serve at the front of Costco don't have bacon on green onions but the ones in the freezer section do. So, less of some ingredients reminds me more of the ones at the front.
~ You could make this as a great freezer meal. I personally wouldn't make a massive one like these end up being, I would do smaller individual sized ones ( maybe 2x7 rolled). Cook as directed above, let cool completely, wrap in foil, put in a freezer bag and freeze. Then to reheat just take right from the freezer and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. If it starts to brown to much then keep it covered with foil.

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