Roasted Garlic Chicken Pesto Pizza

Roasted Garlic Chicken & Mozzarella Pizza with Homemade Basil Pesto on

I’ve been yearning to make a completely new pizza recipe for weeks. Something I’ve never made before– not the typical Hawaiian pizza, gorgonzola apple pizza (fave!), or BBQ chicken pizza that graces our table every Friday night. No, no. Something unique to us with fresh flavors and lots of cheese. Of course cheese.

This roasted garlic chicken pesto pizza came to me when we were out to dinner the other week. I ordered a mushroom and pesto flatbread and had an OMG moment (you know the kind) and the next day I made my favorite homemade pesto, combined it with leftover chicken, mozzarella cheese, my easy pizza dough, and enough roasted garlic to keep my breath… aromatic.

The resulting pizza was all sorts of green and fabulous.

Roasted Garlic Chicken & Mozzarella Pizza with Homemade Basil Pesto on

Even Kevin, notorious for “just plain cheese pizza please,” loved it. I think what really makes the pizza so special is the homemade basil pesto and all the roasted garlic rubbed on the pizza crust. Your breath will be amazing and you’re welcome.

Speaking of homemade basil pesto, here is a 2nd post I created detailing exactly how I make it. Two posts in one today, everyone!

The BEST Homemade Basil Pesto with tasty variations!

PS: you need roasted garlic for the pizza and the homemade pesto, so make sure you have enough. And you can thank me later for how amazing your kitchen will smell. I’m convinced there is no greater smell than roasting garlic in the oven. Maybe homemade brownies. Maybe.

Roasted Garlic and Chicken

Homemade Pizza Dough

Let’s talk homemade pizza crust. I’ve been making this pizza dough every week for the past 3 years. And there’s many reasons why I always go back to it:

  • The recipe is perfect for bread beginners
  • Only 6 ingredients required
  • Most of the time is hands-off
  • Crisp edges & fluffy interior
  • So, so flavorful.

It’s simply the best homemade pizza crust. I always use Red Star Platinum in my pizza dough because I have the best results when I use this yeast. The Platinum line is fantastic; its careful formula strengthens your dough and makes making working with yeast simple. For this pizza dough, I use only enough yeast to get the job done; I do not like pizza dough to taste “yeasty.” (Professional terms here, of course.)

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions!

Homemade Pizza Dough Video Tutorial

Roasted Garlic Chicken Mozzarella Pizza with Homemade Basil Pesto

Roasted Garlic Chicken & Mozzarella Pizza with Homemade Basil Pesto

If you like pesto and you like pizza… and don’t mind a little roasted garlic on your breath… then you have to try my new pizza recipe. Nothing but simple, fresh ingredients mingling together to produce a pizza that is anything but ordinary!

Homemade Pizza Recipes


Roasted Garlic Chicken Pesto Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


My pizza dough recipe makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas. Toppings listed are enough for one 12-inch pizza. Freeze the rest of the pizza dough for another time.


  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza dough
  • 12 teaspoons olive oil
  • 23 cloves roasted garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Homemade Basil Pesto (or variations listed in that recipe or store-bought)
  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken breast (about one 8-ounce breast)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (6oz or 168g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • optional: fresh basil for topping


  1. Prepare pizza dough through step 5, including preheating the oven to 475°F (246°C). Cover the shaped dough lightly with plastic wrap and allow it to rest as the oven preheats.
  2. To prevent the pizza toppings from making your pizza crust soggy, brush the shaped dough lightly with olive oil. Using your fingers, push dents into the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling.  Top the dough evenly with garlic, then spread the pesto on top. Add the chicken then sprinkle on the cheese.
  3. Bake pizza for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil, if desired. Slice hot pizza and serve immediately.
  4. Cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the refrigerator. Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 3 months. See pizza crust recipe for instructions on freezing the pizza dough.


  1. If not using an instant yeast, rise time may be up to 40% longer.
  2. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: chicken pesto pizza, roasted garlic chicken pesto pizza

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  1. I feel like I’m getting a BOGO here Sally, I get the pizza recipe (on a Friday…perfect) and a homemade pesto recipe. This pizza looks like the slices I see at Wegmans. So love! And I always use Red Start yeast, it’s a newer item at my grocery store!

  2. Longest title or not, this is still the kind of ‘za that I want shovel in my face EVERY DAY. Pesto and pizza is SO yummy (and makes pizza feel fancy) and I am loving all that roasted garlic goodness! Pinned!

  3. You just combined three of my favourite foods into a pizza! This sounds utterly delicious

    Steph –

  4. Roasted garlic smells amazing in the kitchen, love the stuff! in anything! I am such a pizza lover (especially on Fridays!), great idea to incorporate pesto as the sauce.

  5. I mean, the gorgonzola with honey drizzle is still a favorite in my house. That said, I LOVE pesto on pizza. And this is definitely worth trying! Can’t wait for our next pizza night!

  6. I absolutely, 100% do not mind roasted garlic breath. Or any kind of garlic breath :). Do you have pizza Friday’s at your house? I’m thinking I need to start that tradition. My meat and potatoes man only likes cheese so I gotta break his habit and introduce a little protein and pesto into his life haha. This recipe is RIGHT up my ally, I know I’ll be making one soon! Great recipe, Sally!

  7. Our Friday pizza night just got a major upgrade – can’t wait to try this combination! Thanks Sally!

  8. You *could* make it a little longer.

    Roasted Garlic Chicken & Mozzarella Pizza with Homemade Basil Pesto omnomnom.

  9. Looks yummy!!! Made your coconut chicken last week. It was really good but I made too much for just the three of us. I took the leftovers and made an awesome coconut chicken and broccoli pizza with a light bechamel sauce made with 1% milk. Love how versatile pizza can be!

  10. I love pesto, chicken, pizza, cheese….wow I just love this pizza Sally! When I saw it I had one of those “WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS?!?!” moments 🙂 YUM!

  11. Sally-
    I didn’t even look at the recipe yet…. and I already just KNOW that I’m going to make this. What a fantastic and healthy looking pizza!! In fact, this pizza idea is just what I needed today. 🙂 So, thanks for that!!

  12. Oh, dude, I am hungry. Why I always read your blog while I’m trapped at work, I’ll never know. It’s not like I can run right off and make this, which I totally want to do. I love love love pesto on pizza! It’s the bomb dot com. I’m going to have to give this a try tonight. I love that you included a whole separate post (with gorgeous pictures!) on how to make the pesto. You’re the best, Sally!

  13. Oh my goodness. I use your recipe for pizza dough all the time, and am ALWAYS looking for recipes without tomatoes/potatoes/peppers, this is PERFECT!

  14. Friday is the best pizza night! This looks absolutely fantastic, Sally. Thank you for sharing. I love the inspiration from a flat bread that you recently had. BTW I made your nutella chocolate chip cookies yesterday and they were a HUGE hit in my house.

  15. Man, oh man, I have been craving a good pizza lately. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. This is something that I think would be great for a nice weekend dinner.

  16. That mushroom-pesto flatbread doesn’t sound gross to me in the slightest 😉 And this pizza sounds downright amazing – I lovelovelove roasted garlic and pesto on pizza! Yum 😀

  17. Best smells: roasted garlic, sautéed veggies, brownies, and banana bread. I die.

    You had me at “roasted garlic” with this recipe. I love, love, LOVE it. Garlic runs through my Italian veins haha! I pick out the garlic cloves in soups and things because I just love them! I have never made my own pesto and only ate it a handful of times. Can I come to one of your pizza Fridays?! 😉

  18. I have never tried to make my own crust. I think it is definitely time to try. This looks so yummy. Oh, and your portobello and pesto flatbread sounds right up my alley!

  19. I love pesto! I make it almost every day! I mix it up with whatever greens I have…basil, spinach, cilantro, parsley…a little of this, a little of that! I would eat all of yours before it even made it to the pizza 🙂

  20. Well this just answered the “what to make for dinner” question. You had me at the title. Can’t wait to try your crust recipe.

  21. There’s always something special about homemade pizza ♥
    This one sounds really, really tasty already, but I have to admit that I’m actually even more intrigued by the gorgonzole apple recipe you linked. I’ll first have to head over there now, I guess 😀

  22. This pizza looks simply heavenly!! Basil pesto is just the best on pizza…and I’m dying to put those portabella mushrooms on top like you talked about too! Just delish!!

  23. My husband and I have made your BBQ pizza several times now (even had it tonight for dinner!) so I can vouch for the fact that your pizza dough is deeeelicious. After not following the instruction a couple times, and it not working out so well, I learned that you really do have to follow them. Thank you for this awesome recipe, will definitely be making this next week from the 2nd ball the dough made!
    XOX, Beth.

  24. I must say, I am giddy at the thought of making this. I have made your pizza dough recipe making pepperoni pizza, and it was phenomenal—the best crust I have ever had! I cannot wait to try out this variation because I am a sucker for all things garlic.

  25. Congratulations Sally on another winning recipe! I made this Saturday and my family loved it – even my picky 8 year old daughter who ate every last bite! We’ll be making this often as part of our “pizza night” schedule.

  26. Oh boy, where have you been all of my life Sally?! I’ve absolutely adored all of your pizza recipes so far and I’m sure this one will be just as gorgeous.
    I was wondering if it would be possible to adapt these into calzones? I’m not sure what folding the pizzas in half would do to the cooking time…. What do you think?

    1. Calzones can totally work. The cooking time will be a little longer to get that middle dough (the inside of the calzone) baked through. Unsure of the exact time; just use your best judgement.

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