Popcorn Chicken and Bacon Calzone

The kids will love this one!  (Grown ups too!).


Details

Difficulty

Beginner

Yield

4 Calzones

Prep Time

15 minutes

Bake Time

15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients


  • Crust
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® Pizza Crust Yeast
  • OR Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)*
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Filling
  • 2 cups (about 11 ounces) frozen, fully cooked popcorn chicken, thawed
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 slices American cheese, cut in half
  • Barbecue sauce, optional

Directions


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute.  Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead** on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.  Cover and let rest on floured surface while preparing filling.

To make calzones, divide dough into four portions.  Roll 1 portion into an 8-inch circle on a floured surface. Place cheese slice on bottom half of dough, top with a strip of bacon (broken into several pieces) and 1/2 cup chicken, leaving outer 1/2-inch free of filling. Fold top half of dough over filling.  Pull edge of lower crust over top; folding and pressing layers together to form a seal.  Carefully transfer to greased baking sheet.  Cut 3 to 4 vents in top.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned.  Transfer to cooling rack to keep bottom crust crisp while cooling slightly.  Serve with barbecue sauce or other sauce for dipping.

Recipe Tip:  For a crisper crust, lightly brush calzones with olive oil just before baking.

*If you don't have a thermometer, water should feel very warm to the touch.

**To knead the dough, add just enough flour to the dough and your hands to keep the dough from sticking.  Flatten dough and fold it toward you.Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away with a rolling motion.  Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat the "fold, push and turn" steps.  Keep kneading dough until it is smooth and elastic.  Use a little more flour if dough becomes too sticky, always working the flour into the ball of dough.