Chicken Cordon Bleu Calzones
These easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Calzones are loaded with shredded chicken, melty swiss cheese and ham for an easy dinner the whole family will love. Simple to prepare and can be frozen for quick meals on the fly.
I’m super excited to share one of my favorite things in the whole world….the calzone! I’m a huge carbolic so anytime you wrap anything up in dough and bake it….I’m there. And these easy to make Chicken Cordon Bleu Calzones will not disappoint. Anyone….anywhere. I created this fun twist on Chicken Cordon Bleu for my friend Lori over at Recipe Girl, where I’ll be sharing a few fun, family-friendly dinners over the next few months. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, get over there because she has a ton of recipes that are perfect for busy people like us!
If you’re not familiar with Chicken Cordon Bleu, it’s basically a chicken breast stuffed with ham and swiss before being baked and devoured. We love getting the flavor of Chicken Cordon Bleu without all the work like we do with this Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole!
I just went one step further and stuffed it into my homemade pizza dough stromboli style making it absolutely perfect for game day. You can even freeze them after assembly for an easy weeknight dinner. Leftover chicken from your Sunday dinner or a rotisserie chicken make this even quicker to throw together.
STROMBOLI VS. CALZONE
While a Stromboli is definitely similar to a calzone, they are not the same thing.
A calzone is, in a nutshell, a pizza folded in half and sealed along the edges. A Stromboli is rolled up like a burrito and then sealed.
Both can have the same type of fillings but, most commonly, calzones are filled with mostly cheese and sometimes vegetables. Stromboli, most often, contains some type of meat and cheese.
These easy chicken calzones are savory and amazing and not your typical Calzone.
HOW TO MAKE CALZONE
These couldn’t be easier to make. I start by dividing my dough up into four equal pieces before, carefully, stretching the dough into an oval shape. (Be sure to handle with care so you don’t tear a hole in the dough.)
Brush the dough with a bit of dijon mustard leaving a 1 inch border around the edges. If you spread too much mustard and cover the whole surface, the dough won’t seal and the filling will leak all over the place.
Layer your cheese, ham and shredded chicken over the dough….leaving that one inch border around the edge of the dough.
Fold the dough over to create a half moon and seal the edges by pinching them together with your fingers. You can also use a fork to press the dough together.
Place the calzones on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal, the cornmeal prevents sticking and gives the dough a crisp texture.
Brush the surface of your calzones with lightly beaten egg before baking in a 425 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.
This recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Calzones makes 4 big, beefy calzones that could easily serve two people. Unless they have a hearty appetite. Cut them in half before serving and watch that melty cheese ooze out. Serve with a light salad and devour.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Calzone
- 16 ounces pizza dough
- 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 8 slices deli Swiss cheese
- 8 slices deli ham
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Roll or stretch the dough into a 6 to 8 inch oval. Brush the surface of the dough with the Dijon mustard-- leaving a 1-inch border around the edges.
- Layer two slices of cheese, two slices of ham and 1/2 cup shredded chicken on the dough leaving a 1 inch border around the edges.
- Fold the dough over the chicken and press the edges together to seal. Pinch tightly to avoid the cheese leaking out during baking.
- Repeat with the remaining dough and other ingredients.
- Place the calzones on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal.
- Brush the surface of the calzones with the egg.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately