May 2, 2023

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Pesto Pizza

Gourmet taste from your backyard grill

Pizza with pesto, chicken, tomatoes, cheese and red peppers.

It’s fun and healthy to make pizza on the grill. It’s also quick and easy — and sure to be a family favorite. Experiment with different vegetables and fruits on your grill this season for healthy, tasty meals.


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  • 1 package prepared whole-wheat pizza crust (found in refrigerated section)
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 4 ounces soft, low-fat goat cheese, cut in small cubes
  • 1 large ripe tomato, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup fresh or canned roasted red pepper, drained well and cut in thin strips
  • 6 ounces precooked chicken breast, cut into small chunks


  1. Spray or brush grill grate with oil. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Brush or spray a cutting board or large pan with olive oil. Spread out pizza dough with oiled fingers into the desired crust shape.
  3. Prepare vegetables, chicken and cheese in small cups or bowls. Set aside.
  4. When you’re ready to grill, put pizza dough on grill and cover.
  5. Cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, or until the top begins to bubble and the bottom is lightly browned.
  6. Flip over and brush with pesto sauce.
  7. Working quickly, add the tomatoes, roasted red peppers and chicken. Dot with cheese.
  8. Cover and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Take off the heat and enjoy!

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 6 servings
Serving size = one slice

Calories: 428
Protein: 24 g
Total fat: 12 g
Saturated fat: 5 g
Sodium: 540 mg
Calcium: 95 mg
Fiber: 6 g
Sugar: 3 g
Potassium: 410 mg
Magnesium: 80 mg

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