Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Pockets #NationalGarlicDay

garlic chicken pizza pockets
Garlic rules my kitchen. No other ingredient comes close to being number two. So when Heather from girlichef.com invited me to join her and a group of friends to celebrate National Garlic Day by sharing recipes and an awesome giveaway, I said,”Where do I sign up?”
It turned out that I could stay in my kitchen and join in the festivities from home.
That is a good thing because that is where I keep my stash. I do use quite a bit but I still try to grow most of my own crop.
harvested garlic
Depending on the time of year, you can find this bulb growing in my garden, overwintering, drying in sun room, or resting as dry storage above the potato bin.

If you would like to learn more about the bulb itself, you can find tips on varieties, growing and storage here.

One of my favorite ways to use garlic is to roast it. If you never tried roasting a bulb, it is very easy. Just cut off the stem end down to where the cloves are peeking out. Drizzle with olive oil. Wrap tightly in foil and roast at 350 for about 30 minutes. It is done when it turns soft and golden brown. Your kitchen will smell wonderful! I wonder if there is a way to bottle that smell. Hmmm.

Sorry I was daydreaming for a minute! Anyway, when you are ready to use it, squeeze the bulb and the roasted cloves will slide out. It will keep several days refrigerated as is wrapped in the roasting foil. I made extra and enjoyed some in mashed potatoes and later with spaghetti.

Roasting garlic draws out the bulb’s sweetness. Remember since it is a bulb, it basically holds the plant’s food in the form of sugar. Same thing with onions. Caramelized onions taste so different than in their raw state. Delicious, right?

roasted garlic

These Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Pockets combine so many of my favorite ingredients in one handy meal. This is an easy meal you can prepare ahead for weekday dinner or use as a quick meal on a busy weekend. Did I mention caramelized onions are in here too? :) Enjoy!

Start with sauteed chicken and onions.
garlic chicken
Add the cheese and close.
garlic chicken filling
garlic chicken pocket bake
Bake to golden brown.
garlic chicken pizza pocket

Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Pockets #NationalGarlicDay
 
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Ingredients
  • 1'2 pound chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bulb roasted garlic (entire bulb not just a few cloves)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or pizza blend cheese
  • ½ small pizza dough round, purchased or homemade
sauce for dipping
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed plum tomatoes
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add butter, oil, chicken and onions in a large skillet. Saute 2 minutes then squeeze in roasted garlic and rosemary. Cook until chicken is done and onions caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  2. Cut dough into 4 pieces about 2x4-inches each. Roll out into a rectangle like a Stromboli.
  3. Divide chicken mixture between dough pieces. sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Fold over edges and seal. Add s few slits on top to let out steam.
  5. Brush tops with leftover buttery pan drippings. Too good to waste!
  6. Spray a pizza pan or sheet pan lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes until tops are brown and cheese is melted.
  7. While pizza cooks make sauce. Add sauce all ingredients to a medium-sized sauce pan and cook over medium heat, whisking frequently until tomatoes are broken down, vegetables are cooked and sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
  8. Or serve with your favorite pizza sauce.

Here are 14 more great ways to enjoy my favorite edible bulb from these garlic loving bloggers!

Giveaway

In honor of National Garlic Day and our love of the stinking rose, we are giving away a Garlic Lovers Prize Pack (valued at over $100) that includes:

  1. The Garlic Farmers’ Cookbook
  2. One-year membership to the Garlic Seed Foundation
  3. 5 Garlic Button Covers
  4. OXO Good Grips Garlic Press
  5. The Ultimate Garlic Peeler
  6. Tumbleweed Pottery Garlic Clove Canister Keeper with Vented Lid
  7. Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster
  8. 2 Bulbs of Whole Black Garlic

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (mandatory) answering this question: What is your favorite GARLICKY dish (or one that you’d love to try)?

After you’ve answered the question for entry into this contest, be sure to record that you did so in the rafflecopter widget below; doing so will unlock many more optional ways to earn entries.

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This giveaway is open to residents of the Continental USA. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, April 24, 2014. All entries will be verified. A winner will be chosen from qualifying entries via random draw, and notified via email within 48 hours of the close of this contest. The winner will have 24 hours from the time the email is sent to respond with their complete name and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Prizes provided by The Garlic Seed Foundation, Food Lust People Love and girlichef. Prizes may vary slightly from images shown and are subject to replacement with comparable items if ones pictured are no longer available at the close of this contest. Items may be shipped separately.

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35 Responses to Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Pockets #NationalGarlicDay

  1. Jessie C. says:

    I like ROASTED CRACKED BABY POTATOES WITH GARLIC

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  3. Karen D says:

    I like to toss homemade pasta with melted butter & finely minced garlic. LOTS of garlic.

  4. Allison Downes says:

    I love home made roasted garlic hummus.

    Thank you for the chance to win this!

  5. Oh my GOSH, Cindy! These look like the perfect Saturday movie night treat :) OH, and just my luck…it’s Saturday!!
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  7. Oh my gosh, I am with you…so dreamy… And those are some gorgeous heads of garlic you have, wow Cindy! There’s not a single thing that I don’t love about these pizza pockets, they sound delicious!
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  9. Denise Malia says:

    Garlic mashed potatoes. Yum! (ツ)

  10. Daphne Turner says:

    Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  11. That photo of the roasted garlic looks so amazing and this recipe sounds perfect. Delish!
    Karen @ Karen’s Kitchen Stories recently posted..Caesar Tartlets with Sweet Garlic Butter CrustsMy Profile

  12. Stacy says:

    Oh, man! Caramelized onions and GARLIC! What wonderful hot pocket, Cindy. I could eat a few of these! So glad you could join us for National Garlic Day!
    Stacy recently posted..Slow-Roasted Lamb with 40 Cloves of Garlic #NationalGarlicDayMy Profile

  13. Bea says:

    Yes, for garlic!!! Garlic rules our kitchen as well…we are never, ever out of garlic ;)

    I love your recipe for the roasted garlic chicken pizza pockets and will have to make it soon with my usual adaptions :) Thank you, Cindy.
    Bea recently posted..Garlic Soup with cheese & Garlic Olive Crunch Bread for #NationalGarlicDay {+ Giveaway}My Profile

  14. Classic flavors. It looks delicious!
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts recently posted..Garlic Fried Rice for National Garlic DayMy Profile

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  16. I’ve never roasted garlic because it’s seemed intimidating. After looking at today’s recipes I have to try!
    Amanda @ MarocMama recently posted..Easy Garlic Infused Olive Oil for #NationalGarlicDayMy Profile

  17. Sarah Hall says:

    My Aunt had a recipe for potato salad with lots of garlic in it. I love that stuff.

  18. Alexi says:

    I love roasted garlic with spaghetti

  19. cheri says:

    Roasted garlic is amazing, it’s wonderful that you are actually growing it as well, I tried once and did not reap any bulbs at all, will try again making sure they are organic.
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  20. jacquie says:

    can’t beat a nice crunchy garlic bread.

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  22. Mmm I definitely do not roast garlic enough. This looks great.
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