Tuesday, November 9, 2010

80(ish)--- Thai Chicken Calzones

This is an 80(ish). You can make this a strong 80 by preparing this recipe as a pizza, rather than a calzone (thus eliminating some dough/ carbohydrates). Just use the peanut sauce as your sauce and pile the ingredients on top.

I always have friends request this recipe. It's so easy and you get to use really fresh ingredients (some that we have previously prepared).

I'm sure you are aware that spinach is good for you. This SUPERFOOD is high in Vitamin C, carotenoids, flavonoids, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, manganese, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium.......... this list goes on and on. So, if you want to live long and prosper-- Popeye-ify!

Thai Chicken Calzones
Serves 10

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe, divided into 10 pieces, rolled thin
4- 4 or 5oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, marinated then grilled or baked and cut into 1/2" chunks
3 cups spinach leaves, shredded
3/4 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (part-skim)

Chicken Marinade
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, shredded

Peanut Sauce
1/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
2 tsp sesame oil
8 oz lite coconut milk
1 1/2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp hot chili sauce (Thai chili sauce)
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp lime juice

**Marinate chicken breasts in marinade ingredients for 1-3 hours prior to cooking.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine cooked chicken pieces, spinach, cilantro, shredded carrot, and shredded cheese. On each rolled-out dough circle, add ~1/2 cup chicken mixture. Lightly brush water to the edge of the circle. Fold dough over and pinch edges to seal. Lay calzones on a baking sheet (or 2) sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Bake for ~15-20 minutes on middle rack, or until crust is lightly brown.

Combine peanut sauce ingredients in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently.

To serve: ladle ~1/4 cup peanut sauce onto the top of each calzone. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info per 1 calzone with peanut sauce: 386 calories, 27 g protein, 13 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 24 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber

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