Make-Ahead Chicken-Spinach Calzones

Make-Ahead Chicken-Spinach Calzones
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Freeze Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs
12 calzones


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 3 cup chopped cooked chicken or turkey breast (about 1 pound)

  • 2 ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach

  • 1 ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)

  • ½ cup no-salt-added tomato sauce or regular tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 13.8 ounce packages refrigerated pizza dough

  • Fat-free milk

  • Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (optional)

  • Pizza sauce, warmed (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper; set aside. For filling, in a large bowl combine chicken, spinach, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll pizza dough, one package at a time, into a 15x10-inch rectangle. Cut rectangle into six 5-inch squares. Spoon about 1/3 cup filling onto half of each square. Moisten edges of dough with water. Fold dough over filling to form a triangle or rectangle and crimp edges to seal. Prick tops of calzones; brush with milk. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. If desired, sprinkle calzones with Parmesan cheese. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.

  4. Freeze calzones on baking sheets about 1 hour or until firm. Layer frozen calzones between sheets of waxed paper in a freezer container; seal and freeze for up to 1 month.

  5. To serve, thaw desired number of calzones in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place calzones on a lightly greased baking sheet(s). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through. If desired, serve with warmed pizza sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
6g Fat
32g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 483mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 148mg 3%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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