Recipe: White Pizza with Chicken & Cashew Pesto

After a nice Monday night of talking about pizza toppings on #FoodieChats, I was dying to try a new ‘za combination. I usually use tomato sauce when I make pizza because bf’s Italian decent gives him the talent to make a fabulous marinara. Last night, however, was the decided time to switch things up. Having never made a white pizza before, I was worried that bf and I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as our traditional route, but we both couldn’t stop eating it. I kid you not, bf said, “I think this is the best thing either you or I have ever made!”  SCORE!

White PIzza with Chicken & Cashew Pesto

  • 1 small chicken breast
  • 1 small bulb of garlic, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 c olive oil, plus 2 tbsp
  • 3/4 c chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 c chopped cashews
  • 3/4 c flour
  • Pre-made pizza dough (I like Papa Sal’s)
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 1/2 c freshly grated mozzarella
  • 3/4 c. chopped spinach
  • 1 1/2 oz. goat cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Salt and pepper the chicken breast and place on a baking sheet in the oven until cooked through (20-25 minutes). Once chicken is finished baking, allow to cool and then shred. Raise the oven temperature to 450° F.

Peel the cloves from the bulb of garlic and mince. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil and all but 1 tbsp of minced garlic in a small sauce pan over low heat. Allow to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

In a food processor, combine the reserved minced garlic, basil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, cashews, salt and pepper until smooth.

Dust a flat, clean surface with flour and roll out pizza dough with a rolling pin, following package instructions. Transfer the dough to a pizza pan. Spread the garlic-infused oil and pesto onto the dough and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella onto the pizza, add spinach and chicken, then top with the rest of the mozzarella. Tear off chunks of goat cheese and disperse evenly on the pizza.

Place the pizza in the oven for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.



  1. calmyourbeans | 11th May 12

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans and commented:
    Pizza is perfect for a Friday night 🙂

  2. Lea Ann | 12th May 12

    Love the combination of flavors/ingredients here. I’d really like to start a tradition of Friday pizza night. After all, Fridays should be reserved for “fun food”.

    • foodyrach | 13th May 12

      Thank you! Friday as pizza night is a great idea. We followed that tradition in my family for a good many years, and I never tired of it. In fact, it was something that I looked forward to. It marked the start of the weekend.

  3. alotonyourplate | 16th Sep 12

    Thank you so much for adding your recipe to my “Ingredient of the Month” post! You can check it out here: http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/ingredient-of-the-month-basil 🙂

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