A Chicken Parmesan Calzone Recipe

A Quick Fix -

A lack of time should never be a reason to settle for fast food or ready-made meals. All too often do I hear the words of "just no time to cook" and "frozen's faster". Well, let's see those excuses hold up to this chicken parmesan calzone recipe! This easy calzone recipe is 100% from scratch, and granted you have some leftover chicken, will only take the lesser part of 35 minutes to prepare. That's fresh yeast bread filled with chicken, vegetables and two gooey cheeses, all baked to perfection in just over a half hour! Seriously, it'd take you more time to put your shoes on and go through a drive thru. It's time to treat yourself to a homemade delight with my easy chicken parm calzone recipe.

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Chicken Parm Calzone Rating -

4.2 stars from 11 ratings of this Chicken Parmesan Calzone Recipe

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: Two Large Calzones

Tip - Use a firmer, part-skim mozzarella cheese for a less-gooey filling.

Ingredients -

Calzone Dough -

  • 1 & 2/3 Cup Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Pkg. Active Dry Yeast

Filling -

  • 1 Cup Shredded Chicken (I used leftover leg meat)
  • 6 Button Mushrooms
  • 1 Packed Cup Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

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You can visit Jimmie's Homemade Calzone guide, for step by step instructions on how to fold the dough as shown above.

Process -

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Begin making the dough. Add the sugar to the warm water and dissolve. Next add your package of yeast and set aside.
  3. Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the vegetable oil and combine well with a fork.
  4. Once bubbles have formed on top of the yeast and sugar water, pour it into the flour. Stir well. The dough will be on the moist side.
  5. Flour a surface and hand knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. At this point, the dough should be elastic and have a shiny appearance.
  6. Place in a bowl and cover with a towel. Place near the oven. The heat will allow for the dough to rise rapidly.
  7. While you're waiting for the next 15 minutes for the dough to rise, prepare the filling. Grate your cheeses, shred any large pieces of leftover chicken and wash the spinach.
  8. For the mushrooms, heat a skillet to medium high heat with no oil or liquid. Slice the mushrooms and add to the hot pan. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until they just start to get a golden color. This process will eliminate most of the water content locked up in the mushrooms, freeing you from a soggy calzone.
  9. After about 15 minutes, the dough should should be pretty close to double it's original size. Remove it from the bowl and give it a quick 20 second knead on a floured surface, then cut into two equal portions.
  10. Roll each portion of dough out to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Stuff with equal amounts of filling and seal up your calzones.
  11. Bake for 11-13 minutes, depending on how golden you want the crust to be! Wait 3-4 minutes before cutting into.

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There you go! Making this chicken parmesan calzone recipe is probably one of the best ways to spend a half hour. Thank you for reading my easy calzone recipe. Please enjoy!

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KDF 4 years ago from Central Illinois

Wow, this looks delicious and fairly simply to make. Thanks so much for sharing. I will try this!


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emimemo 4 years ago from USA

You must be pro.


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wonderingwoolley 4 years ago from Madison, WI

OK, I'm the queen of fast and easy. I mean, I cook, but I'm a throw-it-in-the-oven-and-forget-it kind of cook. This, I can do. Turns out, you can tackle any recipe if the recipe writer has great photos and breaks each step down so well that even I, the cooking dunce and do it. Thanks for sharing!


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lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

I love this recipe , it looks so good! Now I am hungry.


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Pastry has always been my downfall; just don't seem to have the hands for it. But I think even I could manage this.

Thanks for SHARING. This is going on FB & Twitter.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I printed this out for keeps. You had me when you wrote it only takes 35 minutes to prepare with left over chicken! The picture is mouthwatering. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this hub topic.


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Joe Macho 4 years ago from Colorado Author

KDF - Hey, thanks for the follow. I'm glad that you enjoyed the recipe! Take it easy

emimemo - Ha! I wish. Anyone can do it.

wonderingwoolley - Pictures are always a great help. I figure if you're going to give away the recipe, you might as well show how its done too!

lucybell21 - Make them and Enjoy!

phoenix2327 - Don't worry, you got it! The dough for this recipe is quite simple, even with the cuts and folds. Let me know how it goes.

teaches12345 - Awesome! If you know your way around the kitchen, you'll have no problems making them in 35! I'd love to hear your feedback.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

This week's menu is made but I'm putting this one on the menu next week for sure! Thanks for this great recipe with easy instructions and pictures to guide. I always know I'm going to find something tasty when I read your hubs! Voting up and sharing!


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InTuneWithCooking 4 years ago from Australia

Looks fantastic! Will be trying this one for sure. Thanks for sharing.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Dear Mr. Macho,

Please let me live under your kitchen sink so I can eat whatever food scraps you don't want.

Yours sincerely,

Simone Smith


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Joe Macho 4 years ago from Colorado Author

cardelean - Thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing how your calzones turned out. I'll do my best to keep the goodness coming!

InTuneWithCooking - Hey, no problem! Be sure to let me know how they turned out.

Simone Smith - Ha. I'll have to get back to you on that one! I've currently got a tenant, but when the space becomes available, it's all yours. Glad you enjoyed! Take care.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil

Well this just looks scrummy! You could have just sorted tonight's dinner dilemma out. Thank you.


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foodserviceguy 4 years ago from Canada/USA

Looks amazing!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This looks delicious! I love the way you braided those calzone edges. Very elegant. I'd love to try this.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Looks delicious and simple to make! My kind of recipe :)

Will be trying it soon.... Thanks for sharing!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

wow looks easy to make gave it a five star!!!!


S.O'Neal 2 years ago

You say to mix in vegetable oil, but I'm not seeing it on the list of ingredients. Maybe I missed it - how much oil do we add?


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Joe Macho 2 years ago from Colorado Author

1/8 cup of oil will do.


kelly 2 years ago

I'm attempting to make this tonight bit am curious the size is of the yeast package should be, I picked up a package that is .4lbs

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