Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza: leftover night can rock your world

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So, it’s Tuesday night, a.k.a leftover night. We had some great meals over the weekend, but I’m fresh out of energy and ideas. What’s a gal to do?

Well, we could go out, or get takeout. Oh, wait, it’s Tuesday. In my small town literally every restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. The Greek pizza place? Closed. The comfy bistro? Closed after lunch. Wait! How about the trusty diner? Like the sign says, “open 7 days a week, closed on Tuesdays.” *sigh*

OK, fridge, it’s you and me. What have you got to offer?

Spaghetti and one meatball. Six slices of cooked bacon from Sunday’s BLTs. Half a head of lettuce, ditto. Gray stuff in the back (umm, no). One chicken breast, thawed. Four jars of pickles (why do we have four jars of pickles?)

Brace yourself, I feel an idea starting to form. Check the freezer for tortillas, maybe we can have chicken wraps. No wraps, but a nice stack of pre-made pizza crusts.  LIghtbulb! We’ll swap pizza crust for wraps and have a Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza! Yes, oh, yes. Dinner in 30, everyone!

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A quick zap in the microwave and a pass under the knife blade and we’ve got smokehouse bacon ready to go.

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While the oven preheats to 400°F, we’ll sauté the chicken breast to a golden brown.

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Beautiful butter lettuce at the ready after a quick wash. Romaine would also work out well.

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Cue the thawed pizza crust. I found a little Alfredo sauce already made up, but you can use jarred, or your favorite white sauce/cheese sauce recipe.

Add about half a cup of cut-up cooked chicken and 1/4 cup of the bacon.

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A generous topping of pizza cheese. Now off to the oven to bake until hot and bubbly.

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Just before the pizza is done baking, cut up a generous 2 cups of lettuce, another 1/2 cup chicken, and another 1/4 cup bacon.

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Toss together with 2 tablespoons of prepared ranch dressing. You want the salad lightly coated all over, but not dripping wet.

(I confess, this is a photo with romaine, not butter lettuce. Yes, I’ve made this pizza several times lately; color me addicted.)

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Pile the cool salad on the warm pizza and serve immediately, with plenty of napkins. Fresh, crunchy, cool, saucy, smoky – and gone.

Thank you, fridge, for all you had to offer tonight. You gave us a spectacular meal from your stash. Thanks, too, for clinking that bottle of wine right before we ate. You turned leftover night into paradise.

**please note there is no printable version for this blog/recipe. It’s all about using your creativity.**

Got a favorite leftover makeover? Please share in our comments. Who couldn’t use a little help for next Tuesday?!

MaryJane Robbins
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MaryJane Robbins grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Vermont 20 years ago. After teaching young children for 15 years, she changed careers and joined King Arthur Flour in 2005. MaryJane began working on King Arthur Flour's baker’s hotline in 2006, and the blog team ...

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  1. Paul from Ohio

    Oh yeah, NOW, I get the message of this post and found your reference to just what I needed in a linked earlier one pre-made pizza crusts! You wrote…………. Honestly, I can’t think of a single drawback to having a nice stack of tasty crusts ready to go. Well there you go!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m SO THERE, it’s not even funny. As always, once again, thanks for the LEAD on a very very good idea(s).

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  2. Heather

    Last Monday was chicken wraps. Tuesday left overs included about one chicken breast-shredded, some rice, chicken broth (I opened a qt to cook the rice), and black beans. My kids would have loved to eat wraps again but after rescuing two cans of white beans from the back of the pantry I opted for white bean chicken chili! I also used the left over black beans to make our family favorite “bean casserole”. I served the chili on the rice with a dollop of sour cream and blue corn chips. I hate wasting food and love ideas for left overs! Thanks!

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    1. MaryJane Robbins , post author

      I have been dying for a white chili lately. I really need to stock my bean shelf again in the pantry. To the store…away! ~ MJ

  3. Heather

    I checked back hoping to find more leftover inspriation but alas mine was the last comment. Well, I have a couple more. Made beef burritos, used leftovers for nacho snack. Made heart shaped brownie “cakes” with raspberry filling and cream cheese icing, used left over brownie pieces on ice cream and left over filling and icing on yellow cupcakes. Had two left over egg whites from the cupcakes so I made black bean burgers and used leftover salad toppings for burger toppings. I have some leftover rotisserie chicken I plan to use up tomorrow. Maybe a pizza is in order! Thanks againg for the great blog.

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  4. Gail Heinemann

    Actually I’d love the recipe for frozen pizza crusts. My kids lead a crazy lifestyle between teaching, coaching sports, and ER nursing. Pulling something out of the freezer is a fast way to get supper started/on the table, and pizza is a favorite,esp of my son–in-law.. Since I follow King Arthur flour on Facebook, could I request a frozen pizza post?
    thank you!

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    1. MaryJane Robbins , post author

      Hey there Gail,
      Check out our blog on Taco pizza. We go through the steps of prepping the pizza crusts for freezing there. Plus, you get to see pictures of my cat! ~ MJ

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