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A favorite flavor combination, this pizza is topped with ranch dressing, chunks of chicken and crispy bacon.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza on Taste and TellPhoto  and Recipe Updated January 2014




I have a secret to share as a food blogger.  I love it when the time changes.  If you are a food blogger – or if you’ve ever tried to take a picture of your food, you’ll know that the number one rule for a good photograph is the lighting.  But in the middle of winter, when it dark at 5pm and dinner is just getting started, it makes it really hard.  But here is my secret – I’ve been making dinner in the afternoon.  Yep – I usually start right after lunch, just so that I can have a finished product to take pictures of before the sun would go down.  Then we would just reheat what we were eating that night.  I laughed at myself when I first started doing it, but then I realized how nice it was to not have to worry about dinner when the evening came – which usually is a hectic time around the house.

But sometimes, I would put things off – especially if it’s something I thought I could take a decent “leftover” picture with.  Like this pizza.  But then sometimes, it backfires on you.  Like when you put the pizza in the oven to reheat it, and then you leave it too long, and your pizza totally looks overcooked.  Ooops…

But don’t let the photo fool you.  This was a mighty delicious pizza.  Especially if you like a loaded pizza – this has all kind of goodies on it.  Just don’t overcook your leftovers the next day!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza recipe


Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
 
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A favorite flavor combination, this pizza is topped with ranch dressing, chunks of chicken and crispy bacon.
Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
  • ½ pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 8 oz)
  • 1 (1 lb.) store-bought or homemade pizza dough
  • ½ cup Ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Preheat pizza stone, if using. If not, grease a pizza pan or medium baking sheet.
  2. Place the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add the chicken pieces and cook until no longer pink in the center.
  3. Roll out the dough to a circle. Spread the ranch dressing over the crust. Sprinkle the bacon and chicken over the dressing, followed by both cheeses. Sprinkle the tomatoes over the top. Place the pizza to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, 10-15 minutes. Add the green onions to the top of the pizza before serving.

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12 Responses to Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

  1. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Life in the house of a food blogger is pretty funny. I like your trick to capture the light. It wouldn't work here, though, as it's grey all day long. Sigh.

    Great looking pizza -doesn't look reheated at all.

  2. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I've totally photographed leftovers the next day. This looks good!

  3. A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    I totally agree with you about the time change thing! I'm so excited for the daylight to last long enough to get a good shot of dinner. I barely posted any dinner recipes all winter because of the terrible light!

    This pizza looks super delicious. I'm bookmarking it to make sometime soon!

    - Maggie

  4. kat says:

    I always feel bad for may husband having to wait to eat until the photos are taken

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What a scrummy pizza! I love the toppings.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Joanne says:

    Haha YES is all I have to say to this post! Blogging made me start eating dinner for lunch (which is the way the Europeans do it anyway so I don't really feel THAT weird), which fine since I'm single and don't have to worry about feeding a person who wants to eat dinner at a normal time. I LOVE this pizza and actually, I really like burnt cheese, so this looks just perfect to me!

  7. Julie says:

    Pre-made dinner is a really good thing, regardless of light issues :) I was wondering what to make for dinner. I'm thinking this sounds just right.

  8. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    That sounds amazing! I'm always game for new pizza ideas. And yes… more light will be a wonderful thing! No more dinners for lunch! Yay :)

  9. teresa says:

    i could totally see myself doing the same thing. the things we do for pictures! i'm glad my husband is patient.

    LURVE the pizza. we made something really similar to this when i worked at papa murphy's and i always enjoyed it.

  10. scrambledhenfruit says:

    I think it looks great! I love the fact that it's light a bit longer, but the first few weeks are agony, until my inner "clock" resets itself.

  11. Tessa says:

    Overcooked or not, this still looks great!

  12. Carrian says:

    i sooo want pizza. I'm serious. GOSH! Congrats on your new little one! That's so exciting. I feel like I just saw you at the Harmons event

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