Vegan Chicken Pesto Pizza (5-Ingredients)

June 14, 2019

Entree

By: Chris Petrellese 

The Vegan Chicken Pesto Pizza of your dreams. A creamy dairy-free and nut-free pesto sauce as a base, layered with vegan chicken, dairy-free cheese and fresh cherry tomatoes. Who wants a bite?

Close up shot of a vegan chicken pesto pizza with tomatoes by sweet simple vegan

Who doesn’t love a deliciously decant vegan pizza? Today we are firing up some chicken pesto pizzas, which are meat-free, dairy-free, and so full of flavor.

Ingredients for vegan chicken pesto pizza on a wooden board

We used our homemade pizza dough and topped it with a nut-free sunflower seed pesto, vegan chicken  (we used Tofurky lightly seasoned chick’n), some vegan mozzarella cheese and some fresh cherry tomatoes. Instead of using pizza sauce for this vegan chicken pesto pizza, we use our sunflower seed pesto recipe, which is a winner all on its own. If you don’t want to make your own pesto, we recommend this store-bought vegan variety.

Feel free to get creative and add any toppings your heart desires. We recommend roasted garlic, broccoli, potatoes, etc. The most important thing is that you have fun making it and it tastes delicious! add any other toppings of your choice as desired. This would be great with mushrooms and we will definitely be adding some the next time we make it! 

We are so excited for you to try this vegan chicken pesto pizza. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and is a great dish to serve to impress your non-vegan friends. Chances are they won’t even know it’s vegan! It’s also a perfect party food if you want to cut it up into smaller slices and serve as an appetizer. 

Hand grabbing a slice of a vegan chicken pesto pizza with tomatoes by sweet simple vegan

What are your favorite pizza creations? Let us know in the comments below! Plus make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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Close up shot of a vegan chicken pesto pizza with tomatoes by sweet simple vegan

Vegan Chicken Pesto Pizza (5-Ingredients)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Description

The Vegan Chicken Pesto Pizza of your dreams. A creamy dairy-free and nut-free pesto sauce as a base, layered with vegan chicken, dairy-free cheese and fresh cherry tomatoes. Who wants a bite?


Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
  • 23 tablespoons vegan pesto (try out nut-free pesto)*
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan chicken (we used Tofurky)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F* and lightly coat a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil (see notes). We used this 12-inch pizza pan.
  2. Roll the pizza dough out evenly until it is 12-inches in diameter. Using the back of spoon, spread out the pesto as best you can. It will be a bit chunky but don’t worry about that, just do the best you can. Evenly sprinkle on the vegan chicken, cheese, and cherry tomatoes. Add additional toppings of your choice if desired.
  3. Place the pizza into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown* (see notes). Remove from the oven and carefully cut it using a pizza cutter. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are using store bought pizza dough, bake according the the package directions. Baking temperature and time will vary.
  • From our experience, using too much pesto results in a soggy pizza since it has a large amount of oil in it. We found that 2-3 tablespoons of pesto works the best with a 12-inch 8 oz. crust.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Entree, Pizza
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Vegan, Chicken, Pesto, Pizza, Entree, Lunch, Dinner

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  1. Michele says:

    What cheese do you use? I’ve tried a few and ????

  2. PS says:

    This really is a good pizza crust recipe. I made this without improvising, and it came out great! Very tasty (the cherry tomatoes cook down and has amazing flavor). Baking this in a 500 degree oven makes all the difference in the world! I baked my two pizzas in less time because I used dark non-stick pans and they would have burned otherwise (and they still came out brick oven like). My family loved them, and leftover slices stayed perfectly firm in the fridge for cold pizza noshing. Leftovers didn’t last more than a day so I can’t say how long they would have kept 🙂

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