Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer

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A plate of chicken with a glass of wine and lemons.

Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer – There are certain foods that reign on top of my personal  hierarchy of dishes. Much like Mercedes Benz and Porche dominate most other vehicles in luxury and opulence (in my book), Pizza and Caesar salad rule the roost, over my favorite eats. I’ve had the idea of combining the two together for sometime now, thinking it would be a sublime combination. May I just say, I love it when I’m right.

Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer

A plate of salad

It’s a pretty well-known fact among those who are close to me that I love my pizza. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that for a time, I may have been obsessed with creating my own varieties. That phase of my life lasted for about  a dozen years. In some ways it’s a relief that I’ve moved  on. Don’t get me wrong, among all other foods, pizza still is nearest and dearest to my heart. Now,  however I feel a bit more freedom to concentrate on other genres of good tasting eats.

A close up of a pizza
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It’s been a while since I’ve created a new pizza and with this Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer we have a bit of a hybrid. It’s part pizza, part Caesar salad, and 110% delicious. Sticking with quality ingredients, I took a few short cuts. Rather than making my own dough, I picked up a store-made fresh pizza dough. Instead of roasting my own chicken, I bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. And finally, and most central to this recipe, I used Girard’s Caesar Dressing to tie it all together. This trifecta serves as the base to an out of this world appetizer that is both easy and affordable to make.

Girard’s Caesar Dressing offers a light creamy-based background with soft undertones of everything Caesar: light lemon, garlic, and cheese with subtle and mellow echo of anchovies. When we think of a Caesar dressing, a traditional Caesar salad usually comes to mind and sometimes if you want to jazz things up a bit, chicken Caesar salad.

A platter of mini pizzas

Why not take the chicken part of that concept along with the Caesar and create a new and delicious appetizer in the form of tiny mouthwatering pizzas? I had just the main ingredient in mind: Girard’s Caesar Dressing. Smooth and pleasing, it is the ideal ingredient to tie everything else together for an easy and all-around delicious appetizer.

chicken Caesar pizza bites

This Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer is a great example of how you can take a quality salad dressing and do so much more than just pour it over a bowl of lettuce.


What we used to make this Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer

(full recipe at end of post)

  • Girard’s Caesar Dressing
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Fresh pizza dough
  • Garlic and Anchovies
  • Shallots
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon
  • Salt and pepper

a close up of lettuce and pizza

Just a few ordinary ingredients make this Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer easy and affordable and  Girard’s Caesar Dressing takes it to an entirely new level of taste. Grab a bottle of this today, put these little pizza treats together and be amazed at the flavor and goodness that you can create.  You’re going to love this one!   -Dan

A tray of food on a table, with Pizza and lettuce

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Chicken Caesar Pizza Bites Appetizer

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 bottle Girard's Caesar Dressing
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 prepared fresh pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced anchovies
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450° F.
  • Remove meat from chicken, coarsely dice and place in large mixing bowl.
  • Add Griard's Caesar Dressing to chicken and stir thoroughly.
  • Fold in remaining ingredients.
  • Roll pizza dough on lightly floured clean hard surface to 1/4" thickness.
  • Use round mold to cut out portions. (We used a variety of sizes from drinking glasses to the container the cheese came in.)
  • Top each portion with chicken mixture and use spatula to place on prepared pizza stone or baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with additional cheese and lemon zest if desired.

Notes

We took a couple of leaves of Romaine lettuce and cut thin ribbons for an colorful and attractive garnish.
This topping can be used for a regular (whole) pizza as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 596mg, Potassium: 40mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 44IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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22 Comments

    1. Thanks for the comments, Lena. These are all that and more. I hope you give them a try, put your own spin on them if you like, and let us know how they turn out!

  1. 5 stars
    They look simply delicious the pizza bites, and I know possibilities are endless when making your own pizza or mini pizzas. I also use dressings as marinade for fish, chicken, and also add it in when I pan saute mushrooms gives the mushrooms some texture and nice color along with garlic butter.

    The pizza minis look fabulous and work for any occasion. If created can come up with a multitude of combinations.

    Thanks for this recipe will try it, and if I know myself, will change it some as I always do.

    1. Thanks for the nice comments, Trish. I hope you give these a try and we would love to hear what (if any) modifications you make!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fabulous idea – I’m definitely going to try these for our next cocktail party! I really like that you used Girard’s brand dressing too!

  3. These little pizzas look easy to make — especially with bottled dressing. I make a smoked salmon appetizer that uses caesar dressing as well. Good stuff!

  4. What’s not to like about this awesome little dish. Perfect for a get together since it sure looks like a crowd pleaser.

  5. I think I’d leave out the chicken and make this a vege version for my teen – she’d love it.

    1. Thanks, Mark. We really enjoyed this combination of savory crust, chicken, and Girard’s Caesar Dressing. I hope you give it a try!