Wednesday, October 30, 2013

chicken and chorizo mini calzones with creamy avocado dip



These little calzones are absolutely delicious! The chorizo, olives, and sundried tomatoes add huge flavor, and by using frozen dinner rolls and rotisserie chicken, this was the perfect weeknight meal. I love having something to dip calzones into, and this creamy avocado dip fit the bill perfectly. Basically, this is an overall fabulous meal that comes together in no time... and you all know how much I love that!

Chicken and Chorizo Mini Calzones with Avocado Yogurt Dip
yields 16 small calzones

you'll need:
16 frozen, unrisen dinner rolls (thawed and allowed to rise for 2-3 hours)
2 lbs. cooked and shredded chicken thighs (or substitute chicken breasts)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 lb. chorizo sausage
1/4 cup chopped green olives
1/4 cup chopped oil-packed sundried tomatoes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten for egg wash

for the avocado dip, you'll need:
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of cayenne
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add chorizo to the skillet and cook until completely done, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Add green olives, sundried tomatoes, and chicken to the skillet, stirring to combine. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as necessary.

Roll thawed and risen rolls on a lightly floured surface. Spoon a few tablespoons of filling onto half of the dough, then fold it over itself, pressing the edges to seal.

Once all the calzones are assembled, brush each one with egg wash. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden.

While calzones are baking, make the avocado dip by combining all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender until smooth.

Serve hot calzones along with a dollop of avocado dip. Enjoy!

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21 comments:

  1. What a great meal and I love that avocado dip! I could eat waaaay too many of those!!

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    1. Thanks, Maria! The dip is my favorite part too! :)

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  2. How do you come up with ideas like this? It all sounds so delicious, but I don't think I ever would've thought to put these things together! You are so creative!

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    1. Thanks Rach! I just figured putting all of these delicious ingredients together couldn't be bad! :)

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  3. Ohh.. Major chorizo lover here... I could go to town on these..

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  4. Such a delicious take on a traditional calzone, I love it! And that creamy avocado dip... oh lordy. What wouldn't I dip in that!

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    1. Thanks Georgia! The dip is the best part!!

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  5. It's got dough, it's got chorizo, it's got avocado dip... Sold!

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  6. I've been thinking about calzones ever since making pizza (thanks to your help!). I always see something tasty stopping by here!

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    1. Thank you, Monica! :) These are SO quick and easy using the frozen dinner rolls, but of course homemade pizza dough is my favorite!

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  7. I would dip and just keep dipping! Looks great!

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  8. Do you have a frozen roll you recommend? These look awesome - we LOVE chorizo and the creamy avocado dip I just.. I just.. I want to eat it with a spoon. All of it. Like, all of quadruple of it. I hope that made sense; I can't focus with all of these lustful avocado thoughts in my brain.

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    1. I use Rhodes brand! And I know what you mean about chorizo and avocados... I can't get enough of either!

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  9. I'm with you on loving meals that take hardly any time out of my day!! This looks awesome and I bet the dipping sauce goes just perfectly with the calzone. I love dipping :)

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    1. Haha, same here! Hope you had a great weekend! xo

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  10. What a fun way to change up regular old calzones! And that avocado yogurt dip... YUM. Yogurt is so awesome-- I love adding stuff and making dips!

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  11. What a great appetizer Marie! I love chicken and chorizo together. I can eat a boatload of these. YUM!

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