Apple-Jack Chicken Pizza with Caramelized Onions Recipe

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8 servings SERVINGS


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 large sweet onions, such as Maui or Walla Walla, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 can (13.8 oz.) refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 1 sweet apple, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup cooked real bacon bits (from 3-oz. package)
  • 2 medium green onions, sliced
  • 1 package (6 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 package (6 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese


  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onions and thyme; cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove onion mixture from skillet; set aside.
  • Heat oven to 425°F. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Unroll pizza crust on cookie sheet; press dough into a 14-by-10-inch rectangle. Bake for 7 to 11 minutes, or until light golden brown. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F.
  • Meanwhile, in the same skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add apple slices and sugar; cook for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar is melted and apple slices are slightly soft. Set aside.
  • Spread onion mixture over the partially baked crust. Top evenly with layers of chicken, apple mixture, bacon bits, green onions and cheeses.
  • Bake for 10 to 20 minutes longer, or until cheeses are melted and crust is golden brown.This recipe originally aired in the June 2008 issue of Heart of the Home.
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