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I am always looking for ways to stretch our food budget. I stock up on shredded cheese when its on sale, use dried beans in lieu of canned, and am not afraid to make a meal entirely from scratch.

Homemade pizza is one of our favorite ways to help our grocery money go a bit further and it’s important to create new recipes so we don’t get stuck in a “food rut.” Normally, I make a buffalo chicken pizza, but tonight I decided to try this Chicken & Bacon Pizza complete with a homemade garlic cream sauce.



  • 1 chicken breast
  • 5 slices bacon
  • pizza dough (recipe to follow)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (this is my favorite garlic press!)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp basil, dried
  • 2 cups mozzarella & cheddar blend cheese


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place bacon slices on parchment paper and bake for 10-15 mins, or until crispy
  • Prepare pizza dough:
    1. 1 pkt active rise yeast
    2. 1 tsp sugar
    3. 1 cup water, lukewarm
    4. 2 cups flour
      1. Combine yeast, sugar, and water. Let sit for 5 mins to activate yeast.
      2. Add 2 cups flour and knead into a ball. (Hint: THIS gadget makes this step so much easier!)
      3. Cover, let rise until doubled.
  • Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, approximately 20-25 minutes. (Hint: If you haven’t thawed your chicken, you can toss it with a cup of water into your Instant Pot on manual pressure for 30 minutes!). Shred.
  • Prepare Sauce:
    1. In a skillet, melt butter and oil
    2. Add garlic and shallot, cook for 2 minutes stirring frequently to prevent burning
    3. Add flour and cook until combined – it will be a thick rue
    4. Whisk in chicken broth.
    5. Add milk slowly as you continue to whisk mixture.
    6. Season to taste and add basil.
    7. Let simmer on low for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Spread pizza dough on a pizza pan covered with parchment paper (or a pizza stone). Prick with a fork all over.
  • Spread sauce over dough.
  • Top with shredded chicken, bacon, and cheese.
  • Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until crust is slightly browned.