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Y’all. How can this summer be almost over already? Two weeks from today, I’ll be sending all but one of my little ones to school- my 3rd will be in kindergarten! How did that happen?

My older 2 are going to a new school where they’ll be in class on their campus 2 days a week then home with me 3 days a week, completing their assignments here. We’ve done almost 100% homeschooling most of their years in school so this will be a change for us, but we’re all excited!

Since lots of change is coming soon in our family (we’ll be licensed to be foster parents in mid-September if all goes as planned), I’m upping my arsenal of quick, easy yet delicious meals.

This weekend, I created a pizza that will definitely be making it on our rotation! Chicken & Bacon pizza with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle- oh my! I could hardly finish photographing it because my hubby wanted it NOW! :)

The best part? This was on the table in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

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When I was at H-E-B last week, I picked up some Wright Brand® Bacon and Tyson® Better for You Lightly Breaded Chicken Strips.  Wright Brand® Bacon (God bless Texas!) that we love! The smoked version was perfect for this pizza.

I loved that I could add high-quality protein to our pizza so easily. I’ve noticed a definite difference in my kids’ attention span when they’re getting enough protein- and with homeschooling, we NEED attention span!

While I was at H-E-B I also picked up a fresh pizza crust from their bakery. Oh, my. I’ll never buy another kind again. It was SO good!

chicken bacon pizza ingredients

I don’t really like traditional pizza sauce, so I used some really good canned tomatoes instead. [If only I’d made this pizza a few weeks ago I could have used fresh tomatoes from our garden.] The tomatoes I chose already had basil, garlic and oregano in them, but because #basilislife , I used basil from our herb garden. (I can grow that stuff like nobody’s business!)


The balsamic drizzle is optional, but not really. 😉 It definitely added a delicious layer of flavor. I can’t wait to make this pizza again- I’m thinking it will make a great first-day-of school dinner!

chicken bacon pizza with balsamic drizzle

Chicken and Bacon Pizza with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle
These are the ingredients you'll need for one pizza- but you should probably make 2. ;)
  • One 16-inch pizza crust
  • 6 slices Wright brand bacon, chopped
  • 6 Tyson lightly breaded chicken strips
  • one 12 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 oz mozzarella, cubed
  • handful of fresh basil, chopped (8-10 large leaves)
  • balsamic drizzle:
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. mayonaisse
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cook chicken strips for 15 minutes, flipping over at the halfway mark.
  3. Pre-cook the pizza crust according to package directions if necessary.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, cook bacon on the stove. It doesn't have to get perfectly crisp because it will finish cooking in the oven. Drain bacon on a paper towel.
  5. Also while chicken is cooking, mix mayonnaise and balsamic vinegar in a squeeze bottle to create the drizzle sauce.
  6. Spread tomatoes evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with salt.
  7. Add bacon to crust; spread evenly.
  8. Cut chicken into small chunks and add to pizza.
  9. Add cheese evenly to pizza.
  10. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is beginning to turn golden brown.
  11. Sprinkle with chopped basil.
  12. Drizzle lightly with balsamic sauce.

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chicken and bacon pizza with basil and balsamic glaze
About Kelli Hays

Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!


  1. Oh wow, this pizza sounds and looks delicious! I think I’ll make it for the family soon. Thanks for the idea and recipe! [client]