November 25, 2015

Creamy Mustard Chicken French Bread Pizza

I love how easy french bread pizzas are to pull together and I love the texture of the crunchy yet soft bread with the toppings. I've made a few before, but this one was definitely the most flavorful.
French bread, a creamy/mustard spread, marinated chicken, mushrooms, cilantro and a honey dijon sauce take this "pizza" to a whole new level.
You'll think you're eating at a fancy restaurant and your family/friends won't believe what you've created.
This is definitely a richer pizza with the cream cheese base, but that's what makes it unique and tasty.

Creamy Mustard Chicken French Bread Pizza
Adapted from Carlsbad Cravings
1 loaf French bread, sliced in half lengthwise
1 chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups THINLY sliced mushrooms
6 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
Cilantro garnish 

Honey Dijon Marinade/Sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp.yellow mustard
1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1/2 tsp. Cajun spice
1/4 tsp. salt

1. Whisk Honey Dijon Marinade/Sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add two tablespoons marinade to a freezer bag along with chicken. Marinate 30 minutes – 8 hours. Refrigerate unused Honey Dijon Sauce separately.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
3. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until cooked through. Stir in one tablespoon reserved Honey Dijon Sauce. Set aside.
4. Microwave cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until completely smooth. Whisk in 2 tablespoons Honey Dijon Sauce. Spread this Honey Dijon Cream Cheese evenly over each half of french bread. Evenly top with mushrooms, followed by chicken, then cheeses.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.

6. Drizzle each french bread with any remaining Honey Dijon Sauce. Garnish with cilantro.

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