Southwest Chicken Calzones – Easy Back to School Dinner Idea!

Thanks to Collective Bias® for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to make Southwest Chicken Calzones -a delicious and easy dinner  made with Tyson chicken!

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Can you believe it’s back to school time already?  School starts next Wednesday and I’m almost done with all of my back to school shopping  for the boys.  Each year, the teachers send a supply “wish” list for their class.  The list contains items that the students will need throughout the year that the school does not provide for them as well as items that the teachers will need that are not in their budget.  It’s up to the parents to jump in and help out making sure the classroom is well stocked for the upcoming school year.

As you can imagine, there are many families that are unable to provide for their children.  We live in a diverse area where there are some very affluent families as well as families that are struggling financially.  Many of us parents make an effort to bring in double, triple or even more of the requested items so that certain children are not a disadvantage to start the year.

I have always loved that our school is a uniform school because it sets the tone for equality and I think that by all children starting the year with the same supplies in their desk whether their parents were able to afford them or not is very important.

I’ve always been very interested in school programs.  You know, those programs where you buy certain items and a percentage goes to your school?  I recently discovered the Tyson Project A+ program and have been very impressed.  I really love how the program is designed with flexibility in mind.  For ever label that is sent in, Tyson gives your school 24¢ and it’s up to your school to use the money for whatever they need.  Makes sense, right?

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The packaging makes it really easy to see what products are participating in the program and as a mom who frequently buys Tyson, I can see how quickly clipping labels could add up to really helping out our school.  Heck!  A box of crayons can be purchased for 50¢!!

Signing up your school or checking to see if they are already participating is super easy to do.  Just head on over and click on Look Up Your School.  If they’re already enrolled – great!  If not, just click on Enroll Now!  to quickly enroll your school in the program.

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To enroll your school in the Tyson Project A+ program you only need some very basic information about your school.  I found the information I needed on our school’s website.  If your child’s school is not already enrolled I would encourage to take the steps to do so.  Once enrolled it’s easy peasy to start earning money for your school.

Tyson is really an amazing company and their products are ones that I love because they make my life easier.  I am particularly in love with the Tyson Grilled & Ready products (look for the green packaging) and that’s exactly what I used in these delicious Southwest Chicken Calzones.  You can use virtually any of the chicken breast products but the Grilled & Ready® Fully Cooked Frozen Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast or the Grilled & Ready® Fully Cooked Frozen Southwestern Chicken Breast Strips are ideal.

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Southwest Chicken Calzones
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (I used light)
  • 1½ cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend or pizza blend)
  • 1½ cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • prepared pizza dough (10 minute pizza dough, bread machine pizza dough)
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine salsa, cream cheese, and shredded cheese in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir in chicken and black beans and set aside.
  4. Divide pizza dough into six equal portions and roll out into circles.
  5. Spoon ½ cup of chicken mixture onto each piece of dough making sure to leave the border of the dough clean.
  6. Fold the dough over the feeling and pinch the edges together to seal the dough.
  7. Slice two steam vents into the top of the calzones and then brush with olive oil.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.


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  1. These look incredible, I haven’t had a calzone in ages!

  2. Man, my stomach is absolutely growling right now. So good Trish! And the info about Safeway and Tyson is great! We’re trying to revamp our boxtops/e-script this year and this will be perfect. I’m forwarding your post to our PTC pres!
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  3. Trish, your calzone looks amazing and I love this Project A+ from Tyson. I just wish I had a Safeway nearby so I could help my school with that program as well!
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  4. We love Tyson chicken! And I know we’d love these calzones – they turned out just gorgeous, Trish. I want to jam one in my mouth right now!
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  5. Terrific recipe and great info on Tyson Project A+. I’ll definitely be looking into that. This filling sounds super-flavorful and easy to throw together! A great grab & go meal for kids. Definitely pinning and can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. These look delish! Just pinned!

  7. My husband loves calzones, I know this will be a hit!
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  8. These sound fantastic, Trish! And what a fabulous program!

  9. Ooohh, this sounds so delicous! Not a good thing to look it when you are starving and sitting at a car service center :):) Yum!
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  10. I love calzones, and Trish, these sound so yummy! I love the Southwestern spin you put on them!
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  11. These sound delicious! I would even add some black olives to it.

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