Air Fryer Copycat Panera Flatbread Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza — If you love Panera’s flatbread pizzas, you’ll love this copycat recipe! It’s easy to make and features chipotle chicken and bacon. The best part? You can customize it however you like. So go ahead and add your favorite toppings!
There’s nothing like a delicious, cheesy pizza to satisfy your cravings. But sometimes, you don’t want to go out and spend money on a pricey pizza from your favorite Italian restaurant. That’s where this copycat Panera flatbread pizza comes in – it’s easy to make at home and is just as tasty as the real thing! This recipe features chipotle chicken and bacon, two of our favorite ingredients. So put on your chef’s hat, and let’s get cooking!
What Is A Panera Flatbread Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza?
It’s no secret that Panera is a popular spot for quick, healthy eats. But did you know they also serve up some pretty delicious pizza? Their Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza is a fan favorite, and it’s easy to see why.
With its flavorful chicken and bacon toppings, this pizza is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. So if you’re looking for a tasty way to satisfy your hunger, be sure to give Panera’s Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza a try!
Today, I made this amazing Copycat Recipe right in my air fryer! It was so yummy and delicious! I served it with my favorite Panera Soup, made in my Instant Pot, Instant Pot Copycat Panera’s Broccoli and Cheddar Soup!
Ingredients Needed For Copycat Panera Flatbread Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza
- Minced Garlic
- Heavy Cream
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Naan Bread
- Grated Mozzarella Cheese
- Smoked Shredded Chicken
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Chiptole Aoili
- Fresh Cilantro
- Salt & Black Pepper
How To Make Air Fryer Copycat Panera Flatbread Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza
Start by Making The Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter. Once melted, add garlic and cook for a minute until turning golden. Whisk in cream and parmesan cheese. Heat for a few minutes, then take off the heat.
Then Make The Flatbread: Spoon garlic cream sauce over the base. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese on top.
Scatter shredded chicken, bacon, and sliced cherry tomatoes on top of the cheese.
Preheat air fryer to 400˚F. Put flatbread into an air fryer basket and cook for 4 minutes or until cheese has completely melted.
Remove flatbread from the basket, top with chipotle aioli, shredded cilantro—season with salt and pepper.
Naan: While I used a classical Naan Bread, you can use anything you want for the crust. IF you are on a Keto or low-carb diet, you can switch out the Naan for a low-carb option. Other options are gluten-free, which I would recommend Udi’s.
Garlic Cream Sauce: While I made a homemade version, you can easily use store-bought. Some great options are Le Sauce Gourmet Lemon White Wine Garlic Finishing Sauce or Prego Pasta Sauce With Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Cheese.
Chicken; You can use either homemade chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken. I love using my leftover Costco Chicken for this recipe. And it’s a great way to use any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or your Roasted Air Fryer Chicken!
Vegetables: While I made a copycat version, using the same ingredients Panera uses on this pizza, it’s a great way to sneak in vegetables for the entire family. Some great options would be diced red onions, sauteed onions, cooked spinach, or even kale!
How Long Do These PIzzas Take To Put Together?
If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner that tastes great, look no further. This recipe will get you a homemade pizza in under 10 minutes.
If you want an even faster pizza, you can make the sauce ahead of time or use a store-bought sauce.
Can I Double The Recipe?
Yes, although depending on the size of your air fryer, you will only be able to cook one pizza at a time! You can prepare all of the pizzas and then stick them into a warm oven (around 200 degrees F, while you finish up with the rest of the family’s dinner!)
Do I Need To Par-Bake The Crust?
No, depending on where the heat source is in your air fryer. Mine was at the bottom, which made my crust crispy and delicious!
If you find that your pizza does not come out crispy in the air fryer, check where your heat source is, and you can always par-bake the crust for a couple of minutes before you add your sauce and toppings.
How To Store Air Fryer Copycat Panera Flatbread Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza
If you have any leftover Air Fryer Copycat Panera Flatbread Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza, let it cool to room temperature, and then place it into an airtight container. It will last for 2 to 3 days.
You can reheat it in the air fryer or microwave until warmed through.
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Air Fryer Copycat Panera Flatbread Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza
Garlic Cream Sauce:
- 1 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 naan bread
- 1/2 cup mozzzarella cheese, shredded or grated
- 1/4 cup smoked shredded chicken
- 1 slice bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chipotle aioli
- 1 teaspoon diced fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Make garlic cream sauce:
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter. Once melted, add garlic and cook for a minute until turning golden.
- Whisk in cream and parmesan cheese. Heat for a few minutes then take off heat.
- Spoon garlic cream sauce over base. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese on top.
- Scatter shredded chicken, bacon and sliced cherry tomatoes on top of the cheese.
- Preheat airfryer to 400˚F. Put flatbread into airfryer basket and cook for 4 minutes or until cheese has completely melted.
- Remove flatbread from basket, top with chipotle aioli and shredded cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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