Olive Tapenade & Pancetta Flatbread

Flatbread cut into 3 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
Close up of Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

This is no kids-party-cheese-pizza!  Nope, this is a magical, transformational, perhaps even life-changing Flatbread with layers and layers of flavor!  Let the kids keep their plain cheese on make-your-own pizza night, this is YOUR Pizza.  This Flatbread has a crispy crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. 

While I used a Gluten Free dough (see below), you can certainly use a regular ‘with-gluten’ dough.  Either way, this recipe is perfect for outdoors during the Summer, or cozying up inside!

 

Hand holding a piece of Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olives make it Healthy-ish?

Ok, who am I kidding, this recipe is not for your health, it’s for your taste buds!  However, if you do need some rationalization to indulge in this decadent Flatbread, then I present you the MIGHTY OLIVE!

As I mentioned on the blog before, they are high in fat, however, it’s a good oleic fat that has been linked to decreased inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease.  They are also a good source of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.  For more on the health benefits of Olives, check out this article from HeathLine.com.

Here are a couple more of my favorite Olive recipes.  Try this Creamy Olive Chicken Bake and never have bland chicken again!  Or my Pimiento Olive Dip for your next party or just for snacking with veggies!

Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

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PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR OLIVE TAPENADE & PANCETTA FLATBREAD

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this Flatbread recipe, you can prepare all of the toppings in advance and keep them in the fridge.  You can even precook the crust (instructions under Cooking section) and store that in the fridge.

Let’s start with the first layer, the delicious Olive Tapenade.  In a mini food processor, the olives, garlic, and olive oil. Pulse and then blend until completely blended and forming a paste.

Olive tapenade in food processor with spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Slice the pancetta into small pieces. Slice the mushrooms if not already sliced.

To a preheated large skillet, add the pancetta and to render the fat and start to crisp it up, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the pancetta pieces to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.

Cut raw Pancetta on cutting board for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Pancetta in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Pancetta in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Scooping pancetta from skillet with slotted spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Add the sliced mushrooms to pancetta fat in the hot pan and sauté until lightly browned and softened.  Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
At this point, you can continue to assemble and cook the flatbread or store the ingredients in the fridge. Wait to cut the basil until you are ready to cook.

 

COOK YOUR OLIVE TAPENADE & PANCETTA FLATBREAD

Start with your favorite pizza dough.  I used Wholly Wholesome Gluten-Free Pizza Dough.  If you’re using Regular Gluten Pizza Dough, you will want to roll it out on a lightly floured surface and then stretch it out gently to form a large rectangle.  If you’re using Gluten-Free Pizza Dough, like I did, then simply press it out directly into a pan.  Either way, the goal is to get a very thin rectangle layer (as thin as you can go without breaking it) to go in the large sheet pan, filling up as much space as possible. If you do rip the dough or create a whole, simply press it back together again.

Hand pressing Flatbread dough out in a pan for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

For a really crispy crust, I like to prebake the crust for 10 minutes, then take out and set aside until ready to assemble.

Spread a thin layer of the olive tapenade over the flatbread, then top with mozzarella

spoon spreading olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olive tapenade spread on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Hand putting shredded cheese on olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Spread the mushrooms around, then add the pancetta. 

Cook in oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden and crust is starting to lightly brown.

Hand putting pancetta and mushrooms on cheese on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner Now, stay back kids!  This one for Mom and Dad!  (I mean, of course you can share)  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Hand Holding piece of Flatbread with crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Olive Tapenade and Pancetta Flatbread

This life-changing Flatbread has layers and layers of flavor!  It has a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade,  creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil.  #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword basil, flatbread, gluten free, kalamata olives, mozzarella, olives, pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Pieces
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Pizza Dough fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 clove garlic, rough chopped
  • 1/4 lb Pancetta
  • 1 cup Cremini or white button mushrooms sliced
  • 8 oz Shredded Low-Moisture Mozzarella
  • 1/4 Cup Basil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Slice the pancetta into small pieces.  Slice the mushrooms.  

    Cut raw Pancetta on cutting board for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  2. To a preheated large skillet, add the pancetta and to render the fat and start to crisp it up, about 6-8 minutes.  Remove the pancetta pieces to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.

    Scooping pancetta from skillet with slotted spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  3. Add sliced mushrooms to hot pan and sauté until lightly browned and softened.

    Mushrooms in skillet for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  4. In a mini processor, add the olives, garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Pulse until completely ground and forming a paste.

    Olive tapenade in food processor with spoon for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  5. At this point, you can continue to assemble and cook the flatbread or store the ingredients in the fridge.  Wait to cut the basil until you are ready to cook.

Assemble and Cook Flatbread

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly oil the bottom of a large sheet pan.

  2. Regular Gluten Pizza Dough: Roll out on a lightly floured surface and then stretch it out lightly.

    Gluten-Free Pizza Dough: Press it out directly into a pan 

    For either of the above dough methods, you want to get a very thin rectangle layer (as thin as you can go without breaking it) to go in the large sheet pan, filling up as much space as possible.  If you do rip the dough or create a whole, simply press it back together again.

    Hand pressing Flatbread dough out in a pan for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  3. For a crunchy crust, cook in oven for 10 minutes, then take out and set aside until ready to assemble

  4. Spread a thin layer of the olive tapenade over the flatbread, then top with mozzarella
    Hand putting shredded cheese on olive tapenade on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  5. Spread the mushrooms around, then add the pancetta.
    Hand putting pancetta and mushrooms on cheese on flatbread for Olive & Pancetta Flatbread with mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner
  6. Cook in oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden and crust is starting to brown.  While it's cooking, roll the Basil and then thinly slice (chiffonade)

  7. When you take the flatbread out, sprinkle the Basil all over top.  Cut into 6 large pieces and enjoy!

    Flatbread cut into 4 pieces on a pan with a crispy gluten free crust, salty and briny Olive Tapenade, creamy mozzarella, earthy and meaty mushrooms, peppery pancetta, and fresh basil. #flatbread #pizza #olives #tapenade #mediterranean #easydinner #dinner

Craveable Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Creamy, bright, smoky, sweet, and salty…Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has it all!  This has been one of my favorite recipes to make for over 13 years!  There are so many fantastic flavors and textures.  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry seasoning dressing.  Then you get bright and fresh flavor from red pepper, a salty bite from the scallion, and burst of sweetness from the raisins. 

This recipe is a great for families because the curry is just enough to give wonderful flavor, but not too much to over power the chicken for the kids.  Make it once and you will crave it again and again!

 

 

Curry Chicken Salad on toast rouds on plate.  It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Chicken Salad 5 Ways!

I first made this Curry Chicken Salad when I was a caterer in NYC.  I made it as an appetizer and served it in hollowed out baby red potatoes.  Today, I also use this recipe in several other delicious ways!

  • Easy App! Toast Canapes – Simply cut toasts into squares or use a small round cookie cutter.  Brush top and bottom with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake until toasted.  Then top with Curry Chicken Salad and serve.
  • Light Salad Plate – Simply top your favorite greens with this Curry Chicken Salad and serve with tomato slices.
  • Tortilla Roll Up – This is a great way to pack it up in lunches for school!  Simply layer some of the salad in a flour tortilla at one end and roll it up!  Slice or leave whole so kids can hold it. 
  • Hearty Sandwich – Toast up a crusty whole wheat bread and top with Curry Chicken Salad, Lettuce, Tomato, and even Avocado!
  • Quinoa Dinner – Make a simple Quinoa Salad or Mushroom Quinoa Risotto and serve with Curry Chicken Salad.

Ok, now that I’m drooling, let’s get into this delicious recipe! 

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CURRY CHICKEN SALAD

This salad can be made entirely ahead, so it’s perfect for meal prep lunches.  It starts with roasting the chicken.  Season the chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper and put into 400 F degree oven for 25 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to touch, cut it or shred it with your fingers or a fork into bite size pieces.

Shredding roasted chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Make the Curry Dressing by adding the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise into a mini food processor.  Add the Curry Powder, salt, and pepper. Pulse to blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed and pulse again until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.

Sour cream, Cream Cheese, May, salt, pepper, and curry in food processor for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Dressing blended in food processor for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

To a large mixing bowl, add the chicken, diced red pepper, sliced scallion, and raisins.  If you think you don’t like raisins, just try them in this!  They add a bit of sweetness that is unbelievable in this recipe!  I went light on the scallions so not to overpower with onion for my kids, but of course you can add more if your family likes them.  

Transfer the Curry dressing to this bowl as well and mix to combine thoroughly with the dressing.

Shredded chicken, red pepper, scallion, and raisins in bowl for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Dressing, shredded chicken, red pepper, scallion, and raisins in bowl for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Chicken Salad mixed in bowl. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Serve as a lunch or appetizer and enjoy!

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Chicken Salad on toast rouds on plate. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
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Craveable Curry Chicken Salad

Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Then you get a burst of freshness from the red pepper, a salty bite from the scallion, and sweetness from the raisins.  Make this once and you will crave it again and again! #chicken #chickenrecipes #salads #healthyrecipes #currychicken #mealprep

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken, Chicken Salad, Curry, lunch, meal prep
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 32 oz Chicken Breasts (4 breasts)
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Roast Chicken: Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper and put into 400 F degree oven for 25 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center.  Once the chicken has cooled enough to touch, cut it or shred it with your fingers or a fork into bite size pieces.

    Shredding roasted chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  3. Dice Red Pepper and thin slice the scallion.

  4. Make the Curry Dressing by adding the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise into a mini food processor.  Add the Powder Curry, salt, and pepper.  Pulse to blend until smooth.  Scrape down the sides as needed and pulse again until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.  

    Curry Dressing blended in food processor for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  5. To a large mixing bowl, add the chicken, diced red pepper, sliced scallion, and raisins. Then transfer the Curry dressing to this bowl as well.

    Curry Dressing, shredded chicken, red pepper, scallion, and raisins in bowl for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  6. Mix to combine thoroughly with the dressing.
    Curry Chicken Salad mixed in bowl. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

    Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes