Friday, March 8, 2013

Savory Southwest Chicken Pizza

Savory Pizza with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Earlier this week I prepared a Roasted Red Pepper and Jalapeno Steak Sauce and didn't have enough steak to use it all up. It's far too tasty of a sauce to waste so I've been finding other ways to make use of the leftovers.

I've already topped a Re-fried Bean, Beef and Vegetable Wrap with it (which was excellent) and used the remaining 1/2 cup as a savory pizza sauce! Hmmm, that's not exactly right.

I was PLANNING to use the remaining 1/2 cup of sauce but I only needed 1/4 cup because I wasn't sure  my kids would approve of it on their "za". So when I made this pizza only half the dough got a shot of the roasted pepper sauce and the other half (the kid's side) was lambasted with pizza sauce out of can (they ended up with a Hawaiian pizza pie instead of the Savory Southwest Chicken version).

Raw pizza dough topped with sauce

One thing I noticed after tasting this pizza was that I was far too timid with was the sauce. I spread it on fairly thin because I thought it would overpower everything. It didn't. I would have liked to have tasted more of that incredible deep southwest flavor this sauce has to offer!

Raw pizza dough with toppings

For toppings, I seasoned cubed chicken breast with salt and pepper then fried them in a cast iron skillet along with chunks of red onion. I also used raw diced yellow bell pepper as a topping.

As for cheese, I had three types to choose from in my fridge. 

There was Havarti. Although not enough to cover my side of the pizza.
There was mozzarella, but after topping the the kid's side with it there was little left.
That left the third option was Marble Cheddar which ended up being quite a good fit with the sauce and the chopped cilantro I added on afterwards.

The ONLY other obstacle I ran into during this cooking experience was the pizza crust stuck to the sides of the baking sheet (I must have skimped on the oil when I prepared the pan). By the time I freed the pizza from the sides most of the outside crust was a mangled mess...not exactly great for photos.

Then I thought of what my mom often does with her homemade pizza. 

Pizza slice

She cuts it into appetizer sized pieces!

In the end everything worked out great! The pizza tasted awesome. The smaller slices kept me from eating too much pizza (that's a good thing seeing that when I stand on my bathroom scale the numbers are starting to get ugly). The kids inhaled their Hawaiian version and I got to share some decent photos of pizza slices that look like they just slipped right off the baking sheet with ease!

Never a dull moment in the kitchen!

First Time Making Pizza with Fresh Dough?

pizza making tips
Before you begin it helps to know a few things up front.

This post comes in handy if using fresh dough for the first time...5 Tips for Painless Pizza Making Experience 

Savory Southwest Chicken Pizza

A homemade pizza topped with a savory charred pepper sauce, skillet fried chicken, red onions and yellow bell peppers.

Pizza slice on cutting board

Recipe Inspiration: Using up my leftover Roasted Red Pepper and Jalapeno Steak Sauce
Makes:  1 pizza 
Prep Time: 10 minutes (if you have the sauce already made)
Cooking Time: 10 minutes 
Fresh pizza dough 750g / 26 oz.
Olive oil
1/2 cup Roasted Red Pepper and Jalapeno Sauce (find the recipe here)
2 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
1/2 red onion, chopped 
1 green yellow pepper, diced
1 cup shredded marble cheddar cheese
chopped fresh cilantro

Bring pizza dough up to room temperature and stretch over an 11x17 baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or covered with oil. Lightly brush the top of dough with olive oil and tenderize with a meat tenderizer.

Evenly spread on sauce. Top with cubes of cooked chicken breast, red onion, bell pepper and cheese.

Bake in a 425 F oven for 10 minutes. Broil for the last 2 minutes to brown the cheese on top. Garnish pizza with cilantro.

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1 comment:

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