Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thai Chicken Pizza

I posted this recipe a long time ago when I first started blogging and I have been wanting to re-blog it ever since. This is a great recipe that uses a lot of those great Asian ingredients I showed you in the last post. The flavors are very unique and are definitely a crowd pleaser!


This is a copycat recipe of the Thai Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen. I think it is pretty close! 

There are a few ways you could do this. You could go easy: use a premade pizza crust and a premade peanut sauce or go homemade with homemade crust and homemade pizza sauce. 

I usually meet in the middle with store bought pizza dough [which often goes on sale and there are off brands that work fine] and make my own peanut sauce [there is really only brand at my grocery store and it is about $4.00 a small bottle, but it is good if you want to splurge!].

My only other recommendations are these before proceeding:
  • I heat my oven to 350 and toast the sesame seeds for exactly 5 minutes. They should be lightly golden. You could try 1 minute more but I have burned one too many batches so I stick to 5. 
  • For the chicken, you want to have it cooked before you make the pizza. Just a basic grilled/baked/sauteed chicken is perfect. Don't worry about the seasoning since you will be tossing it in the peanut sauce anyways!
  • Don't forget to add your carrots and cilantro at the end but DON'T BAKE THEM! I have accidentally baked those before and its still good but so much fresher and more vibrant if you add those fresh at the end. 

 Just to show you the consistency of the peanut sauce.
If you like it saucier then shown above, be sure to make extra peanut sauce! 

On to the recipe. Don't be intimidated by this long list! Remember just make as much as you can handle!


Thai Chicken Pizza
adapted from allrecipes.com

If you use the pizza dough recipe here it will make a round pizza to feed 2. If you use the refrigerated pizza dough that is rectangle it should serve four but you will probably need to double the peanut sauce and add a few more toppings.  

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
 Peanut Sauce
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons honey
Pizza Toppings 
  • 1 boneless chicken breast, cooked and sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons peanuts, crushed
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Directions

Dough [skip if using premade dough]
  1. Pour warm water into a small bowl; stir in honey until dissolved. Add the yeast, stirring until dissolved. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add yeast mixture and olive oil; stir well to combine. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  4. Punch down the risen dough on a floured surface. Divide into two equal portions. Allow the dough to relax for a minute, then roll each portion out into a thin circle. Place on lightly oiled pizza pans. 
Peanut Sauce [skip if using premade sauce]
  
Whisk peanut butter, rice vinegar, and soy sauce until combined. Add chili oil, ginger, and honey; whisk until smooth. [If whisking doesn't give the consistency you desire you could use a food processor too]. 

Pizza 
In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, sesame seeds, paprika, salt, and 3 tablespoons of the peanut sauce. Mix until the chicken is evenly coated. Spread the remaining peanut sauce evenly over pizza dough. Top with chicken, green onions, cheese, and crushed peanuts.  

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Garnish with carrots and cilantro.

Enjoy!

Note: For added spice, chop one red chili pepper and combine with chicken and peanut sauce. 
I know that was a lot so please leave a comment if you have a question!

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