Friday, July 9, 2010


time to put a new spin on pizza night! not that there is anything wrong with the traditional pepperoni and cheese pizza, but this colorful masterpiece is a crowd pleaser. the sweet and spicy bbq sauce combined with the verdant flavor of the cilantro simply belong on a crispy, chewy crust. whether this dish only comes out for the big game, or it becomes a friday night staple in your household, keep this delicious recipe handy!

1 prepared fresh pizza dough
1 tbs cornmeal
3 tbs chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 cup BBQ (of your choice)
1 tbs hot sauce (such as Frank's Redhot)
1 chicken breast, cooked and sliced thin
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbs parmesan cheese
1/4 of a small red onion, sliced thin

-sprinkle corn meal on a 15x10 inch baking pan
-spread pizza dough out on pan
-mix chopped cilantro with hot sauce and bbq, spread on pizza dough
-sprinkle cheeses on top of pizza, and top with chicken and onions
-place in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until cheese is browned and dough becomes crusty and golden brown
-let cool, sprinkle extra chopped cilantro on pizza
-cut and enjoy!

this pizza recipe is all thanks to my dear friend Dave- the guy who convinced me chicken on a pizza was a fabulous idea!

-you can skip the cornmeal dusting, however it certainly makes the pizza taste and look more like a pizzeria pie
-raw red onions a little too strong for you? try using a raw sweet onion or caramelized onions
-try the pizza with a tangy provolone cheese, smoked mozzarella, or Gouda cheese instead
-for the cilantro haters; use parsley
-lots of grocery stores now sell fresh pizza dough; check in the refrigerated or deli section. try great flavored doughs like spinach, sun dried tomato, whole wheat, olive oil and rosemary, or anything else that sounds good!
-add some health benefits to the pizza and put some veggies on it: chopped spinach, bell peppers, and mushrooms
-sprinkle some crumbled bacon on it, because bacon makes everything better!

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