Thursday, June 30, 2011

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

This is probably the best pizza that my wife and I love to make. It is so easy.
You can buy the dough at Trader Joe's:

Trader Joe's has 2 types of ready made dough available in regular flour and whole wheat.

Whole Foods
makes their ready to eat pizza for takeout. Also, they sell the ready to make dough.
I like their dough because it rolls out easy, flours nicely and makes a nice thin crust. Any dough you buy will have to rolled out with a sprinkle of flour.

The best dough is always homemade.

Ingredients for the barbecued chicken pizza:

2  1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of WARM water
1 tsp. of salt
2 tsp. of oil
 1 packet of yeast ( I like Fleischmann's RapidRise All Natural Yeast ) (link for yeast )
 1/2 cup of sauteed or roasted carmelized onions red onions
1 cup of cooked chicken ( roasted or broiled and seasoned with pepper and salt )
1/2 cup of 4 cheese blend ( Trader Joe's sells a four cheese blend called Quatro Formaggio )
Typically 4 cheese is: Asiago, Fontina, Provolone, and Parmesan cheese blend.
1/2 cup of barbecue sauce ( my wife's favorite: Sweet Baby Ray's)

Dissolve salt in water. Add the yeast. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes. Yeast mixture will become foamy. Add olive oil. Add flour and mix thoroughly. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. Form a round ball. Place it in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it stand on your kitchen counter to rise and double in size for 1 hour.
Place the dough on a lightly floured pizza stone and roll out the dough until you have fully covered the stone. You should be able to make a thin crust.

My daughter LOVES to roll out the dough.
And it's great to get kids to help in the kitchen. Can you say dishes anyone?

With a tablespoon, take the barbecue sauce and spoon the sauce on top of the pizza dough.
Place the four cheese blend on top of the of the sauce. Add chicken to the top of the cheese.
Add the carmelized onions to the chicken.
Place in a preheated 400 degree oven and cook for 10 - 12 minutes until brown, delicious, melted, cheesy.
Here is what this heavenly beauty looks like:

And my wine pick of the day: Young's 2009 Sangiovese
Although this wine is young, (no pun intended) it ages well 3-5 years or more.
 The sangiovese brings out the spice from the barbecue sauce.

Thanks to my wife for cooking with me. And to Young's Winery for some great wines !

As always,
Enjoy with the one you love.

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