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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Since I had made pizza at my inlaws’ house on Monday night, I had an extra pizza dough here to use this week. I get it from Fresh and Easy and it really tastes homemade. I decided to go with BBQ Chicken Pizza because it has been a long time since I made it last and I am much better at making pizzas now than I was the last time I made it.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

2 Chicken breast halves
1/4 bell pepper, sliced thin
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar/jack cheese mix
3/4 cup barbecue sauce of your choice
1 ball pizza dough

Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally so they cook faster on the grill. Drizzle with a little oil to prevent sticking, and then sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning. (Salt and Pepper would work for this step as well.) Grill the chicken until cooked through (Mine takes about 15 minutes on medium heat, flipping halfway through)

While the chicken is cooking, slice the vegetables and get everything ready on a board to take out to the grill.
Once the chicken is off the grill, turn it back up to high and clean off the excess spices from the chicken. Just before you put the dough on, turn the heat down to medium. Dice the chicken and mix it with a tablespoon or two of BBQ sauce to prevent it from drying out.

Roll out the dough and brush one side lightly with oil. This will stop it from sticking to the grates. Flip it on to the grill and let it cook until it is golden in color. This will not take very long, around 2-5 minutes depending on your grill. Brush the top side with lightly with oil and flip the dough over. Working relatively quickly, put some BBQ sauce on the pizza, then layer on the cheese, diced chicken, peppers, onions, and cilantro. Turn the heat to low and close the lid of the grill. Let the cheese melt and the vegetables become tender. They won’t cook completely because there is no heat source on the top. This works out fine for us because we don’t like to have cooked veggies on top of our pizza.

To get the dough turned over and also off the grill, we use a big pair of grilling tongs. They work pretty well in conjunction with a big grilling spatula.

Here is the finished product:

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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Salad Swords and Chicken Pizzas

I made some awesome pizza and salad for dinner tonight! My friends all loved it and thought it was pretty creative. I got the recipes from my Rachael Ray 2,4,6,8 Great Meals for Couples and Crowds cookbook. A word of warning tho: The skewers will most likely be used as swords for most of the dinner! XD

Salad on a Stick
Serves 4

1/2 cup Heavy Cream (some 2% milk to thin it out)
1 5.2oz container of garlic and herb cheese (I used Boursin)
Salt and Pepper
1 green or red bell pepper, cubed
1 english cucumber, cubed
1/2 pint grape tomatoes
4 ribs of celery, cut into 1inch pieces
2 1-inch thick pieces of Genoa salami, cubed
4 wooden skewers (one per person)

Blend together the cream and boursin cheese. Pour into dipping dish and season the dressing with salt and pepper. (if necessary, thin the dressing with some milk – I needed to so that it would be the consistency of Ranch dressing) Place the dip on the platter. Arrange the veggies and salami on the platter with 4 bamboo skewers. Use the skewers to spear the salami and veggies, stacking them up one mouthful at a time. Dip each skewer in the dressing as you eat, but don’t double dip, please!

Chicken Parm Pizza
Serves 4

Flour or cornmeal for handling the dough
1 pizza dough, store bought or from your favorite pizzeria (I got mine from Fresh&Easy)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 pound ground chicken ( I bought 20oz of Ground Turkey because it was the same price for more at the store – this allowed me to make 2 pizzas)
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and black pepper
Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
A couple pinches of red pepper flakes
A couple pinches of dried oregano
1 8oz can tomato sauce (I used a 15oz can + an 8oz can in mine)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Provolone cheese (I bought already grated mozzarella cheese – 4 cups and used about 3)
5-6 fresh basil leaves, torn

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Coat your hands and the work surface in flour or cornmeal. Using your hands, form a pizza shape with the dough. Place the pizza on a pizza baking tray and prick the dough with a fork in several spots. Drizzle a little bit of EVOO over the dough and place in the oven for 10 minutes. (I put it on the back side of a cookie sheet and baked it on that so it would be easy to slide off)

Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet over medium high heat with the 2 tablespoons of EVOO. Add the meat and brown it, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. To the browned meat, add the garlic and onions and season them with salt and pepper. Cook them together for 5-6 minutes, then add the parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano, and tomato sauce. Heat the sauce through.

Remove the pizza from the oven after 10 minutes and top it with the meat sauce and then scatter the cheeses over it. Return it to the oven until the cheese is bubbly, another 10 minutes or so. Top the pizza with shredded basil, cut and serve.

PICS!!

I hope you guys try this one. It is pretty easy and ohh so tasty!

Bonus Pic of the cherry cupcakes I made for a friend of Carter’s:

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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