Monday, April 2, 2012

Thai Chicken Pizza

I have had pizza on the brain lately. I was walking around the store on Saturday and randomly decided to make some kind of Thai pizza. I decided to use my peanut sauce as a base and incorporate some yummy fresh veggies. I have had variations of this at restaurants so I wanted to put my own spin on it while keeping it light and fresh.

I debated various Asian-inspired toppings, and settled on some chicken breast, with a little bit of mozzarella, carrots, green onions and cilantro. I topped it off with some crunch bean sprouts. I was so happy with the result. The peanut sauce is really flavorful and adds so much to the pizza. As always, I got my oven really really hot, 500 degrees, which allows you to get a really crispy crust. I spent some time with a rolling pin getting the crust uniform and super thin. The result was a tangy, crispy and filling treat that was pretty simple to make. I think I might try this again with different veggies, maybe pepper and snow peas.

Read more for the full recipe!

8oz whole wheat pizza dough
whole wheat flour (for rolling)
1 cup Peanut Sauce (see below)
1.5 cups shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cut into 1" slices
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
2 green onions, washed and sliced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, washed and chopped
1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts

Peanut Sauce:
1/2 cup natural, low-sodium peanut butter
2 garlic cloves
1" piece of fresh ginger, peeled
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, washed
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
juice of 1/2 lime

Put all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Makes approximately 1 cup of peanut sauce

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
2. On a floured surface, roll dough out until you have reached desired size and even thickness
3. Using a spatula, spread peanut sauce in a thin, even layer across the dough
4. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly across the top
5. Spread chopped chicken and carrots in an even layer
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until cheese bubbles and crust starts to brown
7. Sprinkle green onions, cilantro and bean sprouts on top
8. Bake for another 3-4 minutes
9. Cool and slice

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At April 2, 2012 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Jaime Verk - Perez said...

Love this idea! Buzzed.

At April 2, 2012 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Balvinder Ubi said...

I was alone for dinner and was deciding what to eat. Now I am going to pull my GF pizza shell from freezer and make this Thai chicken Pizza.

At April 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I love putting sauces other than tomato on pizza (although I like tomato, too!). Recently I've made a couple of pizzas with pesto sauce - once I like something, I tend to stick with it. I love your idea of putting a peanut sauce on it, though - sounds delicious and very unique! A few questions for you when you have a chance - do you think another fresh herb would work instead of cilantro? Maybe basil? And can you recommend a substitution for fish sauce? I really don't like seafood :( One last thing - do you make your own whole wheat pizza crust, or do you use pre-made dough?

At April 3, 2012 at 3:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen. Yum!

At April 3, 2012 at 7:46 AM , Blogger Tina said...

I have never had anything like this for pizza, but clearly I have been missing out. Great blend of flavors here, especially that peanut sauce. Would have loved to share that pizza with you. Delicious post!

At April 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Dara Reppucci said...

I bought frozen pizza dough and defrosted it then rolled it out. I enjoy making my own, but sometimes you just don't have the time.

As far as the peanut sauce - fish sauce is an Asian condiment that doesn't actually taste like fish - its adds a salty unami type taste to things - they sell vegetarian versions at Asian food stores that don't have any fish in them. If you don't want to add cilantro I would forgo it totally. Perhaps some Thai basil if you can find it, but otherwise skip the herbs. There are plenty of other flavors.

At April 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM , Blogger lacyd said...

I've never seen a thai style pizza before! This sounds delicious! I love the peanut sauce, I'm sure peppers & snow peas would even be great with this version as well! Looks fantastic!
-Lacy @

At April 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM , Blogger Suzi said...

Now this is an interesting pizza. Very creative and your photos are delicious. I be this was really tasty.

At April 4, 2012 at 12:16 AM , Blogger DeniseB said...

I often order a thai pizza when I go out. Thanks for the inspiration to make it at home! Sounds great.

At April 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Grubarazzi said...

Ohhhh. wow! I would love this! Thanks for sharing.

At April 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM , Blogger Pola M said...

Wow that pizza looks yummy! I'd love to try some!

At April 5, 2012 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks for answering all of my questions! I had no idea that fish sauce doesn't actually taste like fish - very good to know.

At April 9, 2012 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Baker Street said...

This is my kinda pizza! Looks absolutely fantastic.

At April 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow this looks GOOD! And I thought I was being creative with my "stinky-goodness-pizza":

At April 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Nizz said...

I love veggies pizza! This one looks great ;)


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