Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chicken pizza with olives and pepper

Last night I’d a craving for potato fries. No, it was not only fries but something else along with it. How about a little sin on weekend! Eat everything, but moderately is the secret to happiness is what I believe in, that too on weekend you definitely have an excuse.

I wanted a pizza- cheesy, with chicken olive toppings. A quick search through the available ingredients confirmed that I can manage to make pizza for myself at the comfort of my kitchen. I wouldn’t claim that it is a perfect pizza, but I can assure you will be surprised on how much you love to relish your efforts. Potato fries made from scratch turned out little bit soggy, so the recipe will be coming once I perfect it until then enjoy Pizza!

When you prepare pizza from scratch at home the good thing is you always have the control on what’s going in it. But it is absolutely fine to go for store bought pizza base while you are in hurry as dough rising takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to double in its size.

Yummy, aromatic, cheesy Chicken Pizza has green bell pepper, tomato and olive toppings. You can substitute chicken with mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, red bell pepper or sundried tomatoes or anything of your choice. Paprika is the only ingredient going in for seasoning of my chicken pizza, you can substitute with dried oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary. 


For pizza base

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 sachet of instant rising yeast (1 teaspoon)
 2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sugar
1 ½ tsp salt

 For Pizza

4-5 tbsp pizza sauce
½ cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp paprika powder
1 small green bell pepper, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
½ chicken breast, cut into strips
Olives, sliced


Step 1: Take a mixing bowl, add flour, salt and mix. Make a well in the center and pour water, add yeast, sugar and oil, let stand for 2-3 minutes. Knead the dough until it comes together, dough is sticky at this stage. Brush with oil and cover with damp kitchen towel, allow it to rise for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size. Use dough hook to knead if you are using stand mixer.

Step 2: Punch the dough back and bring it on to the floured surface, knead for a couple of minutes.

Step 3: Spread over the dough gently onto the pizza baking pan using your fingers. Oil your fingers if necessary.

Step 4: Saute chicken with 2 pinches salt, few drops oil, and pinch of black pepper powder in sauce pan for a minute.

Step 5: Spread over pizza sauce leaving edges, be generous. Spread mozzarella cheese. Top it with chicken, olives, bell pepper, and tomato. Sprinkle paprika.

Step 6:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 15 minutes or until crust turn to golden brown. Remove the pan and check for doneness, slice and enjoy!