By now you probably have realized that I can turn almost anything into a pizza. To me, a circle of dough is just the perfect blank slate for almost any flavors, and what better way to get the food from your plate to your mouth? ;-)
This pizza was inspired by a recipe I saw for Asian Chicken Salad -- the flavors looked yummy, and so did all those fresh veggies, but my husband and teenage sons don't ever consider salad to be dinner. The funny thing is, I can load all those same ingredients on top of a pizza dough and there you have dinner. Silly boys.
Asian Barbecue Chicken Pizza
serves 4 to 6
2 boneless chicken breasts
2 T. olive oil
2T. soy sauce
1 T. honey
2 t. oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. minced fresh ginger
1/4 c. diced red onion
1/3 c. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 T. rice vinegar
2 T. ketchup
1/2 t. sesame oil
1 bag cabbage slaw mix
1 red pepper, thinly sliced (or combination of red and yellow)
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks or shredded
1/4 c. seasoned rice vinegar
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. honey
salt and pepper to taste
1 recipe pizza dough (or prepared pizza crust)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix 2 T. soy sauce, olive oil and honey. Pour over chicken breasts and marinate for an hour or more in the refrigerator.
Prepare sauce: In a small saucepan, heat oil. Add garlic, ginger and onion and saute over medium low for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer over medium low heat until thickened, about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly.
When ready to prepare pizza, heat outdoor grill or grill pan. Cook chicken over medium low heat until done. Set aside to cool a minute.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Prep pizza dough: grease large pizza pan. Spread dough to edges of pan (see technique here).
Slice chicken into bite size pieces.
Spread sauce over dough and then top with chicken pieces.
Top evenly with cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is golden and crust is evenly browned on the bottom.
Meanwhile, place cabbage, radishes, carrots and peppers in bowl. Mix together vinegar, sesame oil, and honey in a container with a lid. Shake thoroughly and pour over salad. Salt and pepper and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning and sweetness if necessary. Toss occasionally while pizza bakes.
When pizza is done, remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes. Slice and serve, topped with salad.