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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wingless Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Here is the recipe from the Food Network website. I saw this on Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals and thought it looked great, and if it can be made in less than 30 minutes, it's so for me. Of course, I made some minor changes to it.

3/4 pound chicken breast cutlets
extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
2 teaspoons grill seasoning
1 pizza dough, store bought or from your favorite pizzeria
cornmeal or flour, to handle dough
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
2-3 tablespoons hot sauce, medium to spicy heat
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack CHeese, a few generous handfuls
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
3 scallions, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 425°. Preheat grill pan to high.

Place chicken on a plate and drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over the chicken then season with grill seasoning. When grill is hot, add chicken and cook about 3 minutes on each side.

Stretch dough to form pizza using cornmeal or flour to help you handle it. If you let it rest and warm up a few minutes it will handle even easier. Set pizza pan to the side and clean board.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter and stir in Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and tomato sauce.

Remove chicken from the grill and thinly slice it. Add chicken to sauce and coat. Cover the pizza dough with the saucy buffalo chicken, cheeses, and scallions. Bake 18 minutes or until crisp.

My thoughts: I actually made quite a few changes. My oven was set to 450° because that is what my dough recipe called for. Since I didn't use a pre-made dough, I thought it would be best to use those directions. I also don't have a grill pan. I cooked the chicken in a regular skillet. I bought chicken breast tenders, which are tiny little strips of chicken that cook up quickly. It also made for less cutting, since they were already thin. It does help to let the dough rest if it won't stretch how you want it. I mixed my sauce in a sauce pan and added the chicken to that. I had an issue with the scallions. I didn't know that scallions are the same as green onions. I called my Nanny and she told me that they were different, which is what I thought too, but we were both thinking of something else. I got frustrated at the store and decided the pizza would be fine without the scallions, which it was. I baked for 20 minutes, and it was great. I will definitely make this one again. For pictures of this pizza, see my previous post. They are towards the bottom.

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