I made a huge buffalo chicken pizza for myself last night and I don’t even feel guilty.
It’s not my fault though. One day last week I posed the question “What should I make for dinner tonight?” on my Facebook wall. I noted that all I really had on hand were frozen chicken wings, frozen shrimp, cheese, and chocolate (I’ve always considered the last two staples like rice and eggs). Well my friend Regina was the first to reply “Buffalo wings!”. I thought that was a great idea since I had probably not made buffalo wings in years. Then I realized that neither my stomach nor I had the patience to defrost the frozen wings, but that shrimp would defrost quite quickly. So that night I enjoyed shrimp and pasta in a parmesan and asiago creamy sauce. YUM! I also decided that I needed to take Regina’s advice, but instead of wings I would try a buffalo chicken pizza. So you see the blame lies at Regina’s feet.
This is such a quick and easy weeknight dinner if you use store-bought frozen pizza dough or the flatbread kind. It was my plan to make a quick and easy pizza but the three supermarkets I went in looking for frozen pizza dough did not want to cooperate. Foiled again! I turned to my trusted Martha Stewart cook book and found a great recipe for pizza dough. Once the dough was formed, I did have to let it rest for an hour so the yeast could do its magic, but all in all it was worth the wait. If you do make your own dough, the chicken can be prepared during the last 30 minutes of the dough’s wait time, or you may choose to languish in a hot bath, read a few chapters in the new James Patterson book. Perhaps catch up on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Oh my goodness! Did you see the showdown between Kyle and Kim?!! I know!
Back to the pizza. This is basically blue cheese dressing slathered on dough, chicken cooked in hot sauce slathered on top of that and cheesy goodness. If this doesn’t sound delicious to you, then you and I are cut from a different cloth. Now you know why I don’t return your text messages. To be my friend, you must love dogs, chocolate, and slathering things (mainly food) upon other things (can also be food). If you’re wondering what the R.V. (resident vegetarian) ate, I whipped him up his very own barbecue “chicken” pizza with this meatless pulled chicken substitute. Kinda scary but also pretty cool. Anyway, get to slathering and enjoy!
For pizza dough (adapted from Martha Stewart Living Annual Recipes 2003)
Yields: One 15-inch pie
- 1 envelope active dry yeast (about 1 tablespoon)
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing on pizza crust
- Non-stick cooking spray is using a metal pizza pan
- Place warm water in a small bowl and sprinkle yeast into water. Let it stand for about 5 minutes until it gets foamy.
- Combine flour, salt, yeast mixture and olive oil in a food processor. Process until dough just comes together.
- Turn dough out onto floured surface and lightly knead for about 1 minute
- Shape dough into a ball and place in lightly oiled bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Lightly punch down dough and stretch out to fit 15″ pizza pan. If dough is not easy to stretch, you can lightly roll it out with a rolling pin. Do not over work dough as it may become tough.
- Spray pizza pan with non-stick spray and place dough in pan. If the dough is hanging over the edges of pan, fold dough over to create a crust.
total time: 25 mins.
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
- 1/2 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
- 5 tablespoons buffalo wing sauce like Frank’s Red Hot Wings Buffalo Sauce
- 3 oz blue cheese dressing
- 8 oz Mozarella cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes and season with salt and pepper.
- Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
- Saute onions for a minute.
- Add chicken and garlic.
- Cook chicken for about 4 minute, stirring occasionally.
- Add hot sauce and cook for another minute. Remove from heat.
- Spread blue cheese dressing onto uncooked pizza dough, leaving a 1/4 inch border.
- Next, spread the chicken mixture over the dressing and top with cheese.
- Brush olive oil on pizza edges.
- Place pizza on bottom rack in oven
- Bake for 15 minutes or until dough is crisp and cheese is bubbling.