Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Trisha Yearwood's Chicken Pizza
I'm going to go ahead and come clean right now. Warning: This pizza is made with two cans of premade pizza crust dough! (Gasp) From time to time I still buy these products because they allow me to get a tasty dinner on the table in a hurry. Don't let the cans of premade pizza dough distract you though, this was one delicious pizza and you could easily add this topping to your favorite homemade pizza crust. The good news is that this pizza is a great way to use up any leftover chicken and it is absolutely delicious. My mom has declared it her new favorite pizza.
The recipe comes from one of my new favorite cookbooks, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood. I love her new book so much. The layout is very much like one of Giada's books, very pretty with lots of gorgeous pictures. I did a cookbook review which can be found HERE. I loved everything I made so much that I picked it up and made Trisha's chicken soup, posted HERE. Still not getting enough of Trisha's book I picked it up yet again and made four new recipes, one of which was this Chicken Pizza. We loved those four recipes, but I have since put the book back on the shelf and lightened things up. Time to crack the whip!
Trisha says "After discovering a delicious chicken pizza on a family beach trip, we decided to create it at home. We love this recipe because it's so different from traditional pizza- not a tomato in sight. Now we can all enjoy it more than once a year!
2 (13.8 oz) cans premade pizza crust dough
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic(I always use more)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 ozs)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (about 8 ozs)
1 bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into strips (I used a yellow bell)
1 red onion, sliced vertically
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, grilled and diced (I used rotisserie)
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
Preheat the oven to 350F. Roll the pizza dough out and fit onto two 15-inch pizza pans. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of garlic on each pizza crust, followed by 1/2 cup each of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar cheese. Scatter half of the bell pepper, sliced onion, chicken, and bacon on top of the cheeses. Sprinkle another 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese over each pizza and drizzle each pizza with 1 tablespoon more of olive oil. Bake the pizzas for 20-25 minutes, or until the crusts are lightly browned. Slice each pizza into 8 pieces.
Notes/Results: This pizza topping is packed with flavor! How can you go wrong with garlic, red onions, chicken, cheese and bacon? All of the cheese made the topping extremely creamy. The pizza was outstanding and really exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this recipe especially if you love pizza. I will definitely make this again.
Thought I would share my favorite Trisha Yearwood song, Walkaway Joe. The video below is old. It was filmed in 1992, back when I was a senior in high school and people still wore high-waisted pants (LOL!) Halfway through the video I noticed that Matthew McConaughey played "Walkaway Joe" in the video. The video must have been shot right before his career went on the rise. He is definitely easy on the eyes ;-) I think all of us ladies can relate to this song in one way or another.
You still have a few more days to join up with the Burger Club Challenge and cook up the Caesar Salad and Flank Steak Burger with Garlic Crostini. If you are interested, please click HERE for the recipe and details.