Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza - Made your own way!

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza (iphone photo)

For Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to make pizza... If you haven't made pizza before, it's a really fun thing to do with another person and it's super easy! The best thing about making pizza is you can choose whatever you want as your toppings and each person can individualize it to their liking!

As for me, I decided to make one of my favorite pizzas - BBQ chicken pizza.

So what do I need? 1 Chicken Breast, KC BBQ sauce, sweet onions, cheese and ... pita bread! Why pita bread? Pita bread saves you time from making dough and even saves you time from rolling pre-made dough bought from Trader Joes. Pita bread also toasts very well in the oven and gives you this extraordinary crunch with every bite. So, make your life easy and buy pita bread, and make it healthy with whole wheat pita! :)

Before you do anything, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Slice half of an onion and cut it in pieces and then halves (sort of look like half smiles)

Now, cut the chicken in cube-like pieces -- the chicken breast is usually pretty thick, so to save cooking time, I slice the chicken breast in half and then cut into cube-like pieces. Now you can cook the chicken in a hot pan. Since I will marinate the chicken with KC BBQ sauce later, I lightly season it with salt. Depending on the thickness of your chicken chunks, cook it for 3-5 minutes on each side or until the meat's white inside. When done, put the chicken in a bowl and marinate with the KC BBQ sauce.

While you are cooking each side of the chicken pieces, you can start preparing the pita. Place the pita on a cookie sheet and coat one side of the pita with BBQ sauce (spread it over the pita). Place some onion halves, cheese and the mixture of marinated bbq chicken on top of the pita. Add more cheese if you like. Then place the cookie sheet in the oven and cook until the cheese is melted (less than 10 minutes, but keep an eye on it since your oven may differ from mine)... Let the pizza cool, then eat!

The entire process will take you less than 30 minutes -- you can't beat that!

Topping Alternatives:

In lieu of cooking chicken, you can substitute it with rotisserie chicken meat (shred a few pieces). And of course you can use other types of meat such as spicy sausage or pepperoni.

In lieu of BBQ sauce, you can buy pizza sauce/spaghetti sauce/tomato paste and use that for the pizza base.

Ah, cheese - I didn't mention which cheese I used - I used what I had -- Parmesean, but feel free to add mozzarella, asiago, romano, or provolone. OR, make it taste better and mix all of them together (however, if on a budget, just one of them is sufficient -- it just won't be as cheesy)

and last, instead of onions, you can add all sorts of other vegetables - mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, etc. However, just be mindful not to use too many vegetables because as it cooks in the oven, the vegetables will release some water which can and will dampen the bread. So be creative, but smart, especially if you want a crunchy pizza!

If you can't decide what type of pizza you want, take a look at a pizza menu from your local pizza parlor, Dominoes or Pizza Hut!

Well, that's all folks - homemade BBQ pizza that can be a fun night for you and your significant other, or with your friends!

So happy eating!

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