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Peppered Chicken Pizza Recipe

Peppered Chicken Pizza Recipe

A homemade crust is topped with tender chicken, barbecue sauce, red pepper flakes and broiled peppers in this crowd-pleasing specialty from Julie DeRuwe. "I like to prepare the vegetables and other toppings in advance so I can easily assemble this pizza for a fast, delicious dinner," says the Oakville, Washington subscriber.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 each medium green, sweet red and yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the flours, oil, sugar and salt until smooth. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • 2. Punch down dough; let stand for 10 minutes. Roll out to a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan coated with cooking spray. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prick with a fork. Bake at 375° for 7 minutes.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic and salt; let stand for 15 minutes. Place peppers and onion on a baking sheet; drizzle with half of the oil mixture. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned; set aside.
  • 4. Toss chicken with pepper flakes and remaining oil mixture; place on a baking sheet. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
  • 5. Arrange vegetables and chicken over crust. Drizzle with barbecue sauce; sprinkle with cheeses. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 20 appetizer servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 168 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 437 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.