Saturday, February 12, 2011

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cilantro & Cheddar

Technically, I should be studying before I flunk out of real estate school. So what am I doing? Procrastinating of course, but you’ll forgive me because I’m sharing this cheesy gooey tasty pizza recipe instead.

Someone please kick my backside into gear and tell me to go cram. Where’s a good drill sergeant when I need one?

Obviously not here. If one was, they’d be raiding my refrigerator for leftover pizza right now.

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cilantro & Cheddar
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Cilantro adds color and bright flavor to this saucy pizza.

1 (12 to 14 inch) pizza dough, below

1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
1/3 cup onion slivers

2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, to taste

Red pepper flakes
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Coarse cornmeal (polenta) for pizza pan

1. Heat up the grill to hot and close the lid.

2. Meanwhile brush a 12 inch pizza pan very lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Stretch and roll the dough and place on the pan. Brush top of dough lightly with olive oil.

3. Spoon barbecue sauce around the dough and sprinkle top with mozzarella. Top with shredded chicken, onions, cilantro and cheddar. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

4. Set pizza pan on the grill and close the lid. Turn grill to medium high and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until done. Turn to medium heat for a thicker crust pizza and cook longer. Transfer onto a cookie sheet with tongs.

6. Drizzle with more barbecue sauce if desired and cut into wedges.

Helpful hint: If the top of your pizza ever cooks faster than the bottom crust you can shimmy the pizza directly onto the grill and char until done to your liking.

Pizza Dough
Makes enough dough for two medium to large pizzas.

1 cup warm (110 degrees F) water
1 (1/4-ounce) envelope (or 2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup bread flour
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

1. In a stand mixer bowl add the water, yeast, and honey and let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Add the flours, olive oil, and salt and mix with the dough hook until well kneaded. Remove the dough and knead by hand for another few minutes.

2. Oil a large bowl. Remove the dough from the stand mixer and knead on a clean surface for two more minutes. Place the dough in the oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes until doubled in volume.

Recipes & photograph by Laura Flowers.


Pink Little Cake said...

Oh, Laura, I can almost taste this pizza. I love cilantro, in Costa Rica we use it with almost all our food, I can imagine the delicious smell of this pizza.

*Just Fran* said...

Hubs loves barbecue chicken anything. Cilantro only makes this better. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

What a delicious change from the sausage pizza I usually make, and I love cooking it on the BBQ. Getting the toppings cooked while not burning the bottom has been the tricky part for me.

Joanne said...

welcome to my world. I am currently procrastinating studying endocrinology. It's awesome.

Joanne said...

And I also meant to say...before I got distracted by the fact that I SHOULD be studying. That this pizza is the ultimate. I'll need it for a late night snack when I'm...FINALLY...getting my butt in gear.

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

I love BBQ Chicken Pizza and the addition of cilantro sounds heavenly! Makes me want a slice or three right now :o)

Meg Luby said...

i am not much of a cilantro person but, this looks yumtastic!

The Atwoods said...

This look amazing! And I would be a drill sergeant and holler at you for not studying, but food is just so much better than homework! ;)

Rhonda said...

Stop procrastinating and study, study, you'll regret it if you don't. Lecture done. The pizza looks was warm enough for using your grill....I'm jealous.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Rhonda it is not warm. It is rarely warm this high up north, but there is no season on grilling. Even if I have to wear my snow pants.

Thanks for the backside kicking. It helps.


Caroline said...

I make something very similar that my hubby loves - we actually had it for dinner last night. Instead of the mozzarella and cheddar mix you make, we use smoked gouda, mozzarella and fresh grated parmesan. Yum! I've never tried grilling a pizza before, maybe I'll have to convice the hubby to give it a try!

Unknown said...

That looks delish.

Mads said...

I love BBQ pizza. Sometimes I add beans and corn (especially if I'm making a vegetarian pizza) and sometimes I add bell peppers.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Mads those are great ideas! I'll be trying them all. Thanks!


singh from dominos india said...

Oh My meaty goodness! LOL. Cant wait to try this one :)

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