Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wingless Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Some nights, (like last Tuesday night) I just really don't feel like spending a lot of time on dinner, and this is one of my go-to fast dinners I started making back in 2009.  It's not quite a "30 minute meal" in my opinion, but it is brought to you by Rachael Ray, and if you've made many of her recipes you're probably already aware of the fact that her 30 minutes exist in an alternate universe where ingredients are prepared and messes are cleaned up by invisible people.  There are no commercial breaks in real life, not in mine anyway. 

To speed up the preparation process and turn this recipe into a legitimate 30 minute meal, use pre-cooked chicken strips (like THESE) or use leftover chicken from a previous night's dinner.  Also, I use Whole Wheat Boboli prepared pizza crust.  The sauce on this pizza tastes just like a buffalo wing sauce, and it's so easy to adjust the heat.  Prepare a green salad while the pizza cooks, and dinner is ready to eat...and you get to keep the tip in your piggy bank and Pizza Hut gets to hang on to one more cardboard box. 
What You Need: 
  • 3/4 pound chicken breast cutlets
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoons grill seasoning, (recommended: McCormick Montreal Seasoning) eyeball it
  • 1 pizza dough, store bought or from your favorite pizzeria (I use Whole Wheat Boboli)
  • Cornmeal or flour, to handle dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot sauce, medium to spicy heat (2 are plenty for us!)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, a few generous handfuls
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
What You Do: 
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Preheat grill pan to high.
  2. Place chicken on a plate and drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over the chicken then season with grill seasoning. When grill is hot, add chicken and cook about 3 minutes on each side.
  3. Stretch dough to form pizza using cornmeal or flour to help you handle it. If you let it rest and warm up a few minutes it will handle even easier. Set pizza on pizza pan to the side and clean board.
  4. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter and stir in Worcestershire, hot sauce, and tomato sauce.
  5. Remove the chicken from grill and thinly slice it. Add chicken to sauce and coat. Cover the pizza dough with the saucy Buffalo chicken, cheeses, and scallions. Bake 18 minutes or until crisp.

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