thai chicken pizza

Saturday, March 23, 2013 |
Once a year my extended friend group gathers for a pizza-making competition.  It’s a great party idea for a large group – each guest (or couple) makes a pizza at home and brings it to the host’s house, and then you sample them all and decide on a winner.  The host doesn’t have to do a huge amount of food prep, and everyone is happy and full at the end of the night.  This year we added a blind beer tasting, too, and that was a big hit with the guys in the group. 

thai chicken pizza

I’ve participated for the last three years, and have been runner-up each time.  I really thought my pizza might win this year, but alas… I lost to a prosciutto, artichoke heart and caper concoction (which was really delicious!).  In any case, this Thai Chicken Pizza recipe is a keeper, and I plan to make this nontraditional pizza for years to come.

Thai Chicken Pizza (modified from this A Bitchin’ Kitchen recipe)


INGREDIENTS

1 thin pizza crust (pre-baked pizza crusts can usually be found near the bread or bagels in your grocery store)
1 tablespoon red curry chili paste
1/4 cup peanut sauce
1 1/2 cup cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped peanuts


DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.   Remove pizza crust from packaging and place on pizza pan/stone/baking tray.  Spread red curry chili paste on the crust, followed by the peanut sauce, leaving 1/2 inch around the sides.  Next, arrange the chicken on top of the sauces and cover with mozzarella. 


Lower the oven temperature to 425 degrees F and place pizza on the bottom rack.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, until cheese is melted (but not browned).  Remove from oven and top with bell pepper, onions, cilantro and chopped peanuts.   Cut into squares and serve.

Note: I like to marinate the chicken in either peanut sauce or mayonnaise mixed with the red curry paste.  Then I grill it, shred it, and it’s ready for either this pizza or a quick pad thai!


Recommended for: a quick, colorful and delicious lunch or dinner entrée, and the perfect dish for that adventurous pizza eater in your family.

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18 comments:

jama said...

Yum! I am so craving homemade pizza. This would make a nice change from the usual Italian type toppings.

Heather said...

great combination of flavors. I would definitely enjoy this one.

Janel Gradowski said...

I've had Thai pizza at a restaurant, but never tried making it myself. The pizza party sounds like such a fun way to spend the evening with friends.

JoAnn said...

What an excellent party idea!! Hope you don't mind if I borrow it :-)

caite said...

All those different pizzas...I might never go home.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

That is such a fun idea, it would have been great for our annual neighborhood party.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

A. It looks and sounds amazing.
B. You have some kick butt friends. What fun!

Esme said...

that pizza looks delicious.

Peggy Ann said...

Very interesting! Not too sure my husband would eat it though:(

Peaceful Reader said...

This pizza looks delicious. I made homemade pizza this week also for lunch with a friend. Making the crust is quite easy...

Rikki said...

What a fun idea for a meal among friends! Love it!

Beth F said...

What a fun idea for a party! Yours looks great.

Les said...

This looks fabulous! Wonder if I can cool it down. My husband isn't a fan of spicy, hot dishes.

Jess said...

That looks so good I need to expand my pizza flavors. It looks just like a pizza from CPK.

carol said...

Looks delicious and I love the idea of the pizza competition!

Liviania said...

I'll keep this in mind, since I don't eat tomato sauce, but the secret to a good pizza is homemade crust. (And the secret to the crust is happy yeast.)

Ryan said...

That just looks amazing...

Melinda said...

This looks delicious!! My colleague was standing here while I read this, and now wants me to send him the link :)

I'm going to try and make this :)

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