Thai Chicken Pizza

I love pizza.

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If you don’t, you’re totally weird. I mean, we can still be friends and all, but come on, no pizza?!

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Maybe I could sway you with this creation. It’s definitely pizza because it’s a bunch of delicious ingredients baked on a crust (and I’m quite sure that’s the only existing pizza parameters). But it’s also Thai food, and everyone likes Thai food. (If you don’t like Thai food or pizza, something’s wrong… I mean that.) This dish is pretty much a combination of two of the best food groups out there.

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Thai Chicken Pizzas seem to be popping up on fancy pizza menus everywhere, and with good reason. They’re healthy (look at all those veggies!), have protein (chicken + peanut butter = tons of protein) and are soooo pretty (ooooohh, colors!). A readymade crust makes it easy to put this together for a weeknight dinner. With all the deliciousness piled on top, this was definitely satisfying for a small group.

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To all the pizza lovers out there (holler): I think you’ll be super pumped about this dinner. And to the pizza haters (really, who are you?!): you don’t know it yet, but I’ve just made a convert out of you. You’re welcome :).

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Recipe

Prep time: 1 hour 15 minutes (mostly idle): Bake time: 10 minutes

Thai Chicken

  • ½ lbs chicken breast
  • 1 tbs creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground garlic

Thai Sauce

  • 3 tbs creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 ½ tsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground garlic
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Water to thin, if necessary

Pizza

  • 1 Pizza Crust, prepared (I used Rustic Crust, but you can use whatever kind you’d like!)
  • ½ to ¾ cup mozzarella, freshly grated
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup shredded red cabbage
  • ¼ cup green onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 1 tbs red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Thai chicken, prepared (see above)
  • Thai peanut sauce, prepared and divided (see above)

For the chicken:

Whisk together all of the ingredients. Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the marinade over the chicken. Let sit for at least an hour.

Heat a sauté pan over medium heat, and add a little oil to the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken and call the marinade to the pan and sauté until cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove the pan from heat and, in the pan, shred the chicken, making sure to coat the chicken with as much marinade deliciousness as possible. Set aside.

For the Thai Peanut Sauce:

Simply whisk all the ingredients together until thoroughly combined. You want to be able to spread this over your crust and drizzle it over the pizza at the end, so add water in small amounts if it seems too thick!

Pizza assembly:

Preheat your oven to 400 ° F. Spread about half of the thai peanut sauce over you crust. Sprinkle ½ cups mozzarella over the sauce. Evenly distribute the chicken, then the carrots, cabbage, and green onions over the crust. Do the same with peanuts and, finally, the red pepper flakes. Place in oven for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges of the crust are slightly browned. Remove and drizzle the remaining thai peanut sauce over the pizza.

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