I make pizza more times than not when entertaining, so I’m always looking for a new type to make. Cut to my husband and I sitting on the floor in the kitchen, me reading out the list of pizzas on California Pizza Kitchen’s menu. I saw Thai and read out the toppings – he wasn’t feeling it. He wanted meat lovers. Natch. Sometimes its worth it to be the one who cooks in the couple; you don’t have to compromise because if you don’t cook, no one eats. Plus a Cliff bar pizza wouldn’t be very good.
It was easy to buy the toppings – bean sprouts and shredded carrots are both cheap and readily available at any grocery store. Same with scallions (also called green onions). The assembly was a cinch and even though the sauce is homemade, if you can measure and whisk you’re in good shape. Cilantro is also called Chinese parsley and I recommend loading up your pizza with it – its citrusy and fresh and makes this pizza a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
You can buy your dough at most grocery stores (Trader Joe’s sells it for 99 cents), or make it using the “Best Pizza Dough Ever” recipe on my site (or your fave version). Pizza stones make a HUGE difference and are definitely worth the purchase. If you want to healthify this, use whole wheat dough and just a very small amount of cheese – the rest of the ingredients are guilt free!
Thai Chicken Pizza
Thai Peanut Sesame Sauce
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 c. peanut butter
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 c. water or chicken broth
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 -2 lg. garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 c. sliced scallions
1 lb. pizza dough, white or whole wheat
Sauce (recipe above)
1/2-3/4 c. grated lowfat mozzarella
1 – 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 c. bean sprouts
1/2 c. shredded or grated carrots
1/4 c. sliced scallions
1/4 c. chopped cilantro leaves
1. To make sauce, whisk together the first seven ingredients until completely smooth. Add garlic, ginger, and scallions and mix until combined.
2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees and set pizza stone in middle rack. Let preheat at least 1/2 hour.
3. Roll out pizza dough on parchment paper to desired thickness.
4. Spread dough with a liberal amount of peanut sauce (making sure to reserve at least 1/4 c.).
5. Add chicken and cheese. Top with bean sprouts and carrots.
6. Transfer pizza (still on parchment) to pizza stone using a cutting board or pizza peal. Bake for about ten-14 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and turned golden.
7. Remove from oven onto cutting board and discard parchment. Top with reserved peanut sauce, scallions and cilantro. Slice and serve.
omggg Thai Pizzaaa!