Monday, October 1, 2012

Thai Chicken Pizza

I haven't had Thai Chicken Pizza in quite a while. I loved it then. I wasn't really a big fan of this recipe. It reminded me of that recipe I enjoyed so many years ago, but it just wasn't as good. It had a lot of the right flavors but not in the right proportions. The sauce was way too sweet, thick and rich. I even used much less than the recipe called for but it was too much. I cheated a bit and bought deli chicken tenders and the breading was good at absorbing and taming the sauce's overwhelming flavors.  I also discovered that for the first time in how long, I didn't have scallions, so I used thinly sliced onion.  It wasn't horrible, but I don't see us making this particular recipe in the future.  I have a different recipe for a Thai peanut sauce that I think would taste better.  My husband like it better than I did, so maybe I am being a little harsh.

California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken Pizza

Spicy peanut sauce
 
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons minced ginger (or more if you wish)
2 minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Vietnamese chili sauce (or dried chili flakes)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons water
 
Thai chicken pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
 
For the pizza
1 pizza dough, use your own recipe
cornmeal or flour, for handling
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 scallions, slivered diagonally
1/2 cup white bean sprouts
1/4 cup shredded carrot
2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 
  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a small pan over medium heat.
  2. Bring the sauce to a boil; boil gently for one minute.
  3. Divide into 2 portions for use on chicken and pizza; set aside.
  4. To make Thai chicken: Cook the chicken in olive oil over med-high heat, stirring, until just cooked; 5 to 6 minutes do not overcook.
  5. Set aside in refrigerator until chilled through.
  6. Once chilled, coat the chicken with 1/4 cup sauce.
  7. Set aside in refrigerator.
  8. To make the pizza: Use a large spoon to spread 1/4 cup sauce evenly over pizza dough within the rim.
  9. Cover sauce with 3/4 cup cheese.
  10. Distribute half the chicken pieces over the cheese followed by half the green onions, bean sprouts, and carrots, respectively.
  11. Sprinkle an additional 1/4cup cheese over the toppings and top the pizza with 1 TBSP chopped peanuts.
  12. Transfer the pizza to oven; bake until crisp and golden and the cheese is bubbly, 9 to 10 minute.
  13. When cooked through, remove pizza from oven.
  14. Sprinkle 1TBSP chopped cilantro over the hot cheesy surface.
  15. Repeat with remaining ingredients for a second pizza.

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