Day 26 : Thai Chicken Pizza

As it was nearing 6:00, and the kids and I were starting to get quite hungry I had to ask myself if it was really worth it to send Jeff to two different stores after work to get the ingredients I needed for tonight’s recipe.  The answer….. YES!

I have always been intrigued by the idea of using peanuts/peanut butter alongside meat in a dish.  I have never particularly liked peanuts, but on occasion do enjoy peanut butter.  With that in mind I was fairly certain I wouldn’t enjoy the classic peanut chicken dishes you can get at most Chinese restaurants, but while browsing recipes I’d always come across these interesting recipes that I vowed one day to try.  Again today, I was browsing recipes and saw a great picture of this pizza and almost clicked away after reading the ingredients list, but then I decided…. why not?!  I cannot believe I have been missing out all this time!  This pizza is probably now my favorite gourmet pizza, and I have tried my share of “different” pizzas.

The flavor is just so complex and is literally a smorgasbord for your palate.  It truly is a gourmet pizza, but at the same time I think even the pickiest eater would enjoy this one.  I felt it was deceptively light and fresh in flavor considering most peanut butter dishes I am used to are quite creamy and heavy in flavor.  At the same time I felt it almost had a sort of dessert quality to it.  If you are wanting to try something a little out of your comfort zone I highly recommend this one!

Thai Chicken Pizza

Serves : 4                        Time to make : 25 minutes

Ingredients :

  • Boboli original pizza crust (large)
  • 8 oz chicken, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 C. creamy peanut butter
  • 3 T. water
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2-1 T. fresh basil (thai basil if you can find it), sliced thin
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
  • 4 whole scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2/3-1 C. mozzarella, shredded

Directions :

  1. Warm olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until done.  Set aside in a bowl with the red peppers, and scallions.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together peanut butter, water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic.
  4. Mix 1 T. of the peanut sauce into the chicken, peppers, and onions, then spread the rest evenly onto your crust.
  5. Next spread the chicken mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the basil evenly over the pizza, then top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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