Friday, March 27, 2009

Thai Chicken Pizza

Like I mentioned in my Menu Plan for the week, when I'm having a busy week or I don't feel like cooking, I put pizza on the menu. My husband could eat pizza everyday, but I get a little sick of it. So last night, when I couldn't bear to eat another tomato-cheese pizza, but didn't have the energy to whip up anything besides pizza, I made some Peanut Sauce, scraped together some almost-Thai toppings (cabbage and shredded carrots) and *voila* Thai Pizza!

The peanut sauce has a lot of ingredients, but I've left out a few of them every now and then and it still turns out yummy. I usually make a double batch, and stash half in the freezer with a pizza crust for another night. If you are planning to freeze some, leave out or reduce the red pepper flakes, because it will thaw out MUCH hotter!

This recipe came from my Top Secret Recipes cookbook, but the grill method is mine. We grill all of our pizzas, and the pre-made crusts from the store work great when you don't want to heat up the house and gives it a very crispy crust.

I am sharing this at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap, so go there to see some recipes, also!

Thai Chicken Pizza
Makes 4 servings

1 16 inch pizza shell

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons minced onions
1 teaspoon minced ginger root

1 chicken breast cooked and diced
1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese
1 green onion sliced
1/2 cup bean sprouts (or thinly sliced cabbage)
1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 teaspoons minced cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped peanuts

Prepare the crust following the directions.

Mix together the ingredients for the peanut sauce in a small bowl. Pour this mixture into a microwavable bowl and heat for 1 to 2 minutes. The peanut sauce should be darker now.

Pour 2 Tbsp of the peanut sauce over the chicken. Let set while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Spread a thin coating of the remaining peanut sauce on the pizza crust. You may have sauce left over.
Sprinkle mozzarella over the peanut sauce. Spread the onions, chicken, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and chopped peanuts over the cheese.

Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes or until the crust turns light brown. Or grill method: Preheat grill as hot as it will go. Put pizza on grill and reduce heat to low. Rotate pizza after a few minutes so it doesn't burn. Remove when cheese is melted.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking

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