Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mandy's Buffalo Chicken Pizza


 There are a variety of ways to make mix up a Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  We had an abundance of grilled chicken and a few ingredients on hand, so this is how we made it.


Crust:

1 cup warm water (105 F)
1 pkg dry yeast
1/3 cup milk (105 F)
1 TBSP salt
1 TBSP sugar
4 cups flour
2 TBSP oil
Oil Spray

Toppings:

1-2 chicken breasts (cooked) chopped in small pieces. (We ended up using one and a half breasts, grilled.)
1 cup hot wing sauce, divided (We chose a mild sauce so the kids could enjoy it.)
Oil spray
Garlic powder
Italian or Greek herbs
1/4 cup Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup onions sliced
1/8 cup diced celery or bellpepper (We didn't have any celery, so I used bellpepper. I think celery works better since it's the usual side to hot wings! I also tossed in some banana peppers)

Crust Directions:

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add warm milk, salt, and sugar. Stir and allow to sit for 2 minutes.  Stir in oil.  Mix in flour until dough forms and becomes elastic.

Knead dough on lightly floured surface for about 5-6 minutes.  Divide dough into 2 balls if making 2 large pizzas (16-18 inch pizzas), or 3 balls if you intend to make smaller pizzas.  (Ours were 16 inch pizzas.)

Note: See directions at bottom if making a deep dish pizza.

Spray dough balls with oil, cover with plastic wrap, and place in warm area to rise for at least one hour.  (If in a hurry, 30 minutes will do.  We place ours in the unheated oven. In the winter, I warm the oven, then turn it off 5 minutes before putting the dough in.)

Place dough on flat, lightly floured surface. Roll out to fit your pan. Spray your pan with oil before laying in the pizza dough.  Set aside and prepare toppings. You do not need to bake the crust before laying on the toppings.

Topping Directions:
Heat over to 400 F

Toss chicken and 1/4 cup hot wing sauce together in a bowl.  Set aside.
Spray the pizza crust (which is not cooked yet!) generously with oil (we use olive oil spray), especially around the edges.

Sprinkle edges of pizza with garlic powder and herbs.

Spread dressing (Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing) evenly over pizza.  Then top with remainder of the hot wing sauce, also spreading evenly across pizza.

Top with cheese.  I usually reserve about a 1/4 cup to sprinkle over the toppings right before I put it in the oven.  Evenly sprinkle on remainder of ingredients, including chicken.  Don't skimp on the chicken!!!

Bake at 400 F.  I'd give you a time, but every pizza is different.  The crust will be tan, and the cheese will be bubbling.  Check at 12 minutes, and keep checking every 2-3 minutes.

Note: If you are making a deep dish pizza, roll your dough out to fit a 9-inch pan (a round cake pan works).  Add 1/8th cup oil to the pan before placing in the dough.  Allow dough to rise in the pan for an hour.  After it has risen, gently press down to spread dough in pan (as it will have pulled away from the sides a bit). I emphasize gently!!!  Top as desired and bake at 475 F until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.

Enjoy!!   (Try dipping in Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing! Yum!)

Ideally, I would have liked to have some feta and other kinds of cheeses for this pizza, but we only had mozzarella, and it worked nicely.

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