Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

Matt had wanted to make chicken caesar salads with a grilled chicken breast that was in the fridge. I was craving carbs so I decided to make a pizza out of it. The crust was light and thin and the caesar ranch I drizzled over the top was refreshing with the fresh lettuce.

1 recipe of pizza dough, see below
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
Southwest or other blended seasoning
6 oz lite cream cheese
1 C mozzarella cheese
1/3 C parmesan cheese
Handful of grape tomatoes, halved
Handful of button mushrooms, roughly chopped
1/4 C Ken’s Lite Caesar dressing, plus 3 tablespoons
1/4 C lite Ranch dressing
1 Tbsp half and half cream
Romaine lettuce, chopped, for topping the pizza

First, make the pizza dough, as it needs to rise for about an hour or so in a warm spot. The pizza dough is from Giada, via Epicurious.

3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 cups (or more) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp garlic powder

Pour 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Season the large chicken breast with southwest seasoning and grill or bake until fully cooked. Allow to fully cool. Then shred with a fork. In a bowl, combine the shredded chicken with 1/4 cup of the Caesar dressing. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread the pizza dough out on a pizza stone or baking pan. Place in the oven for 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread the cream cheese over the pizza dough. Then spread the chicken, followed by the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, the mushrooms and tomatoes.

Pop it back in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

After removing from the oven, top the pizza with the freshly chopped lettuce. In a small bowl combine the extra 3 Tbsp Caesar dressing, the Ranch dressing and half and half. Use a spoon to drizzle the sauce over the pizza. Slice. Devour.

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