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Thai Chicken Pizza

When my husband and I moved to Lima two years ago, we had quite a bit of fun trying out new (to us) restaurants around town. We moved from a small town in Illinois that basically had fast food and an Italian place, so the options in Lima seemed endless! (I know some of you might be thinking otherwise...)

In my first few weeks of teaching at Lima Senior, we were invited out to dinner by some fellow teachers to eat at Thai Jasmine. Thai food? Never had it before, but I was willing to try it. And I absolutely loved it. Sesame peanut noodles? Delicious. Crunchy spring rolls with sweet chili sauce? So tasty. Thai Jasmine is now one of our favorite restaurants... we're there at least once a month. (What will I do when they close down for the month of April to go to Thailand?!)  

  Anyway, when I saw a recipe for Thai Chicken Pizza, I knew it had to be good. Take pizza (one of the best foods on the planet) and put a twist on it with Thai flavors? Yes, please.   A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a lot of fresh flavor make this pizza a winner. You might want to make two. (Considering the fact that my husband and I polished off the entire pie in one sitting. Whoops.)  

  Start with your favorite pizza crust. (I love this recipe.) Or a pre-made crust works fabulous as well.  

  Top with some sweet Asian chili sauce. (This can be found in the ethnic foods aisle.)    

  Then, the veggies - thinly sliced zucchini & green onion. Make sure it's sliced really thin so that it cooks all the way through.  

  Then comes the shredded chicken, about a cup and a half. White meat, dark meat, your pick. If you want to make it easy on yourself, pick up a rotisserie chicken and use some of the breast meat. (Just leave the skin off the pizza.)  

  Sprinkle with a bit of shredded mozzarella, and pop it into the oven! 10 minutes until pizza perfection.  

  While the pizza bakes, get the toppings ready - chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, and fresh basil. Yes, peanuts on pizza sound weird, but they make the pizza. Don't leave them off!  

  As soon as the pizza comes out, sprinkle with the peanuts, cilantro, & basil, and dig in!  

  This pizza has quickly become one of our favorites... next time you're doing 'pizza night', give it a try! You won't be disappointed.  

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Thai Chicken Pizza

Servings/Yield

One 12-inch pizza
  • 1 batch pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • ½ cup sweet Asian chili sauce
  • 1 green onion , thinly sliced
  • ½ zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups cooked & shredded chicken, (2 chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
 

Method

Preheat oven to 500*F with pizza stone inside for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the pizza. Sprinkle cornmeal over a piece of parchment paper. Roll out pizza dough to a 12-inch diameter (or stretch it out with your hands) and place it onto the cornmeal-topped parchment paper. Spread with sweet Asian chili sauce; then, top with green onions and zucchini. Top with shredded chicken. Sprinkle cheese all over pizza. Remove (hot) pizza stone from oven and slide the parchment paper with pizza directly onto the stone. Place back in oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes until pizza crust is golden and cheese is melted. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, cilantro, and basil. Slice and serve!
Source: from Tasty Kitchen

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