Discovering a new favourite meal is always awesome, isn’t it? My husband actually used curse words to describe how delicious this pizza was…. so you KNOW it’s good.
It usually begins with seeing something delicious-looking on Pinterest (yes, it’s still my guilty pleasure, I just don’t have as much time to browse as I used to).
The very moment I saw this recipe, I was drooling. But when I read the ingredients, I wasn’t impressed with all of them, I knew I could make a version that I’d like. So, I got to work. This takes a bit of planning but I had the help of two terrific appliances, and I was on my way.
I got out my breadmaker and put the ingredients in the bread pan for pizza dough. I would have preferred to use the whole wheat recipe, but I already had a couple things in the pan when I thought about this, so I just went with a white crust.
Then I popped three boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the crockpot with some Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce, and a little butter. It set it on high.
I put a sheet of parchment paper over my pizza pan, and sprinkled cornmeal on it. Now, I haven’t had a lot of luck over the years, it usually sticks somehow. I was hoping that it was prepared enough, and we were going to find out.
When the dough was finished in the breadmaker, I tossed it onto a floured wooden cutting board, and spread it out a little bit. I left it alone for about half an hour, to rise.
I once worked in a pizza place when I was a teenager, but none of those skills stuck with me. Now, I was on my own and hoping for the best!
When I came back, I turned the crockpot off, and began shredding the chicken with two forks. The shredded chicken soaked up the excess liquid in the crockpot. I covered it after it was shredded, and finished the dough.
I spread it further out to fit the pan and laid it on top of the corn meal. Then left it to rise, maybe another half an hour.
My husband and I actually went for a walk to do some Easter shopping for the kids, and when we came home, I finished the pizza.
The final steps:
The pizza dough had risen a bit more, and I lightly kneaded it into the pan (not too much though, you want to keep some air in it!). I took my store-bought pizza sauce and added some hot sauce to it. Then I spread a large portion of it over the dough, and reserved about 1/4 cup. I sprinkled the shredded chicken over the sauce, and finished up with a combination of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
For the grand finale, I drizzled the last of the sauce over the entire pizza.
It went into a 450°F oven for 20 minutes. But I removed the pizza from the pan (and parchment paper) halfway through. The crust was crispy enough to move the pizza off the pan with no difficulty.
What came out of that oven was a 10-inch round piece of heaven. The crust was sheer perfection: crispy and crunchy.
We devoured this pizza with a couple of beers, as it was conveniently National Beer Day… It went down too well!
Our youngest boy was out at a friends birthday party, and so, didn’t get to try the pizza. Tyler had a couple of slices after the fact and agreed that it was delicious… And considering the hot sauce, this feedback is impressive!