Thursday, May 15, 2014

Grilled Thai Chicken Pizza

When I grill chicken breasts for dinner, I always throw on a few more so I have leftovers to use for a couple meals. What's your favorite recipe or way to use up leftover chicken?


Normally I would use my leftover grilled chicken on a salad, like my favorite BBQ Chicken Salad, but I decided to change it up today... it's been awhile since I had a delicious grilled pizza! And seeing as how it was 105 degrees here in San Diego, using the grill for dinner again seemed like an excellent idea. Now, the big question... what kind of pizza do I make with my leftover chicken?


My sister has been working really hard on her garden lately... and I am enjoying the fruits of her labor. I love having fresh herbs to cook with! Since I have fresh cilantro right at my fingertips, I went with a Thai Chicken Pizza tonight. For this grilled pizza, a spicy Thai peanut sauce is prepared then spread on top of naan bread (or flat bread), covered with mozzarella cheese, a crunchy mix of vegetables, chicken, and roasted peanuts, placed on the grill until the cheese is bubbly, then sprinkled with cilantro.


Wow, that is one good-looking pizza!

Grilled Thai Chicken Pizza
based on a recipe from www.food.com
makes 2 small pizzas

Ingredients:
Spicy peanut sauce - 
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons minced ginger (or more if you wish)
2 minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili sauce (or dried chili flakes)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons water

Thai chicken pieces - 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
OR
1 pre-cooked chicken breast

For the pizza - 
2 naan bread, flat bread, or premade pizza crust
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup white bean sprouts
1/4 cup shredded carrot
2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
1. Combine sauce ingredients in a small pan over medium heat.
2. Bring the sauce to a boil; boil gently for one minute.
3. Stir sauce until all ingredients are well combined; set aside.
4. To make Thai chicken: Cook the chicken in olive oil over med-high heat, stirring, until just cooked; 5 to 6 minutes do not overcook (OR use pre-cooked chicken).
5. Set aside in refrigerator until chilled through.
6. Once chilled, coat the chicken with 1/4 cup sauce.
7. To make the pizza: Use a large spoon to spread 1/4 cup sauce evenly over each naan bread or pizza crust within the rim.
8. Cover sauce of each pizza with 3/4 cup cheese, the distribute the chicken pieces over the cheese followed by the bean sprouts and carrots.
9. Sprinkle an additional cheese over the toppings and top the pizzas with chopped peanuts.
10. Transfer the pizzas to a heated and oiled grill; cook on low-medium heat until bottom is golden and crisp and golden and the cheese is bubbly, about 8 to 10 minutes.
11. When cooked through, remove pizzas from grill, then sprinkle chopped cilantro over the hot cheesy surface.



ENJOY!!!!

I have a feeling I will be making this Grilled Thai Chicken Pizza again soon. This pizza tastes just like (or better than) California Pizza Kitchen's Thai Chicken Pizza... seriously! Not to mention, it was super easy to make and only took a few minutes to heat up on the grill. This is a spicy, flavorful pizza... perfect to for summer. Would go great with a cold beer!

- Janel

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