Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Greek Chicken Pizza

My sister wanted Greek Salad for her birthday, but also wanted pizza, so I came up with this Greek Chicken Pizza. We doubled the pizza dough, because some people just have to have pepperoni! (I only use turkey pepperoni and we threw on some mushrooms so there would be at least 1 veggie!) This is a hearty pizza, with the toppings piled on high. Spinach, artichoke hearts, red peppers, greek seasoned chicken, feta and mozzarella. It was delish! Don't mind the little pool of liquid on the pizza, just a little moisture from the veggies- it didn't affect the taste at all!

Greek Chicken Pizza by Mary Ann
Pizza dough: (double to make 2 large round pizzas)
3 and a half cups flour
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp yeast
2 Tbsp honey
¼ cup olive oil
½ tsp of salt
Pizza sauce: (makes enough for 2 large round pizzas)
1 Tbls olive oil
1 small white onion, chopped
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbls fresh basil, chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme, removed from stems
2-14 oz cans petite diced tomatoes, flavored with olive oil and garlic
1 6-oz can tomato paste
Greek chicken:
1 Tbls olive oil
16-20 oz. chicken breast or tenders, cut into bite size pieces
2-4 Tbls Greek seasoning
Pizza Toppings:
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1-14 oz can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
3 oz baby spinach
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Mix ingredients for pizza dough in a mixer with paddle attachment, until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let rise for 1/2 hour in a warm place.
To made sauce- heat oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Add onion and saute, until almost tender. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add herbs and saute for 1 more minute. Add tomatoes and cook until bubbly. Add tomato paste and stir to combine. Reduce heat and let simmer for a few minutes. Scoop mixture into blender and puree, for a few minutes, until completely pureed. Set aside.
To cook chicken- Heat oil in electric skillet. Add chicken and season heavily with greek seasoning. Saute for a few minutes, until all sides are cooked. Cover and turn heat to low. Let cook until completely cooked through and then keep covered.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray round pizza pan with cooking spray. Put pizza dough on pan and roll out to edges, leaving enough around the edges to make a nice crust. Prick crust with a fork in a few places. Bake for 6 minutes and remove from oven.
Spread crust evenly with pizza sauce. Layer spinach on top of sauce- it is okay if it overlaps. Place red pepper strips on top of spinach. Place artichoke hearts around peppers. Sprinkle chicken all over the top. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of chicken and top with crumbled feta. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve!


Prudy said...

That looks unbelievable! I made pizza last night and I almost almost almost went Greek and them veered left at the last minute. You have to enter the National Chicken Contest. You have so many great recipes and they are looking for recipes right now. I'll email you the info.
OF COURSE I love for you to post my recipes. I love to share them. Have a great day and do you have any leftover pizza? I'm just a few hours away.
I actually have leftover pizza too. Since I didn't go Greek I went with summer squash, zuke and a garlic oil drizzle on whole wheat crust. Yum.

Maria said...

We love making homemade pizza. I will have to try the Greek twist! Looks good!

Ali said...

Looks SO yummy! THanks for the recipe.

Aggie said...

That looks so great! I love Greek anything, would love to try Greek pizza!! Great recipe!!

Alexa said...

This is such a creative pizza. It must have smelled amazing in your kitchen when this was baking.

Marie Rayner said...

Ohh Mary Ann, that looks soooo good and your crust looks amazing! I am in awe of you! I wish I could get my crusts to turn out that good! Just call me yeast dough challenged!

Debbie said...

I have a Greek Pizza recipe, but yours puts mine to shame! It looks great. I'll be posting a bbq chicken pizza in the next few days! But I'm thinking this weekend would be a good weekend for GREEK PIZZA!! YOURS!

Kelley said...

Our favorite way to make homemade pizza is on little pita breads. The dough is super-easy to make, and doing it lets me go faster and make each person an individual pizza. Works great.

That greek pizza sounds awesome. I love Greek food!