Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

If you haven't noticed, I kind of like buffalo-flavored things. Louisiana or Texas Pete hot sauce is a staple in our refrigerator, along with Chipotle Tabasco sauce, jalapenos, and Tony's seasoning. I guess you can say we just like spicy food in general.

I've mentioned that pizza is one of my favorite meals to make, not to mention one of the easiest, and we have it usually once or twice a week. The great thing about pizza is that there are SO MANY options, it's hard to get tired of it because it can always be different.

One of my favorites is buffalo-chicken pizza. For this you'll need:

Pizza crust
Tomato sauce (one 8 oz can)
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Buffalo/hot sauce
Shredded cheese
Any other topping you'd like on your pizza (mushrooms, anchovies, jalapenos, etc.)

I'm going to start with a little disclaimer saying that I love making things SIMPLE and EASY when I'm cooking, because the last thing I want to do after a long day of work is slave in the kitchen for hours. Therefore, I do not make my own crust or pizza sauce. If you prefer to do that, kudos to you. I use a pre-made, pre-cooked thin whole wheat crust, which I usually purchase from Wal-Mart.

First thing's first, you want to cook your chicken, I prefer to cut my boneless skinless chicken breast (one breast should be enough for one pizza) in to teeny pieces, toss in some salt and pepper, and cook on a skillet in a little bit of evoo. If you don't have any EVOO and just want to use regular ole vegetable oil, that's fine too. Or if you want to make this super simple, just use chicken in a can.

After the chicken is cooked all the way through (or you've opened your can and dumped it on the skillet) add about 1/3 can of your tomato sauce, along with your buffalo/hot sauce. I don't ever measure these things. Measuring is for the birds. But if you want to get technical, probably around 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce. If you don't want it too spicy I'd put about half that amount. Turn your stove eye to low and let the chicken simmer in the tomato/buffalo/hot sauce mixture. Stir occasionally.

In a small sauce pan, dump the remaining tomato sauce and add some more buffalo sauce. Turn stove eye to low and let simmer. Stir occasionally.

While the chicken and sauce is simmering, cut up all your veggies and other pizza toppings. I shouldn't need to go in to detail about how to cut your vegetables, and if I do then maybe you should re-think making pizza at home and give your local Pizza Hut a call. I'm sure they'll even deliver.

By this time your tomato/buffalo/hot sauce mixture should be nice and warm. Turn the sauce mix and the chicken off. Spread the sauce all over your pizza crust with a spoon. Spread chicken pieces around and add sliced veggies evenly. Cover entire pizza with your choice of shredded cheese (my favorites are mozzarella or cheddar). It's up to you how much cheese you add, but I usually end up using about a cup.

Bake at 375 until cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Cut in to sections and serve!

What is your favorite go-to meal after a long day of work?


Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

YUM. We had buffalo turkey meatballs for dinner last night and they were DIVINE

Lauren said...

I'm a buffalo chicken girl myself - and that looks DELISH. I also like to make buffalo chicken paninis, or wraps. YUM! Perhaps I shall have that tonight....!

Lindsay Landgraf said...

Oh my word I need that in my mouth right this very instant. We are long lost soul sisters, buffalo-flavored things are some of my favorite too!

Kasey At The Bat said...

oh I love everything buffalo chicken related + this looks delicious.. thanks for sharing!!!!

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