Friday, December 5, 2008

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Cilantro
(Photo courtesy of SFGate.com)

It's been a long week. With barely enough time to recover from the long weekend at my father's, I was thrown into a week packed with work, social activities, and volunteering obligations. The last thing I needed to do tonight was to make a complicated meal for myself. So, I cheated and ordered pizza from Bella Via. Nothing says Friday night like slice after slice of deliciously cheesy pizza.

Had I the energy and motivation, I would have made my own pizza tonight. Especially since I've been craving my Barbecue Chicken Pizza for the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, not only were the energy and motivation lacking, but my kitchen was also lacking the proper ingredients. That's not to say that I'm settling for the pizza I got from Bella Via... I just would have preferred to make it myself. I've hardly been in the kitchen this week given my jam-packed schedule, and I've missed cooking.

Even though I was unable to make the pizza I consumed for dinner, I'd like to share the recipe with you anyway. If you're looking for a recipe to try for dinner tonight and your kitchen is better stocked than mine, I hope you try this one!

So, how do you like to kick off your weekend? Leave a comment and fill in the blank: "Nothing says Friday night like ________."

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 12-inch pre-baked pizza crust
  • 1 cup spicy barbecue sauce
  • 2 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Place each chicken breast half on a square piece of aluminum foil. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Create sealed packets around the chicken. Bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool and cube.

  3. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. Toss cubed chicken in barbecue sauce and spread on the crust.

  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the green peppers and red onions until tender to personal preference. Sprinkle cooked peppers and onions on top of the chicken.

  5. Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top of the peppers, onions, and chicken. Top everything with the shredded cheese.

  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

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