Forget delivery! Serve homemade Chicken Pizza instead. Chicken, sweet Italian sausage, cremini mushrooms, fontina cheese, and sliced red bell pepper are just a few of the ingredients we used to dress this dish up.
1 (12-ounce) portion fresh pizza dough
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed
1 (4-ounce) link sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
1/4 cup vertically sliced onion
4 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
2 teaspoons cornmeal
4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
How to Make It
Let dough rest, covered, at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450°.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, chicken, and sausage; sauté 5 minutes. Remove mixture from pan. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl. Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Punch dough down. Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal. Roll dough out to a 14-inch circle on baking sheet. Brush dough with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with 2 ounces cheese. Arrange chicken mixture, vegetable mixture, and bell pepper over cheese, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Top with remaining cheese and crushed red pepper. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with herbs. Cut into slices.
I really enjoyed this pizza from the January 2012 issue of Cooking Light. I made it just as the recipe said even though I wasn't at all sure that there would be enough cheese. Happily, that fear was unfounded. I will definitely make this again. The only thing I will do differently in the future is to spice the chicken more when I cook it, probably with cumin and chili powder, because the chicken it rather bland.