I feel like I post far too many baked goods, so here is an awesome pizza. This has become a household favorite. We would rather have this pizza over delivery any night of the week. It is just so tasty. It is so good that we packed all the ingredients, pizza stone and pizza cutter with us for our anniversary vacation at a cabin in the woods. We devoured it while playing game after game of Munchkin. You would not believe how many games I lost in a row! However, lugging all the equipment and ingredients was well worth it. Also, if you do not know Munchkin, I highly recommend that too.
This recipe is adapted from The Pioneer Woman cookbook. The peanut sauce called for in this recipe is pretty good, but I found it was missing something important…lime juice. The peanut sauce needed some acidity and a little squirt of lime juice both in the sauce and on top of the pizza just before serving did the trick. It just brings out all the flavors so much more. I changed other things in this recipe including using my preferred pizza dough recipe and switching out some toppings. Other than making the dough, this recipe is incredibly simple. So, I hope you love it as much as we do.
Thai Chicken Pizza
Dough recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats
Feel free to get creative with the dough – added some chili powder or some lime zest. It is very versatile.
½ cup warm water (about 110°)
1 envelope (2 ¼ teaspoons) instant yeast
1 ¼ cups water, at room temperature
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups (22 oz.) bread flour, plus more for dusting
1 ½ teaspoons salt
olive oil or non-stick cooking spray for greasing the bowl
1. Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until the yeast swells, about 5 minutes. Add the room temperature water and oil and stir to combine.
2. Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix slowly until combined.
3. Slowly add the liquid ingredients and continue to mix at low speed until the dough comes together.
4. Stop the mixer and replace the paddle with the dough hook. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. It will look kind of like an elongated ball mostly clinging to the hook.
5. Form the dough into a ball, put it in a deep oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch the dough to deflate it – my absolute favorite part.
6. Divide the dough in half, forming each half into a ball.
7. Place the dough balls in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let it rest for 10-30 minutes.
8. Follow the pizza cooking directions below. But place a pizza stone in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 500°.
9. If not using right away: tightly wrap in plastic wrap and bung it in the freezer. It will defrost over night in the fridge for when you want to use it, or on the counter during the day.
Adapted from the Pioneer Woman
4 garlic cloves peeled
3 tablespoons fresh minced ginger
¼ cup soy sauce
3 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 ½ cups smooth peanut butter
Chili paste to taste
½ cup warm water
Juice of two limes
1. In the bowl of a food processor add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy! I know it is super easy.
2. Set aside until after the pizza is cooked
The Whole Pizza
Adapted from the Pioneer Woman
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and Pepper
Thais sweet chili sauce
12-16 oz fresh mozzarella
1 cup pea shoots or alfafa sprouts
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped peanuts
2 green onions, green part chopped
1 lime cut into wedges
1. Pat the chicken breasts dry and the season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Grill (or sauté) chicken breasts until cooked through.
3. Once the chicken is cooled cut it into thin slices.
4. Dust a cutting board, or pizza peel, or as I found to work best and edgeless cookie sheet with cornmeal and place dough on top pushing it into that typical round pizza shape.
5. Spread as much Thai sweet chili sauce as you like on the dough.
6. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
7. Top with chicken breast slices.
8. Transfer pizza to VERY hot pizza stone VERY carefully and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and cheese bubbly.
9. Carefully take pizza out of the oven and top with pea shoots, carrots, cilantro and peanuts.
10. Drizzle peanut sauce all over the pizza.
11. Squirt lime juice on top of that.
12. Serve with extra peanut sauce and lime wedges on the side.