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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chicken Alfredo Pizza with Spinach and Red Onion

A few nights ago Stephan and I tried out a recipe (Chicken Alfredo Pizza) I found while searching foodgawker. If you haven't joined this site you totally should. We find better recipes there than we do on pinterest. This pizza was from the Sweet Pea Chef. Her blog is great and I'm looking forward to trying many more of her recipes! The pizza turned out to be so yummy that I figured it would be rude not to share it! So to start off I want to make a quick and easy grocery list of things you'll need for this meal. I'm excluding things like milk, butter, sugar, salt, pepper because these are things most people have on hand all the time. If you don't just check the recipe for how much you'll need of each before you go shopping!
Grocery List
*Bread Flour
*8oz Cream Cheese (I use low fat)
*8oz Parmesan Cheese
*1lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
*2 Small Red Onions
*2c Baby Spinach
*8oz Fresh Mozzarella (this was surprisingly cheap!) 

It's a pretty simple shopping list for this meal! The best part about it, is that it makes two large pizzas. Yay for leftovers! So here is the recipe... Starting with my go to pizza dough. Nothing fancy, just the one that came with my bread maker.
Easy Pizza Dough
*1c hot water (90-110 degrees)
*3c bread flour
*1tsp salt
*1tbsp sugar
*2 tbsp olive oil
*2tsp yeast
Add the hot water to your bread maker, Add all other ingredients except for the yeast, Dig a small well in the center of the bread pan and add the yeast to the well you made. Set your bread maker to dough and wait 'til it's done!
If you don't have a bread maker here is a easy recipe you can use instead! 

Now for the sauce. With about 20 mins left on your dough go ahead and start prepping the other parts to your pizza.

Garlic Alfredo Sauce
*1 stick of unsalted butter
*6 cloves of garlic, finely minced (I grated mine with a microplane)
*8oz low fat cream cheese, at room temp and cut into cubes
*2c milk
*6oz parmesan cheese, grated (fyi: it's cheaper to buy a block and grate it yourself)
*1tsp pepper
*Salt to taste
Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. When butter is melted add garlic and cook until you can smell it (about 2 mins). Add cream cheese stirring with a whisk until melted. Add in the milk a little at a time, whisking until smooth. Add the parmesan, pepper and salt, to taste. Let the parmesan melt and cook on low until the sauce reaches the texture you would like. It took mine about 10 mins to get to a texture that it wouldn't just spill off my pizza crust.

*1lb boneless skinless chicken breast
*2tbsp olive oil
Heat oil in a large skillet. Trim fat off chicken. Cut chicken into cubes and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken in skillet over medium heat until seared on the outside. (It will finish cooking in the oven)
Set chicken aside and let cool.
Onion and Mozzarella 
*2 small red onions
*8oz fresh mozzarella
Peel your onions. Cut them in half and then into thin slices. Set aside for later.
Using a sharp wet knife cut your mozzarella into thin slices and set aside for later.

**Make sure to preheat your oven to 400 degrees**

When you pizza dough is done sprinkle your pizza stone, or round pizza pan, with a little corn meal. Split dough in half (because remember you're making TWO pizzas). Roll out half of the dough. Now you're ready to assemble your pizza!
Spread your alfredo sauce onto the pizza crust, leaving about 1in for the crust. Lay half of your spinach leaves on the pizza. Spread half the onions and half the chicken cubes on the pizza. Top the pizza with half of your mozzarella slices. I also topped my pizzas with what I had left of my grated parmesan from the sauce. Put your pizza into your preheated oven and cook for 10-15 mins. You should have something like this when your oven timer goes off

 Let it cool for about 2 mins and then...

Bon Appetit 

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