Grumpy asked for Buffalo Chicken Pizza for our Friday night pizza! I believe it was just last week that I was informed that I could no longer cook chicken! hehe. This is how it went:
Grumpy: You know, Nice & Easy makes this buffalo chicken pizza that is really good. Sometimes on my way home from work I will grab a piece to hold me over til dinner (he travels good distances sometimes for his job). You could make that for dinner one night.
Grumpy: I don’t remember that.
Yup. Grumpy is becoming an old man. Lately I’ve been telling him his forgetfulness is because he’s getting old. hehe – you should have seen his face when I told him he was awful close to 40 now. (mind you, I will be 46 this year so I have EVERY right to tease him….) What’s good for the goose is good for the gander eh? If you remember…..he does call me OLD Buzzard or Buzzy…….not really HoneyB! ;o)
2 chicken breasts sauteed with some pam, salt and pepper
Red hot sauce (2-4 tablespoons depending on heat preference)
1-2 tablespoons melted butter (depending on how much red hot sauce you use)
Dice chicken and put in small mixing bowl. Pour red hot sauce and melted butter over top. Stir to combine. Set aside.
Approximately 2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm (not hot) tap water
In bowl of kitchen aid stir together 1 cup of flour with remaining ingredients, scraping down sides to incorporate all ingredients. Add 2nd cup of flour and continue to scrape down sides as needed. Turn to a higher speed to “knead” the dough and gradually add enough of the remaining flour until the dough ball is no longer “sticky”. (I didn’t quite use another 1/2 cup). Let dough sit in warm, draft free place until double in size.
Punch dough to release air. Sprinkle pizza stone with corn meal and press dough out onto circle. Pre-bake crust for approximately 7 minutes. Remove from oven and top as follows:
Toppings in order listed:
Ken’s Chunky Blue Cheese dressing (or your choice of dressing – this is our favorite!)
3/4 buffalo chicken mixture spread evenly over top of dressing
Mozzarella cheese (I use part skim and probably sprinkle about 1-1/2 cups over top- too much cheese and it will run over your crust and off the stone!)
Remainder of buffalo chicken mixture sprinkled over top
Bake at 450 on pizza stone in bottom of oven until crust start’s to brown. Move to middle rack and continue to cook until browned nicely all over (crust and topping)
Remove from oven and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles if desired then cool for about 10 minutes before cutting. (to prevent cheese and sauce from running all over stone and you!)
Serve with a side of blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. (If you don’t like blue cheese dressing, you can easily substitute Ranch dressing)