Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Pizza

Today was a little disappointing. My parents were supposed to be visiting for a long weekend, but the weather is awful in Philly, and the flights were canceled. Both hubby and I are sitting around with long faces, which I knew we would be. So I prepared him the most awesome pizza ever.

Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Pizza

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

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Ingredients

  • cooked sliced or diced or shredded chicken
  • Sweet Baby Rays Buffalo marinade
  • Tabasco to taste (we like it spicy)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Pizza dough 

Add Tabasco to the marinade to taste. Add the cooked chicken to the buffalo marinade/tabasco and toss. Let sit while you prepare the pizza crust. You could use one of those premade pizza crusts if you like, it would be easier than wrestling with the dough. But I'm getting better at making a circular pizza. The trick for me was using a round pizza pan. Before hubby bought me a decent pizza pan, I was making them on a half inch lipped small cookie sheet. My mind and my hands would not work together to make a regtangle. Trust me, circles are easier. And flour your hands... AND take off your rings so they don't stretch the dough. (see photo)

 

Messed up dough from my rings

Then add some pizza sauce. I use Trader Joe's, it's good. Don't use too much, you don't want the tomato taste to overpower the buffalo sauce the chicken is in. Just enough for pretty. 

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Then add the chicken pieces to the pizza.

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Now comes the BBlue cheese crumbles.

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Next add some shredded cheddar. To be honest, I wasn't sure how the blue cheese would melt, if at all, and that is why I tossed the cheddar on top. Blue cheese melts, and the pizza wouldn't have been the same with out it.

 

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Finally add my secret ingredient: Red pepper flakes. I use Penzey's Very Hot flakes for cooking. If it was up to hubby, we'd be using the Excruciatingly hot red pepper. I let him add that afterwards. 

Now for the tricky part. I'm a newcomer to the pizza making world, and learning as I go. I baked this pizza for 15 minutes at 425F. It was delicous, but the bottom of the crust was soggy. Next time I make a deep dish pizza, I'll prebake the crust for a few minutes before adding the toppings.

And here it is!  

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Yes, it was yummy! Enjoy!

~Karen

 

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