Tonight's Dinner: Chinese chicken pizza
Like pizza but tired of the same old tomato, mozzarella and pepperoni? Why not spice things up by turning that classic Italian dish into something a little Chinese.
California Pizza Kitchen is a favorite restaurant of mine. While I usually get their Original Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad, every so often I'll change things up and get a pizza. One of my favorites was their Peking Duck Pizza. It had duck, scallions and, instead of tomato sauce, the whole thing was covered in that deliciously sweet hoisin sauce. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line CPK quit making that pizza. I don't know why exactly; maybe it was because it wasn't very popular or maybe it was to make room for some other, newer flavors. Whatever the reason, I can no longer get it from the restaurant.
But just because I can't order it, doesn't mean I can't have it. I can just make it myself. All I need is some hoisin sauce, a few scallions and some duck. Although the duck was pretty difficult to find, the rest of the ingredients were scattered among the aisles of my favorite grocery store. So while I couldn't have the exact same pizza I used to get from CPK, my chicken version was a scrumptious substitute. And since it was so easy, I'm definitely going to make it again and again.
Chinese Chicken Pizza
- Pizza dough
- 2-3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1/2 pound smoked gouda cheese, shredded
- 1 cup chicken, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 scallions, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled pizza pan. Spread the hoisin sauce all over the dough. Sprinkle half the cheese over the hoisin sauce. Add the chicken and scallions to the pizza and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the whole pizza.
- Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown and the cheese bubbles. Serve immediately.