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How To Make California Chicken Pizza With A Homemade, Quick-Rise Crust

by Peppi Hautala

Do you wish you could bring the taste of California right into your own kitchen? This California chicken pizza, topped with cilantro, barbecue sauce, pineapple, and tender chicken, does just that. It's made with a quick-rise crust, too, so you can have it prepared in less time than it would take to order delivery. Here's how:

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 package rapid rise yeast
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour or bread flour (bread flour makes a crispier crust)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Ingredients to top the pizza:

  • 1 cup of your favorite bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • ½ a red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks, drained and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

Start by making the crust. Combine the yeast and water in a bowl, and stir until dissolved. Stir in the oil, salt, sugar, and 1 ½ cups flour until a soft, uniform dough forms. Continue mixing for 30 strokes or for about 1 minute. Slowly add the remaining flour as you continue to stir. The dough should clump together into one ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it for 5 minutes. Then, leave the ball in place on your counter, and cover it gently with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. Let it rest in place for 10 minutes.

While the dough rests, prepare the onions and garlic by sautéing them in the olive oil until tender.

Next, begin stretching it into a circle that measures about 12 inches across. Place the stretched dough on a pizza pan. Top it with the barbecue sauce, followed by the cheese. Spread the chicken, pineapple, and sautéed onions out evenly across the pizza.

Bake the pizza for 15 – 18 minutes at 400 degrees F. The cheese should melt and bubble, and the bottom of the crust should be lightly browned. Sprinkle the pizza with the cilantro as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let cool for 5 minutes, slice, and then serve. Enjoy!

If you prefer, you can substitute diced ham for the chicken, making this more of a Hawaiian-style pizza. Don't be afraid to get creative with your toppings.

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