Saturday, November 2, 2013

California Pizza Kitchen-Thai Chicken Pizza

No need to go to California Pizza Kitchen to enjoy their Thai chicken pizza!  Make one yourself!  Here's our version.  Thanks for getting us started Erin! :)

Pizza dough:
     1 1/2 C very warm water
     1/2 TBLS yeast
     1/2 TBLS honey
     2 C whole wheat flour + maybe a bit more for kneading in to make it not stick
     1/2 tsp salt
     1/4 C creamy peanut butter
     1 TBLS molasses
     2 TBLS water
     1 TBLS tahini
     1 TBLS soy sauce
     1 clove garlic, pressed
     1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you like)
     1 thin slice of red onion, minced
     1 "thumb" fresh gingeroot, peeled and grated
     2 TBLS olive oil
     (Optional water...for thinning out the sauce to desired consistency)
     1 chicken breast (cooked in sauce), sliced thin
     mozzarella cheese, shredded
     2 green onions, chopped
     1/2 C bean sprouts, rinsed
     1/2 C carrots, grated
     2 TBLS cilantro, chopped
     1/4 C peanuts, chopped

First, make your dough.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a fork, then knead in any extra flour until it no longer sticks to your fingers.  Prepare your baking stone by smearing with butter and sprinkling with cornmeal.  Then plop your dough in the middle.  In can rise slightly while you make the sauce and prepare the toppings.
Press the dough out, being careful not to tear it.  When done, poke all over with a fork and pop into a preheated 475 degree oven for about 10 minutes. (Watch closely and bake until browned a bit)

The sauce is made by simply combining all ingredients in a small bowl and stirring until combined and smooth. (I use a fork) You'll use 1/3 of this sauce to cook with the sliced up chicken and save the other 2/3 to spread on the pizza after the dough has been cooked.

While the chicken is cooking in some of the sauce you just made, in a pan on the stovetop, you can chop up the rest of your veggies.  When the dough comes out of the oven, and is spread with the rest of the sauce, you place the toppings on.  We do some cheese, then the cooked chicken, bean sprouts, carrots, cilantro, peanuts and then a little more cheese, and throw it back into the oven for maybe 5 minutes.  Just enough to melt it all together.  Don't let the cheese burn.  Seriously YUM!

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