Friday, March 21, 2014

White Chicken Pizza

Every once in a while, someone in my family surprises me with their food preferences.  I found a recipe for white chicken pizza in the latest issue of Cooking Light and I thought I would give it a try - with some hesitation.

Courtney tends to be the most particular about her pizza lately so I decided to make 3 white pizzas and 1 with red sauce and cheese - just in case.  When she came into the kitchen and saw the white pizza cooking she wanted to know what it was and with a turned up nose she asked me to list everything that was on it.  I'm not going to lie - it wasn't look good for the white chicken pizza.  I told her that she had to at least taste it before making her evaluation.  (Yes, she is 15 and I still have to beg her to try new things.)

Out of respect for my effort, she tried the pizza - AND SHE LIKED IT!   WooooHoooo!  Seriously, she actually liked it.  Even though those words were never uttered from her lips - her empty plate after dinner was all the satisfaction that I needed.

I am celebrating my pizza victory because I am fully aware that the next time that I make a white chicken pizza - she may want absolutely nothing to do with it.  (That's just how teenagers roll.)  As for today though - I am the queen of the white chicken pizza.  More importantly, she tried something that she had never tasted before and found out it can be delicious.

White Chicken Pizza
whole wheat pizza dough
 1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, crushed
4 thyme sprigs
2 cups 2% milk
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cooked chicken breast
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Heat a baking stone on the Big Green Egg or preheat oven to 450.
Combine oil, basil, red pepper, garlic and thyme.  Cook 4 minutes on low.

Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.  Strain into another bowl.

Combine milk, yogurt and vinegar.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

Gently stir to form curds.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Strain through strainer.

Discard liquid.  (I know, it's extremely wasteful.)  Combine oil, curds and salt.

Divide dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a circle.

Place on the hot baking stone or onto a baking sheet.

Spread a quarter of the ricotta cheese mixture on top of the crust.

Top with sliced (or shredded) chicken.

Top with shredded cheese.

Heat until crust is browned and cheese is melted.

White chicken pizza - sooooo good.  Although Courtney thought it should be renamed white "sauce" chicken pizza.  

Enjoy my friends.


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