Sunday, February 14, 2010


Another "MAM" (Maeve Approved Meal).

I'm not going to lie... this one took some work and prep. It's definitely not a quick- go- to meal. BUT it was SO good. I mean, SO.GOOD. That I am planning on putting it on our menu every week. Saturday nights will become our pizza night... and THIS will be our pizza of choice:

Here's the recipe for "Chicken Pesto Pizza."

Ingredient Checklist:
* 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
* 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
* 2-3/4 cups bread flour, divided
* 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Olive Oil, divided
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
* 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
* 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
* 1/2 each small green, sweet red and yellow peppers, julienned
* 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
* 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
* 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 1 tub of feta cheese crumbles (I got the kind with Italian seasonings)
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Here's how to put it together:

- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Beat in the 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon oil, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the remaining flour; beat until combined.

- Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

- In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the chicken, onion, peppers and mushrooms in remaining oil until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat; set aside.

- Punch dough down; roll into a 15-in. circle. Transfer to a 14-in. pizza pan. Build up edges slightly. Spread with pesto. Top with chicken mixture and cheese. Sprinkle with pepper and remaining salt.

- Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until crust and cheese are lightly browned.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Good luck with your pizza!


Kase and Jules said...

Yummy! Check this website out. It's awesome :)

Becky said...

Hey Ashley,
I know you have mentioned Trader Joe's before, so next time you head there, you should get their pizza dough. It is really good and it will save you lots of time on pizza making. When we were in LA, Justin and I would make pizza with TJ's dough at least once a week!

Ashley said...

thanks Becky! Yeah making Pizza dough was TOUGH WORK! haha- I am used to throwing together dinners in a half hour- this took quite a bit of time! But it was good! :)