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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Spicy Chicken Pizza | Step by step recipe of Chicken Pizza





I will be sharing with you the basic recipe of a Chicken Pizza from the scratch. It took me exactly 2 hours to prepare the whole thing. To make it more easy, I will divide the recipe into three parts - Pizza dough, Pizza sauce and the toppings.
Once you master the basic dough and the sauce, there is no limit for the variations you can do for the toppings. This is the essence of home cooked food, where you have a complete control over the hygiene as well as the taste. 




I usually prepare the pizza sauce in a large quantity and store it in a refrigerator. As the sauce is being cooked well, stays fresh for a couple of weeks. But I always prefer making fresh dough. And if there is any extra left over dough, store it in a freezer.

I first prepare the pizza dough and set it aside for an hour. By the time the dough gets ready, I prepare the sauce and the toppings. You can choose any toppings of your choice or may be no toppings at all.

The secret lies in the way you knead the dough and the balance of spices in the sauce. Take care not to keep the sauce too watery. 

In case if you want a brief summary of the recipe, just scroll down to the end.

Serving size: 4 large pizzas
Preparation & Baking time : 2 hours (approx)





Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups of plain flour (plus more for kneading)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast + 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil + more for greasing 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water (little less or more as required)

Method:

1)  In a small bowl mix together sugar, yeast and warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes till it gets frothy and bubbly.


2)  In a large bowl add the flour, salt, oil and yeast mixture. Combine everything slowly by adding water and until it forms a soft sticky dough. You can either use a stand mixer or mix by hand.




3) If the dough is too sticky and difficult to manage, add additional flour, 1 tbsp at a time until the dough comes to a solid form. Scrape the dough from the sides and turn it on to a lightly floured surface on a clean table. 



4)  Knead the dough for sometime in a stretching form, in order to build the gluten. The overall texture of the dough should be soft and not hard. In case if it sticks too much to the surface, sprinkle some dry flour and form into a smooth dough. 




5)  Grease a large bowl with some oil and transfer the dough into it. Cover the bowl and keep it in a warm place to let it double in size. This will take about 1 hour or less.

For the Pizza Sauce:

  • 5 medium size ripe tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 green chili or fresh red chili finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt ( according to taste)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder ( optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4 tbsp oil for cooking

Method:

1)  Place the chopped tomatoes into a mixer jar and pulse it for few seconds at a time to get a coarse mixture. We do not want to make a fine puree.



2) Heat oil in a sauce pan and fry garlic till light brown, followed by onion and fresh chili. Fry till everything is soft and oil separates.



3) Add crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar, oregano and black pepper. Stir well and cook on high heat for 2 minutes and bring to a boil.


4) Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and add red chili powder and cumin powder and continue to cook on low flame till all the water evaporates. ( This will take about 15 to 20 minutes)




For the topping (Spicy Chicken & Vegetables)

  • 500 gms boneless chicken chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp ginger & garlic paste (combined)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil for cooking

Method :

1) Heat oil in a pan and saute the chicken pieces for 1 minute.
2) Add rest of the ingredients and cook on low flame till chicken is fully cooked. Do not over cook as it might turn dry and rubbery.


Other Toppings:

  • Vegetables of your choice 
  • 3 to 4 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 fresh red chili chopped
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 50 gms of butter or less

Assembling the Pizza

1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

2) Grease the baking sheet with some oil.

3) Divide the dough into 4 parts (for large pizzas) or 6 parts (for small pizzas)


4) Place one part of the dough on the greased baking sheet.


5) The dough is soft enough to spread it and flatten it with your hands. Also prick the base with a fork to prevent it from rising in the process of baking. Here it is up to your choice whether to make a thin or thick crust pizza.





6) Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the base. And then generously sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese along with the vegetable, chicken and other toppings. Top with few chunks of butter.



7) Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven. Just keep a close eye while it is baking.




Recipe Summary

For the dough:

  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups of plain flour (plus more for kneading)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast + 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil + more for greasing 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water (little less or more as required)

Method:

1)  In a small bowl mix together sugar, yeast and warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes till it gets frothy and bubbly.
2)  In a large bowl add the flour, salt, oil and yeast mixture. Combine everything slowly by adding water and until it forms a soft sticky dough. You can either use a stand mixer or mix by hand.
3) If the dough is too sticky and difficult to manage, add additional flour, 1 tbsp at a time until the dough comes to a solid form. Scrape the dough from the sides and turn it on to a lightly floured surface on a clean table. 
4)  Knead the dough for sometime in a stretching form, in order to build the gluten. The overall texture of the dough should be soft and not hard. In case if it sticks too much to the surface, sprinkle some dry flour and form into a smooth dough. 
5)  Grease a large bowl with some oil and transfer the dough into it. Cover the bowl and keep it in a warm place to let it double in size. This will take about 1 hour or less.


For the Pizza Sauce:

  • 5 medium size ripe tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 green chili or fresh red chili finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt ( according to taste)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder ( optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4 tbsp oil for cooking

Method:


1)  Place the chopped tomatoes into a mixer jar and pulse it for few seconds at a time to get a coarse mixture. We do not want to make a fine puree.
2) Heat oil in a sauce pan and fry garlic till light brown, followed by onion and fresh chili. Fry till everything is soft and oil separates.
3) Add crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar, oregano and black pepper. Stir well and cook on high heat for 2 minutes and bring to a boil.
4) Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and add red chili powder and cumin powder and continue to cook on low flame till all the water evaporates. ( This will take about 15 to 20 minutes)


For the topping (Spicy Chicken & Vegetables)

  • 500 gms boneless chicken chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp ginger & garlic paste (combined)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil for cooking

Method :

1) Heat oil in a pan and saute the chicken pieces for 1 minute.

2) Add rest of the ingredients and cook on low flame till chicken is fully cooked. Do not over cook as it might turn dry and rubbery.

Other Toppings:

  • Vegetables of your choice (bell pepper, onion, tomato, mushroom, olives)
  • 3 to 4 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 fresh red chili chopped per pizza
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano per pizza
  • 25 gms of butter  or olive oil (as per your choice)

Assembling the Pizza

1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
2) Grease the baking sheet with some oil.
3) Divide the dough into 4 parts (for large pizzas) or 6 parts (for small pizzas)
4) Place one part of the dough on the greased baking sheet.
5) The dough is soft enough to spread it and flatten it with your hands. Also prick the base with a fork to prevent it from rising in the process of baking. Here it is up to your choice whether to make a thin or thick crust pizza.
6) Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the base. And then generously sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese along with the vegetable, chicken and other toppings. Top with few chunks of butter.
7) Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven. Just keep a close eye while it is baking.

2 comments:

  1. thank you shanaz for the lovely pizza recipe , this was my 1st pizza with home made base and sauce came out perfect . At first seeing the procedure I thought its too much work but its not very hard. my hubby loved it

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    1. Thanks Dilavez for your sincere comments.

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