Sunday, August 2, 2009

♥Cheese & Chilli Chicken Pizza ♥ O-So-Moreish! ♥



Yesterday while I was pottering around in our kitchen wondering what I should cook today... I saw a bottle of pizza sauce in the cupboard. I got it from Ooty few months ago.
We all LOVE pizza! And it was something I have never made from scratch...especially the base. So after a small brainstorming session with Amma we decided upon making a pizza :) And the happiest person to hear the decision was my brother! :D He just can't resist a good pizza...

I had bookmarked a pizza base recipe from Smitten Kitchen long back and never got to try it till date...so thought of trying it out today! :)


♥ Cheese & Chill Chicken Pizza♥

Things you'll need:

Pizza base- 1 no. ( recipe follows)
Pizza sauce- homemade/store bought
Cheese-100 g ( I used Cheeza from Britannia)
Chilli chicken-1 portion (recipe follows)
Chilli flakes-2-3 tbsp

Pizza base
Recipe adapted verbatim from Smitten Kitchen

Makes enough for one small, thin crust pizza. Double it if you like your pizza thick and bready.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour (can replace up to half of this with whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (may need up to 1 or 2 tablespoons more)
1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Stir dry ingredients, including yeast, in a large bowl. Add water and olive oil, stirring mixture into as close to a ball as you can. Dump all clumps and floury bits onto a lightly floured surface and knead everything into a homogeneous ball.
  • If you are finding this step difficult, one of the best tricks I picked up from my bread-making class is to simply pause. Leave the dough in a lightly-floured spot, put the empty bowl upside-down on top of it and come back in 2 to 5 minutes, at which point you will find the dough a lot more lovable.
  • Knead it for just a minute or two. Lightly oil the bowl where you had mixed it — one-bowl recipe! — dump the dough in, turn it over so all sides are coated, cover it in plastic wrap and leave it undisturbed for an hour or two, until it has doubled in size.
  • Dump it back on the floured counter and gently press the air out of the dough with the palm of your hands. Fold the piece into an approximate ball shape, and let it sit under that plastic wrap for 20 more minutes.
  • Sprinkle a pizza stone or baking sheet with cornmeal and preheat your oven to its top temperature. Roll out the pizza, toss on whatever topping and seasonings you like.
  • Bake it for about 10 minutes until it’s lightly blistered and impossible to resist.

Chilli chicken
Recipe adapted from Nita Mehta

Ingredients:
Boneless chicken/Chicken breast -100 g cut into 1/2" pieces
Red chilli paste or red chilli powder- 1/4 tsp
Soya sauce- 1 tsp
Salt & pepper to taste
Cornflour-2 tsp
Oil for frying

Method
  • Marninate the chicken pieces with everything except cornflour and leave aside for 30 mins.
  • Drain the excess marinade , add cornflour and mix well.
  • Fry the pieces in oil.
  • Mix with 1 tbsp of the sauce to keep the chicken succulent.

Assembly:
  • Roll out the base.
  • Smear the sauce, grate some cheese over it.
  • Sprinkle some chilli flakes over it.
  • Arrange the chicken pieces.
  • Grate some cheese over it again.
  • BAKE!!! :)
The pizza was over in 3 mins FLAT!! Need I say anymore?? :D We actually had a fight (me n my bro) for more wedges :P I was trying to save atleast one for my dad and he was eyeing that as well! All this happend in less than 3 mins and by the end of it...I was tired BUT very happy! :D

The base was super good and the chicken pieces remained soft & juicy! Even before my bro had his 2nd bite... this was the conversation:

Bro:Is it difficult to make?
Me:No(I knew what was coming! :D)
Bro: ( a very very broad grin)
Me: (was very happy cos that meant 'Please make it often')

Off it goes to YEASTSPOTTING !


19 Comments:

Divya Kudua said...

Hmmmmm...lovely pizza...I love the crust..:).The conversation between you and your bro sounded cute:)

And yeah..you keep making me breathless with your awesome pics..:)

Jamie said...

I make pizza quite often but always the same toppings. This looks simple and fabulous! Exotic compared to plain old Italian! Great one!

Suparna said...

Looks yummilicious Ria, keep up the good work :)
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Abhilash Pillai said...

wow this looks really amazing...
It's long I had such a nice pizza...

But happy that I had kerala's pizza today...

This is kerala's own pizza and not a aquisition to any foreign recipies.. It is called in alleppy and areas sorrounding as "thengabun".

Also no need for a fork and knife. :D

I never tried such a pizza like yours at home...It is jabardast recipe.

When I eat cheese pizza from pizza hut it appears to me as if eating chewing gum combined with bread. :D

Audax said...

Good to hear that the pizza went down so well and I just love how the crust looks so delicious and thick. I'm sure you will be making these often as they are so tasty and easy. Homemade is so much better than store bought. And you can freeze them so well and I prebake the crusts half way through and then freeze this makes sure that the base is super crisp and the topping is hot when you bake them. Sometimes the crusts don't cook as fast as the toppings.

And your macarons look great for a first batch in high humidity - moist climates make macarons very difficult to make so you did very very well with them. And thanks for your nice comments you left on my blog about my macarons it been very dry in Sydney at the moment good for macaron making. Audax

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow! Nice recipe and yummy looking pics ..hehe last pic ! Nice !

Chef Jeena said...

I always love your recipes, chicken pizza has been my favourite pizza for years - yours looks so scrumptious!

Maria said...

yummy pizza!! your bro is really lucky to have you, my dear :) I havent tired pizza yet, the recipe sounds easy to make. I think I should try it sometime :)

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Congratulations on your first pizza! It looks delightful.

Smitha said...

LOL! 3 mins?? That's a bad record. I would have had ur pizza in 1 min;)

Superchef said...

saw you on twitter and thats how i came to your blog..cant believe i havent been here earlier...awesome space!! the pizza just looks mouthwatering! :)

Snooky doodle said...

i m getting hungry looking at this pizza. yummy!

Mimi said...

I love your chicken recipe, I'll have to try it on my next pizza.

Once you make homemade pizza, you never to back...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm drooling... That pizza looks so good!

Cheers,

Rosa

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Look Ria, I love your food so much that I actually read through and commented on a non-dessert post!! It rarely ever happens!! But this pizza looks fabulous!! I'm so going to make this! This doesn't go too much into the cooking side, and if it does, I can always get my cook to do those parts :P :P

Maria said...

Ria kutty, I made this pizza for dinner today. It was great!! I didnt know pizza making was this easy :). Thanks a lot dear for sharing this recipe and I will be making it again for sure :) Thanks to smitten kitchen too :)

Zaara said...

Yum!!! sending you some link love -I was making pizza and decided to mix up your idea of chicken with Deb's idea of grilled eggplants. YUM-MO!

fathima said...

hi can i make pizza in a microwave

Ria Mathew said...

Fathima- Sorry, I don't use MV for cooking/baking. But as far as I have heard, if your MV has convection mode, you can bake in it.

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