A few weeks ago we drove to Laramie to attend an event and I asked my friend Reagan, who had lived there for a while, which restaurants are tasty. She recommended Grand Avenue Pizza, especially their Thai Chicken Pizza.
We went. We ate. We enjoyed. We got fat.
And I resolved to copy their pizza.
I love that about pizza - it's fairly easy to duplicate at home. Especially if you cook it on the grill so you can get that authentic pizza oven taste.
I had some precooked chicken and tossed it in a Thai sauce I made.
Totally aside: I was super proud of myself for winging it on the sauce. Usually when I make something completely new to me, I'll go online and read about 20 similar recipes to get the gist of what flavors need to be used. However, in this instance, I let the spice cupboard and pantry speak to me.
And sent out a little hope and a little prayer.
It's a little bit intimidating trying to duplicate someone else's recipe. Especially when you've promised your said friend, who loves the original, a slice or two.
Don't you just love it when the cheese gets bubbly and golden brown like that? It's a happy sight.
Anyhow. I heart this pizza. The gooey melted cheese. The savory chicken. The depth from the toasted sesame seeds. The freshness of the green onions. It's all good, my friends. It's all dang good.
Oh, and if you for a single second think about using pregrated mozzarella for this - I may smack you. Generally, I'm a pretty easy going lady and ignore 89.7% of all the hoity toity cooking "rules" out there. But one thing that can really turn homemade pizza into something incredible is by buying fresh mozzarella (Kroger has it for a mere $4 in their regular cheese section) and then grating it. It will take about 2 minutes and make a world of difference.
Thai Chicken Pizza
Yields 1 large pizza
1 cooked chicken breast, chopped
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. molasses
1/8 c. sugar
1/3 c. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. onion powder
dash of ground ginger
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 lb. pizza dough
12-16 ounces of fresh mozzarella, grated
4 green onions, sliced
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
In a saucepan, combine soy sauce, lemon juice, molasses, sugar, chicken broth, onion powder, ginger and paprika. Cook over medium heat, stirring until all ingredients are well-combined. Whisk in cornstarch quickly and add in chicken. Cook for a minute and then remove from heat.
Press dough out onto a pizza stone that has been lightly oiled and sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Top with chicken, drizzling on a bit of the sauce at the same time. Then sprinkle on both the green onions and sesame seeds.
Bake at 400 (or cook it on the grill) for 15-20 minutes and the crust is cooked through and the cheese becomes golden brown. Enjoy!