I had a feeling we weren't going to like this. My husband doesn't love peanut butter (I know, right?) and I'm pretty darn loyal to tomato sauce pizzas. So I'm not sure why I chose to make this Thai Chicken Pizza with a peanut butter-based sauce but perhaps I was won over by the fact that I had pretty much all the ingredients on hand. For whatever reason, I put this pizza on the menu for this week.
While I was making the sauce last night, I even mentioned that we could always buy a pizza if this didn't turn out. Well, it did turn out. In a big way. I ended up halving the sauce which was perfect because it added great, creamy taste without being overpowering. And the toppings added so much to the pizza -- a generous sprinkling of mozzarella, fresh veggies (red bell pepper, green onion, sliced zucchini, grated carrot and chopped cilantro made it onto our pizza), cooked and shredded chicken and a squirt of Sriracha sauce. (Supposedly, this is supposed to be a knock off from California Pizza Kitchen's Thai Chicken Pizza although I've never had their pizza before.)
When I asked my husband what he thought (which seems particularly important since he consumed 75% of the pizza within 24 hours), he had two words: five stars. Maybe that says it all.
Thai Chicken Pizza
Taken from: Food.com
Makes 1 pizza
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used smooth)
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I used more like 1 1/2 teaspoons)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (or hot chili sauce), plus more for serving
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- pizza dough (I recommend this one)
- 1+ cup of mozzerella cheese
- red pepper, thinly sliced (I used about 1/2 red pepper)
- 2-4 tablespoons of grated carrot
- mung beans (omitted)
- zucchini, thinly sliced in rounds
- 2 green onions, sliced
- cooked chicken, shredded (I used 2 small cooked chicken breasts)
- approx. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- limes (completely forgot to add this but I bet it would be delicious!)
- Premake pizza dough (this one has to rise for about an hour).
- Preheat the oven to 500. If using a pizza stone, add stone to oven.
- To make sauce: Combine sauce ingredients in a small pan over medium heat. Bring the sauce to a boil; boil gently for one minute, stirring occasionally. (If the sauce seems too thin, simmer on the stove for several more minutes, stirring occasionally.) Set aside.
- Slice the vegetables and grate the carrots. Slice the limes to squeeze over the pizza when it is finished cooking.
- Roll out the pizza dough. Use a large spoon to spread sauce evenly over pizza dough within the rim. Top with cheese, then add vegetables and chicken (do not add cilantro or limes - they will be added after the pizza is cooked).
- Bake for 7-10 minutes until crisp and golden and cheese is bubbly. (Baking in a 500 degree oven that has been preheated for at least 30 minutes will help get the crust crispy).
- Garnish the pizza with minced cilantro and a squeeze of lime.