Sunday, May 15, 2011
Pizza and pasta would probably be my last resort dishes for when I have no idea what to make for dinnfer. Get some premade dough, gather up your favorite toppings, put it all together, pop it in the oven then several minutes later, you got yourself a meal. I always keep a small supply of premade dough in the freezer for just in case moments. It really does help. Just take one out of the freezer, thaw and you're ready to go. For this pizza, I went for a little grilled chicken. Luckily, I had myself a coupon that I had received courtesy of Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program and Tyson Chicken. I gotta say coupons are cool. Have you ever seen that show Extreme Couponing???
Tyson's Grilled & Ready. It's basically chicken breast that's already cook and ready to eat at any time. (Found in the freezer section) It too me two stores to find it, but I did. You have your choice of the whole breast or precut into strips. I went for the strips. I think this is great for those who don't like having to deal with raw chicken. Or are just pressed for time in terms of cooking a meal. Just thaw from the freezer and add to your favorite dish like a salad. Or heat it it slightly to add into a sandwich. The chicken is appropriately seasoned and tender (once thawed, of course.) So you're not getting some bland pieces that need to be jazzed up.
For my pizza it definitely cut the cooking time in half. No need to lug out a pan and cook some raw chicken and then make the pizza. Anyway...along with the chicken I added some pineapple. i think it would have to be my new favorite topping on a pizza. Must not forget lots of cheese and a touch of dry herbs. You can use fresh herbs as well. I would prefer the latter, but that's one item on the grocery list I haven't been able to get yet.
Now that I have my mind on pizza...I'm thinking about dessert pizzas. Ooo... stay tuned!
Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Pizza
8-10 small pieces Tyson's Grilled & Ready Chicken Strips
1/3 c pineaplpe tidbits
1 pizza dough or 1 ready-made pizza crust
3 Tbsp tomato sauce
1 cup shredded 4-cheese mix
1/3 c parmesan
1 Tbsp garlic powder
4 Tbsp dry basil
2 Tbsp dry parsley
2 Tbsp dry thyme
extra virgin olive oil
Preheat your oven to 400˚F
Roll out the rough to your desired size. Poke the dough with a fork to allow even baking. Place the dough onto an oven safe pan.
Spread the tomato sauce leaving room for the crust. Sprinkle garlic powder, dry thyme, dry parsley, 2 Tbsp of the dray basil. (Note: You may use fresh herbs as well)
Then evenly spread over the 4-cheese mix, followed by the Tyson's Grilled Chicken and pineapple bits. Finally top the pizza with the parmesan and remaining 2 Tbsp of dry basil. drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is baked through and the cheese has thoroughly melted.