Sunday, September 26, 2010

Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas

The only recipe I am going to get to try this month is Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas.  The week before I left for vacation the recipe popped up on the Food Network.  I knew I needed to try it.  And didn't feel like cooking when I got back last week.  The recipe comes from Aaron Mccargo, Jr. aka Big Daddy. 

Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas

For the taco seasoning:
2 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. cracked black pepper

For the Pizza:
1/4 c. canola oil, plus more for brushing
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 16 oz tube pizza dough
all-purpose flour for dusting
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1 c. shredded sharp cheddar

Make taco seasoning: mix all the ingredients in a bowl. 
Prepare the pizza:  mix 2 tbsp. of the taco seasoning and the canola oil in a shallow bowl.  pound the chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick.  add the chicken to the bowl, turning to coat, and marinate 30 minutes. 
Preheat a grill to medium high.  Grill chicken until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.  Let cool, then cut into bite-size pieces. 


Divide the dough into 3 pieces.  Roll out each on a floured surface into an 8 inch round.  Brush with canola oil, sprinkle with taco seasoning and grill until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes per side; remove from the grill.



Mix the cheese in a bowl, then sprinkle on the crusts and top with the chicken.  Return the pizzas to the grill and cook until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. 


 Meanwhile, mix the avocado, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, red onion, salt and pep
per to taste.  Top the pizzas with the avocado mixture.



A few things I learned.  Pay attention to the time when the dough is on the grill.  I burned them pretty badly and had to cut off the burnt parts before assembling the pizzas (only one side got burned).  Way to go me!! I also need to remember to start grilling sooner now that it is getting darker sooner.  The chicken is good on its own and I will be using the extra to make tacos with for dinner this week.   I didn't use all the taco seasoning but have saved it to use down the road.  I don't like avocados so I skipped that and mixed together some salsa and three cheese ranch dressing for my topping.  I couldn't find a 16 oz can of the pizza dough the can I got from Pillsbury was 13.5 oz and I only got two pizzas out of it.  Just right for me.  Though if I could have rolled the dough out better I might have gotten more.  I lost my rolling pin in my move, yep I know it was 6 years ago, and haven't replaced it yet but now have the motivation to replace it. 

The pizza was great.  I will be making this again and watching the dough so it won't burn in the future. 

5 comments :

  1. love those plates!! the blue and white is just gorgeous!
    i've tagged you in a blog post: http://howimetyourfatherblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/little-miss-blog-list.html

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  2. i used to be so nervous about chicken on pizza...not sure why i didn't think i'd like it. anyway, i'm sold now! yours looks delish! and congrats on the tag from little miss! you rock lady! xoxo

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