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. 


  1. love those plates!! the blue and white is just gorgeous!
    i've tagged you in a blog post:

  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