Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza

Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza

A delicious homemade pizza with garlic, chicken, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and baby spinach

Yield: 

16 slices

Ingredients: 

Crust Ingredients:

1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 to 2.5 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Sauce Ingredients:

1/3 cup Light or Fat Free Italian salad dressing*
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper

Toppings:

3-4 cups (12-16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1-2 cups cooked cubed chicken breast**
1/3 cup Sun Dried tomatoes
1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup diced onions, optional
1 cup (or one small handful) fresh baby spinach leaves
1 medium-large Roma tomato, diced

Crushed red pepper, for serving (optional)
Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza

Instructions: 

1. To make pizza crust, combine warm water and salt in a mixing bowl. Add about 2 cups of the flour, along with the yeast, and stir until a sticky dough forms. Add more flour as needed, and knead dough with clean hands until a soft, elastic dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes or so.

If you have a bread machine, set machine to "dough" cycle and put ingredients into the machine in order listed. (Start with 2 cups of flour and add more as it kneads if the dough looks too sticky.) Dough should be slightly sticky, but smooth and elastic. I allow my bread machine to knead the dough for about 15 minutes (or until dough looks smooth and elastic) before turning off the machine and pulling out the dough to use.

2. Liberally butter a 16-inch round pizza pan. With clean buttery hands, spread and press the dough into the pan to form a pizza crust.

3. Mix sauce ingredients together and spread over the dough. Sprinkle toppings on. I listed the toppings in the order I prefer to add them (sun dried tomatoes can get too dark if they're added last; the spinach shrinks substantially as it cooks and will look like a lot less in the end!).

If you like a thinner crust, pre-heat oven and bake immediately.f you prefer a slightly thicker/fluffier crust, allow pizza to rest for 15-20 minutes before baking.

4. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, until the crust is browned on bottom and the toppings are hot and bubbly.

If I'm using a thinner, non-stick pizza pan, I bake it on the top oven rack. For a heavier/thicker stainless steel pan, I use the bottom oven rack to ensure that the crust gets fully cooked.

5. Remove pizza from oven; cut into slices after about 5 minutes. Serve with crushed red pepper and Parmesan cheese if desired.

Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza

Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza

Additional Notes: 

*I have used Wishbone brand, no-name store brands, Kraft, or even homemade (although I prefer the commercial dressing as it is more flavorful).

**Leftover grilled chicken breast is perfect on this pizza! When we have leftover chicken breast, I cube it and freeze for later. So handy!

This recipe was featured in 10 Fabulous Foods We Make At Home (Not Buy!) :)

Preparation Time: 

30-40 minutes

Cooking Time: 

10-12 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

I created this recipe after having Papa Murphy's Herb Chicken Mediterranean deLITE pizza. We think it tastes very similar... but we like the homemade crust a lot better, and we add more of the toppings. YUM!!

I really like this pizza combo... I love garlic, and this pizza definitely has a nice garlic flavor. We think the leftover pizza has a stronger flavor than when it's first made. I love it but Joshua doesn't like it quite as well leftover. :)

Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza

Comments

It was really good!!! i really enjoyed the unique blend of flavors on this pizza! I thought it would be really good with mushrooms too

Rating: 
5

This pizza was a hit with my family, and I will certainly be making it again! I love the fresh spinach! It added great color and flavor.

I found the Italian dressing to be a bit too vinegary; next time I plan to brush the crust with olive oil, sauteed garlic, salt, and pepper instead of the dressing. I'll also probably add some fresh herbs, depending on what I have on hand, to increase the "herb" factor in Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza. :)

Rating: 
5

This has become a new favorite recipe in our house. We all love it just as you have directed. The only change I have made is sometimes I can't get roma tomatoes and so I use plum tomatoes. Delicious either way!!! Great combination of flavors.

Rating: 
5

I made this pizza today for supper and it turned out fantastic. The crust turned out nice and crispy and the combination of flavours was great. I think I'd also like to try it with garlic butter instead of the Italian dressing. Definitely a keeper.

Rating: 
5

I followed the recipe except I used Greek dressing. Loved it! Will make it often!

Rating: 
5

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