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A homemade pizza base with a Thai-inspired pizza sauce and spicy topping of chilli-chicken, spring onions, grated carrot and fresh coriander!
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- Pizza dough
- 235ml warm water (45 C)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons dried active yeast
- 375g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pizza sauce
- 3 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons brewed black tea
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons chilli oil
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Pizza topping
- 1 cooked chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 small fresh red chilli pepper, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 spring onions, sliced
- 120g mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 10g freshly chopped coriander
MethodPrep:40min ›Cook:20min ›Extra time:1hr rising › Ready in:2hr
- Pour warm water into a small bowl; stir in honey until dissolved. Add the yeast, stirring until dissolved. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add yeast mixture and olive oil; stir well to combine. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a clean, damp tea towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
- Punch down the risen dough on a floured surface. Divide into two equal portions. Allow the dough to relax for a minute, then roll each portion out into a thin circle. Place the pizza bases on lightly oiled pizza pans.
- To make the peanut sauce, place peanut butter, tea, rice vinegar, and soy sauce in a blender. Add chilli oil, ginger and honey; process until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, sesame seeds, paprika, chilli peppers, salt and 3 tablespoons of the peanut sauce. Mix until the chicken is evenly coated. Spread the remaining peanut sauce evenly over pizza base. Top with chicken, spring onions and mozzarella.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Garnish with grated carrots and fresh coriander.
Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(48)
Reviews in English (36)
I made this using a pillsbury pizza crust. Didn't have black tea, subbed lime juice. Also couldn't find red chile pepper so I put chile garlic paste in the sauce. This was FANTASTIC!-31 Dec 2010
This has potential, but it is really, really dry. It needs something moist in the topping, I think. Not sure what else to add... The peanut butter sauce is "okay", but it was pretty runny. Is the tea absolutely necessary? I heated up the sauce a bit to just thicken it so that it wouldn't just run off the crust.-14 Dec 2005
by Hot Chilli
Delicious! I made the base and it was a very soft dough. With the sauce, I omitted the Black Tea (but added garlic) and just stirred the ingredients to make a paste. I doubled the sauce and there was barely enough to cover the 2 bases so would triple it next time. Didn't add the paprika to the topping & don't think it's really needed. Overall this was a lovely, light pizza with a beautiful Asian flavour. Will be making again.-10 Apr 2008
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons brewed tea
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons chili oil
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 1/2 tablespoon green onions
1/2 pound chicken breast, cut in 1/4-inch strips
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 carrot, shredded
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
For the dough: In a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir until it dissolves. Let the yeast mixture stand for 5 minutes, until a layer of foam forms on the surface.
In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the olive oil and the yeast mixture. Stir the flour into the wet ingredients, until all the flour is incorporated. If its too dry, add more water. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 15 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.
Shape the dough into a ball and put in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with a moist towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (about 1-1/2 hours).
For the topping: Combine peanut butter and next 7 ingredients (to sesame oil) in a blender. Process until smooth. Set aside. In the meantime, season chicken strips with red pepper and salt. Saute in 2 tablespoons olive oil, until done (about 7 minutes).
Coat chicken with 2 tablespoons peanut sauce. Set aside in the refrigerator. Punch the dough down, and divide into 2 equal portions. Roll out each portion into an 9-inch flat circle. Spread 1/4 cup peanut sauce over the surface of each of the doughs. Distribute 1/2 of the cheese over the sauce. Repeat with other pizza. Distribute 1/2 of the chicken over the cheese. Repeat with other pizza.
Place the pizzas in the oven (on top of pizza stones). Bake until crust is crispy and cheese is bubbling (8-10 minutes). Remove pizzas from the oven and sprinkle each with carrot and cilantro.
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 500°F. Place a pizza stone in oven while it preheats.
Place pizza dough on a lightly floured surface roll into a 14- x 10-inch rectangle. Transfer to parchment paper. Pierce all over with a fork. Transfer dough and parchment to hot pizza stone bake at 500°F until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Combine coconut milk and next 6 ingredients (through ginger) in a bowl. Remove crust on parchment from oven. Spread 1/2 cup coconut milk mixture on crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with chicken, carrots, and cheese. Return pizza on parchment to hot pizza stone in oven bake at 500°F until cheese melts, about 4 minutes. Drizzle with remaining coconut milk mixture top with scallions, sprouts, and cilantro. Cut into 8 pieces.
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- 1/4 cup natural salt-free peanut butter
- 1 Tbs. San-J Reduced Sodium Tamari Sauce
- 1 Tbs. sambal oelek or other Asian chili paste
- 1 Tbs. sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp. tamarind concentrate
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
- 1/2 tsp. curry powder
- 1/4 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 1-lb. pkg. refrigerated pizza dough
- 4 white button mushrooms, thinly sliced (1 cup)
- 3/4 cup diced Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 small shallot, quartered and thinly sliced (1/4 cup)
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk together peanut butter, tamari, sambal oelek, sugar, tamarind concentrate, garlic, curry powder, oil, and ginger in small bowl.
2. Roll dough out to 12- x 17-inch rectangle on lightly floured work surface. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Spread peanut butter mixture over dough. Sprinkle with mushrooms, Chik’n Strips, bell pepper, and shallot.
3. Bake 25 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Cool 5 minutes, then sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired.
- ⅓ cup natural creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
- ½ cup thinly sliced green onions (4)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 16 ounce loaf frozen whole wheat bread dough, thawed
- 1 cup thin red sweet pepper strips (1 medium)
- ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)
- ½ cup snipped fresh cilantro
- Crushed red pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 475°F. In a small bowl combine peanut butter, the warm water, sugar, vinegar, and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Set aside.
In a medium skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until no longer pink. Add green onions and garlic cook and stir for 1 minute more. Add 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture. Cook and stir over low heat until chicken is coated. Remove from heat.
Coat a 12- to 14-inch pizza pan, large baking sheet, or pizza screen with cooking spray set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll bread dough into an 11- to 13-inch circle. Transfer to the prepared pizza pan. Spread dough with the remaining peanut butter mixture, adding water if necessary to reach spreading consistency. Top with chicken mixture, sweet pepper, and cheese.
Bake for 11 to 14 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is lightly browned. Sprinkle with cilantro and, if desired, additional crushed red pepper.
Heat a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper and cook until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Cut into small cubes.
Warm peanut sauce and coconut milk in medium saucepan. Whisk together the cornstarch and water and then add to the peanut sauce. Bring to a boil to thicken and then remove from the heat and cool.
Place the pizza crust on a pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread desired amount of peanut sauce over the crust. Put peanuts, half of scallions, chicken, and 1 cup of bean sprouts on crust. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining scallions and bean sprouts before serving. Serve with remaining peanut sauce, if desired.
Tip: This recipe is a mash-up of two popular cuisines and makes weeknight dinners a snap. Instead of the pre-baked crust, pick up 1 (12-oz to 1-lb) package of pizza dough in the deli department of the grocery store. Press the dough into the pizza pan and follow the recipe instructions as written. Increase the bake time to 18 to 20 minutes or until the crust is browned and cooked through.
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Getting a table at the 123-year-old original Rao’s restaurant in New York City is next to impossible. The tables are “owned” by regulars who schedule their meals months in advance, so every table is full every night, and that’s the way it’s been for the last 38 years. The only way an outsider would get to taste the restaurant’s fresh marinara sauce is to be invited by a regular.
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When picking your pork roast, try to find one without too much fat. If your roast has a thick cap of fat on it, trim off the excess. You want some fat in your braising liquid, but if the cap of fat is too thick, it may not fully render down and you’ll get chunks of fat in the shred.
It’s often assumed that the pork butt is from the rear end of the pig, even though cuts from the back region already have a name: ham. The pork butt, also known as a Boston butt, is cut from the other end, the upper shoulder of the pig. It’s called a “butt” because in pre-Revolutionary War New England the roasts were stored and transported in barrels called “butts”, and the confusing name stuck.
To get their Extra Crispy Chicken so crispy KFC breads the chicken two times. This double breading gives the chicken its ultra craggy exterior and extra crunch, which is a different texture than the less crispy Original Recipe Chicken that’s breaded just once and pressure fried.
As with my KFC Original Recipe hack, we must first brine the chicken to give it flavor and moisture all the way through, like the real thing, then the chicken is double breaded and deep fried until golden brown. KFC uses small chickens which cook faster, but small chickens can be hard to find. If your chicken parts are on the large side, they may not cook all the way through in the 12 to 15 minutes of frying I’m specifying here. To be sure your chicken is cooked, start frying with the thickest pieces, like the breasts, then park them in a 300-degree oven while you finish with the smaller pieces. This will keep the chicken warm and crispy, and more importantly, ensure that they are cooked perfectly all the way through.
On my CMT show Top Secret Recipe I chatted with Winston Shelton, a long-time friend of KFC founder Harland Sanders. Winston saw the Colonel's handwritten secret recipe for the Original Recipe chicken, and he told me one of the secret ingredients is Tellicherry black pepper. It's a more expensive, better-tasting black pepper that comes from the Malabar coast in India, and you should use it here if you can find it. Winston pulled me aside and whispered this secret to me when he thought we were off-camera, but our microphones and very alert cameramen caught the whole thing, and we aired it.
I first published this hack in Even More Top Secret Recipes, but recently applied some newly acquired secrets and tips to make this much-improved version of one of the most familiar fried chicken recipes in the world.
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King’s Hawaiian Rolls are similar to Texas Roadhouse Rolls in that they are both pillowy, sweet white rolls, so it made sense to dig out my Texas Roadhouse Rolls clone recipe and use it as a starting point. These new rolls had to be slightly softer and sweeter, so I made some adjustments and added a little egg for color. And by baking the dough in a high-rimmed baking pan with 24 dough balls placed snugly together, I ended up with beautiful rolls that rose nicely to the occasion, forming a tear-apart loaf just like the original, but with clean ingredients, and without the dough conditioners found in the packaged rolls.
Use these fluffy sweet rolls for sandwiches, sliders, or simply warmed up and slathered with soft European butter.
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Menu Description: “Creamy marsala wine sauce with mushrooms over grilled chicken breasts, stuffed with Italian cheeses and sundried tomatoes. Served with garlic mashed potatoes.”
This recipe includes a marsala sauce that even marsala sauce haters will like. My wife is one of those haters, but when she tried this sauce, her eyes lit up and she begged for more. That’s great, now I won’t have to eat alone.
Not only is Olive Garden's delicious marsala sauce hacked here (and it’s easy to make), you’ll also get the copycat hack for the chain's awesome Italian cheese stuffing that goes between the two pan-cooked chicken fillets. Build it, sauce it, serve it. The presentation is awesome, and the flavor will soothe your soul.
Try this dish paired with my recent clone of Olive Garden’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes for the complete O.G. Stuffed Chicken Marsala experience.
For many years this entree has been a top menu choice at Maggiano's, the 54-unit Italian chain from Brinker, the same company that operates Chili’s Grill & Bar. The $30 restaurant dish consists of three 2½-ounce tenderloin steaks, swimming in a fantastic balsamic cream sauce with sliced portobello mushrooms—but a home version of the signature dish is only seven easy steps away, and it won't hit you in the wallet as hard as the pricey original.
Cracking this dish required a perfect hack of the sauce, and that came quickly after obtaining some very reliable information from my incredibly helpful server/informant at a Las Vegas Maggiano’s. Let’s call him Skippy.
According to Skippy, the balsamic cream sauce is as simple as mixing a sweet balsamic glaze with the chain’s creamy alfredo sauce. So, I first got a sample of Maggiano’s alfredo sauce and figured out how to replicate it. Once that was done, I measured increments of balsamic glaze into the alfredo sauce until the color and flavor matched the original. The rest of the recipe was easy.
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Crafting a clone of Olive Garden’s signature Lasagna Classico became the perfect opportunity to create a beautiful multi-layered lasagna hack recipe that uses up the whole box of lasagna noodles and fills the baking pan all the way to the top. This Top Secret Recipe makes a lasagna that tips the scale at nearly 10 pounds and will feed hungry mouths for days, with every delicious layer copied directly from the carefully dissected Olive Garden original.
I found a few credible bits of intel in a video of an Olive Garden chef demonstrating what he claims is the real formula on a midday news show, but the recipe was abbreviated for TV and the chef left out some crucial information. One ingredient he conspicuously left out of the recipe is the secret layer of Cheddar cheese located near the middle of the stack. I wasn’t expecting to find Cheddar in lasagna, but when I carefully separated the layers from several servings of the original dish, there was the golden melted cheesy goodness in every slice.
This clone recipe will make enough for 8 big portions, but if you make slightly smaller slices this is easily enough food to fill twelve lasagna-loving bellies. If you like lasagna, you're going to love this version.
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A requirement of any visit to Chicago is eating at least one slice of deep dish pizza in the city that perfected it. Deep dish pizza quickly became a Chicago staple after Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo opened the first Pizzeria Uno in 1943 and served a hearty new style of pizza constructed in a high-rimmed cake pan. The yeast crust was tender and flakey, like a pastry, and the cheese was layered under the sauce so that it wouldn’t burn in a hot oven for the long cooking time.
While researching a home hack of this now-iconic recipe, I discovered an unexpected technique that I hadn’t seen in other deep dish recipes. Employees told me the pizza crusts are partially cooked each morning to cut down on the wait time for customers. Before the restaurant opens each day, cooks press the dough into a pan and then sprinkle it with a little shredded cheese. The shells are then partially baked and set aside. Later, when an order comes in, the pizza is built into one of the par-baked crusts and finished off. This way customers get their food faster, and the tables turn over quicker.
Copying that delicious, flakey crust was the task that took me the longest. After two weeks of baking, I finally settled on a formula that was a mash-up of yeast dough and pie crust and made a perfectly tender deep dish crust, with great flavor that exactly mimicked the original. If you like Uno, you will love this.
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This recipe will make enough sauce for two pizzas. I just thought you should know that in case you get the urge to make another deep dish after this one disappears.
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A popular staple of any Chinese chain is the fried rice so it better be good, and the version served at Panda Express most certainly is. Here's an easy hack when you need a stress-free, low-cost side for your entrées. But I do suggest that you cook the white rice several hours or even a day or two before you plan to make the finished dish. I found that the cooked rice called for in this recipe works best when it's cold.
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“Don’t call them fries,” says KFC about its popular side made with sliced, skin-on russet potatoes. What sets these potatoes apart from all the others is the secret breading made with a similar seasoning blend to the one used for Colonel's Original Recipe Fried Chicken. To achieve the proper crispiness, the potatoes are par-fried, frozen, then fried again until golden brown.
One important ingredient that completes the flavor is MSG. Monosodium glutamate is a food additive derived from glutamic acid, which is an important amino acid found in abundance in nature, food, and in you right now. Over the last 60 years of study and use, MSG has not only been found harmless in normal amounts, but tests have shown glutamate to be a chemical messenger that benefits gut health, immunity, and brain functions such as memory and learning. In addition to all of that, it imparts a unique savoriness that enhances flavors in other ingredients and makes your food taste amazing. Using MSG in your food is, literally, smart cooking.
Another important ingredient is ground Tellicherry black pepper, a select black pepper from India. Winston Shelton, a friend of Harland Sanders who invented the first high-volume pressure fryers for KFC, confirmed this. Shelton recalled seeing the ingredient when Sanders showed him the secret formula for the fried chicken seasoning he had scribbled on a piece of paper.
While we were shooting the first episode of my TV Show, Top Secret Recipe, Winston pulled me aside and whispered to me that Tellicherry pepper is crucial to creating the unique KFC aftertaste. It was a great tip, and fortunately, we caught that moment on camera and you can see it in the show. Later, I conducted a side-by-side taste test with common black pepper and Tellicherry black pepper and discovered Winston was right. If you want the best taste for your clone you'll need Tellicherry pepper, which you can find online and in some food stores. Be sure to grind it fine before using it.
For this recipe, just two russet potatoes are all it takes to make the equivalent of a large serving of fried potato wedges, which will be enough for at least four people.
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Braised Beef Pasta Menu Description: “Slow-simmered meat sauce with tender braised beef and Italian sausage, tossed with ruffled pappardelle pasta and a touch of alfredo sauce—just like Nonna’s recipe.”
It’s a mistake to assume that a recipe posted to a restaurant chain’s website is the real recipe for the food served there. I’ve found this to be the case with many Olive Garden recipes, and this one is no exception. A widely circulated recipe that claims to duplicate the chain’s classic Bolognese actually originated on Olive Garden’s own website, and if you make that recipe you’ll be disappointed when the final product doesn’t even come close to the real deal. I won’t get into all the specifics of the things wrong with that recipe (too much wine, save some of that for drinking!), but at first glance it’s easy to see that a few important ingredients found in traditional Bolognese sauces are conspicuously missing, including milk, basil, lemon, and nutmeg.
I incorporated all those missing ingredients into this new hack recipe, tweaked a few other things, and then tested several methods of braising the beef so that it comes out perfectly tender: covered, uncovered, and a combo. The technique I settled on was cooking the sauce covered for 2 hours, then uncovered for 1 additional hour so that the sauce reduces and the beef transforms into a fork-flakeable flavor bomb. Yes, it comes from Olive Garden, but this Bolognese is better than any I’ve had at restaurants that charge twice as much, like Rao’s where the meat is ground, not braised, and they hit you up for $30.
As a side note, Olive Garden’s menu says the dish comes with ruffled pappardelle pasta, but it’s actually mafaldine, a narrower noodle with curly edges (shown in the top right corner of the photo). Pappardelle, which is the traditional pasta to serve with Bolognese, is a very wide noodle with straight edges, and it’s more familiar than mafaldine, so perhaps that’s why the menu fudges this fact. In the end, it doesn’t really matter which pasta you choose. Just know that a wide noodle works best. Even fettuccine is good here.
For the little bit of alfredo sauce spooned into the middle of the dish I went with a premade bottled sauce to save time. You can also make this from scratch if you like (I’ve got a great hack for Olive Garden’s Alfredo Sauce), but it’s such a small amount that premade sauce in either a chilled tub from the deli section or in a bottle off the shelf works great here.
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A fusion of Asian and American, this pizza offers a 100% whole wheat crust topped with spicy peanut sauce, scallions and chicken for a savory, flavorful treat!
Recipe courtesy of King Arthur Flour. For more information, visit kingarthurflour.com.
- 1 cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
- Small pinch of instant yeast
- ½ cup cool tap water
The evening before you want to make the pizza, make the overnight starter. In a medium bowl mix the flour and yeast. Stir in the cold water until all is well blended the mixture will be slightly sticky. If it seems too thick or dry add another tablespoon of water to adjust the consistency. If it seems soupy, add another tablespoon of flour. Lightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 12-15 hours. It will puff slightly and develop flavor and structure.
- All of the overnight starter
- 1¼ cups cool water
- 2½ cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour
- 1½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp instant yeast
The next day to make the dough, place all of the overnight starter in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the cool water and stir to break up the starter. Add the flour, salt and yeast. Mix the dough on speed two for 5 minutes. This dough is a wet dough, don’t be tempted to add more flour.
Remove the dough hook, loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature to rise. Every 30 minutes for 2 hours (a total of 3 folds), grasp the dough on one side and lift it slightly, pulling to fold it over the rest of the dough. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat the fold. Turn the bowl and repeat again. Re-cover the bowl and set aside for another 30 minutes. Dipping your hands in a bowl of cool water prior to working with the dough will help prevent the dough from sticking to you.
Thai Chicken Toppings Ingredients
- 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 cup Thai Fish Sauce (available in the international food section of your grocery store)
- Juice of 1 lime
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp Thai chili garlic paste
- ½ cup Thai spicy peanut sauce
- 1 small bunch scallions, chopped
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, or pizza cheese blend
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Thai Chicken Toppings Instructions
Cut the chicken breast into large chunks. Place in a medium non-reactive bowl and add the fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and chili garlic paste. Mix well and refrigerate, covered, for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight. This can be done at the same time as the overnight starter, if desired.
Set the EGG for direct cooking at 400°F/204°C.
Cook chicken in Stir-Fry and Paella Pan with about half of the marinade, discard remaining marinade. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink inside and the liquid has reduced and coats the chicken. The chicken should still be quite moist at this point. Set aside to cool slightly, then chop into small bite sized pieces.
Add the convEGGtor and set the EGG for indirect cooking at 450°F/232°C.
Remove half of the dough to a Dough Rolling Mat. Wet you hands with cool water and gently press the dough into a circle. If the dough resists stretching, let it rest for a few minutes, then shape again. Keep your fingertips wet to prevent sticking and tearing of the dough. Move the dough circle to a sheet of parchment paper. Repeat this process with other half of dough.
Top each pizza with half of the Thai peanut sauce, half of the chopped scallions, half of the chicken and half of the pizza cheese. Bake the pizza on the EGG for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Remove from the EGG, top with fresh chopped cilantro and serve.
- Take some naan
- Spread on peanut sauce
- Top with monterey jack cheese (I love this flavor, because it’s mild, but creamy)
- Top with leftover cooked chicken – you can use rotisserie, baked, instant pot shredded chicken, whatever you have as long as it’s not really seasoned or mildly seasoned
- Top with shredded carrots, finely diced red bell peppers, cilantro, green onions, and peanuts for some crunch
It’s PERFECT for quick and easy back to school dinners, quick lunches, or take out fake out weekend meals.
I just can’t get over how something SO easy can be quite SO delicious.
Chewy naan, peanut-ty sauce, gooey cheese, chicken, veggies, fresh herbs, and crunchy peanuts?