Grilled Chicken Pizza

October 29th, 2008

Homemade pizza is really, really good. In fact, I’m going to be making this a lot more.  And I’m not just saying that because there are two more balls of pizza dough currently sitting in my freezer.

I’ve tried to make pizza once before, as one of my first forays into breadbaking. And it was before I knew what I was doing, and in retrospect, I know now that my yeast was dead (poor yeast!), because the dough barely rose and was completely inelastic. Not surprisingly, then, I couldn’t roll it thin enough to make a delicious thin-crust pizza.

This dough, though, was perfect. A little wet, which made it a little tricky to work with, but it was perfectly thin and baked up crispy. I used my favorite shortcut tomato sauce (tomato paste, water, parmesan cheese and spices), grated mozzarella, and grilled chicken, and YUM!

The dough takes a lot of resting, but once you’ve made it, it’s freezeable for months. I can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t have a few pizza crusts ready to go at all times — can you?

Grilled Chicken Pizza

4 1/2 Cups bread flour or all purpose flour, chilled
1 3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp instant yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
1 3/4 cups water, ice cold
1 tbsp sugar
Semolina/durum flour or cornmeal for dusting
1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
3/4 cups water
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 chicken breast, rubbed with olive oil
Mozzarella cheese


Mix together the flour, salt and instant yeast in a large bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer). Add the oil, sugar and cold water and mix well to form a sticky ball of dough. On a clean surface, knead for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and the ingredients are homogeneously distributed. If it is too wet, add a little flour and if it is too dry add 1 or 2 teaspoons extra water.

Flour a work surface or counter. Line a jelly pan with baking paper/parchment. Lightly oil the paper. Turn the dough out onto the counter and cut the dough into 6 equal pieces. Gently round each piece into a ball. Transfer the dough balls to the lined jelly pan and mist them generously with spray oil. Slip the pan into plastic bag or enclose in plastic food wrap.

Put the pan into the refrigerator and let the dough rest overnight or for up to thee days.

On the day you plan to eat pizza, exactly 2 hours before you make it, remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator. Dust the counter with flour and spray lightly with oil. Press the dough into disks about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with flour and mist with oil. Loosely cover the dough rounds with plastic wrap and then allow to rest for 2 hours.

Make the tomato sauce by mixing together tomato paste, water, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, smoked paprika. Grill the chicken in a grill pan for 10 minutes on high heat, flipping halfway through, and allow to cool. Chop the chicken into small pieces and set aside.

At least 45 minutes before making the pizza, place a baking stone on the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven as hot as possible (500° F). Take 1 piece of dough by lifting it with a pastry scraper. Lay the dough across your fists in a very delicate way and carefully stretch it by bouncing it in a circular motion on your hands, and by giving it a little stretch with each bounce. Once the dough has expanded outward, move to a full toss.

When the dough has the shape you want, top it with the tomato sauce, chicken and cheese. Slide the garnished pizza onto the stone in the oven and bake for about 5-8 minutes. After 2 minutes baking, take a peek. For an even baking, rotate 180°.

Take the pizza out of the oven and transfer it to a cutting board or your plate. In order to allow the cheese to set a little, wait 3-5 minutes before slicing or serving.

Tags: food · main dishes

39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jo // Oct 29, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Your pizza looks delish! Nice pictures as well.

  • 2 Nujoi // Oct 29, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Looks good! Homemade pizza is one of my favorites too.

  • 3 Olga // Oct 29, 2008 at 7:27 am

    That looks great. I think it might have been my favorite challenge in the last few months 😉

  • 4 Mary // Oct 29, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Your pizza looks super yummy! I wish I hadn’t halved the recipe so that I would have some in my freezer too!

  • 5 Elizabeth // Oct 29, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Delicious!! Pizza is definitely so easy once you get the hang of it! who knew

  • 6 RecipeGirl // Oct 29, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Aw darn, I just used my last pizza ball last night.  This does look quite delicious!

  • 7 Maria // Oct 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I am going to have to make some pizza this weekend. It looks so good!!

  • 8 Gera // Oct 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Hi Katy,

    Absolutely delicious!… You’re making me hungry!

    Do you make deliveries?? 😉

  • 9 Ruth // Oct 29, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Your pizza looks delicious!  I love your pictures

  • 10 VeggieGirl // Oct 29, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Hooray for perfect homemade pizza!! 🙂

  • 11 MyKitchenInHalfCups // Oct 29, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Yes!  I mean what could be a better emergency meal to be able to come up with!  I love that lots of work, most of it is done before.
    Gorgeous pizza Katy.

  • 12 patsyk // Oct 29, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I love the way that pizza looks!  Delicious!

  • 13 sweetbird // Oct 29, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Your pizza looks divine! Just out of curiosity though, how did the crust bake up on the SilPat? I used the whole slide it onto the baking stone method and ended up all malformed. I’m wondering if the Silpat on a baking sheet might be a better option…

  • 14 Caitlin // Oct 29, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    That’s my favorite part about this recipe – I have two more dough balls just waiting to be made into pizza whenever I want it!  Glad this foray into pizzas went a bit more smoothly than the first!

  • 15 Kristen // Oct 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Pizza party on Friday night? 🙂

  • 16 ttfn300 // Oct 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    i keep meaning to make more pizza…  thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • 17 heather // Oct 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    mmm that looks delicious!  i love homemade pizza crust!  it’s so good 🙂

  • 18 Dragon // Oct 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Your pizza sounds so delicious.  Great job!

  • 19 Y // Oct 29, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Great pizza. Good to know you can freeze the dough too, as I can’t imagine I’ll always have two days to make pizza whenever I feel like it! 🙂

  • 20 Maggie // Oct 29, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I have to give your fallback sauce a try.  I’m always coming up short of tomato sauce or canned tomatoes and want to make pizza.

  • 21 Erin // Oct 29, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    This looks so delicious!  I love the chicken topping!

  • 22 Rita // Oct 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I recently discovered a super easy pizza dough recipe (which I plan to post/share soon) and we are having a lot more pizza nights here at home. There is something about having a home made pizza at home that feels so rewarding, no? Yours looks really good!

  • 23 Joy the Baker // Oct 29, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Pizza everywhere!  This looks so so good!

  • 24 HoneyB // Oct 30, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    This pizza looks so good!  I haven’t had lunch and I’m starving – would love some of this!

  • 25 Nirvana's Kitchen // Oct 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    this looks delicious — thanks for the pizza dough recipe — was looking for a tried and tested one 🙂

  • 26 Tarah // Oct 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Yuum! Perfect pizza in my opinion ;] Awesome job!

  • 27 Lynn // Oct 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Wow, your pizza looks superb.  It looks highly professional.  Well done, indeed.

  • 28 Rosa // Oct 30, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Your pizza looks extremely scrumptious! I love the choice of toppings!



  • 29 kaibigan7 // Oct 30, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    This looks DIVINE. I love grilled chicken on pizza!

  • 30 katy // Oct 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks everyone!!!!

    Sweetbird — I think the silipat worked really well!  I don’t have a pizza stone, so I just used a regular half-sheet baking pan, and it turned out great (although it took a couple minutes longer to cook)!  But it was golden on the bottom and still crispy, so I think the silipat definitely worked!

  • 31 katie // Oct 31, 2008 at 12:13 am

    I made a grilled chicken pizza as well but with pesto and sundried tomatoes. It was good…..tasted as good as yours looks!

  • 32 clumbsycookie // Nov 1, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    What a yummy looking thing! I love chicken in pizzas!

  • 33 Lisa // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Perfect pizza!  It looks utterly delectable 🙂

  • 34 Jane // Nov 2, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    No, I can’t think of a reason not to have a few balls lying in wait in the freezer.  As a matter of fact, I just made another batch of dough today and did just that.
    Jane of

  • 35 Regina // Nov 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Your crust turned out beautifully thin! Great shortcut tomato sauce, too.

  • 36 Mallory // Feb 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Oh wow! This pizza looks ahmazing! I would eat it and I am hungry, now!!

    Good job!

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