Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I love pizza. I mean, I love it. I can easily put away my fair share of any pizza, any time. Unfortunately, ordering pizza can get a little pricey, especially if you are trying to feed my family.  I also love hot wings, and the spicier, the better. Unfortunately I haven’t mastered the art of making the perfect hot wing. I have, however, mastered the art of making the perfect hot wing dip (but that’s another post). As I was pondering what to make for dinner on a sleepy Saturday afternoon, I thought, why not combine the two? Buffalo Chicken Pizza, coming right up!
This is a recipe for a quick and easy meal that is perfect for any night of the week where you don’t want to spend a lot of time on dinner, and you probably have most of these ingredients on hand. All you need is:
1 Pillsbury Pizza Crust (Or whatever type of crust you prefer)
2 10oz cans Chicken Breast
Franks Hot Wing Sauce
Sour Cream
Ranch Dressing Packet
Mozzarella Cheese

Start off by mixing your sour cream and ranch packet. Set aside.

Feel free to snack on this while your cooking. There's plenty!

 Next, roll out your dough. Press it all the way to the edged of your cookie sheet.  Dock it with a fork so it won’t puff up in the oven. Place in a 400 degree oven for 8 minutes. Pre cooking the crust a little helps to ensure the crust cooks through. If you are like me and like to pile on the toppings, this is a must. Otherwise, your crust will still be doughy in the middle.
While the crust is cooking, open the chicken and drain off the liquid.

Mix the chicken with the wing sauce. You can add as much or as little as you want, depending on your taste. Set aside.

 After 8 minutes, remove your crust from the oven. It will still appear to be a little raw, but we will finish cooking it through shortly.

You will already be able to see where the crust is starting to brown on the bottom.

Spread the ranch mixture on the crust just as you would pizza sauce.

Note the awkwardness: It's hard to spread with my left hand and take a picture at the same time.

Top with chicken mixture.

Top the chicken with mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese and crust is browned. I ended up turning on my broiler for a few minutes at the end to allow my cheese to brown nicely. I added a little more sauce to the top of the pizza as garnish. Depending on your taste, add more or leave it off.

Serve with a side of the ranch dip or ranch dressing.

Add some celery sticks to the side for extra crunch.

This pizza was really yummy. It was a great way to satisfy my craving for pizza and wings. This is definitely a winner!

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