May 16, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza ... neater than eating wings!

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza ~ all the great taste of traditional Buffalo chicken wings ... without the mess!

Buffalo Chicken Pizza ~ All the great taste of traditional Buffalo wings ... without the mess!    www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Having gone to school in upstate New York, I'm well-versed in the eating of Buffalo wings.  A group of us would go about once a week to indulge in $0.10 wings - can you believe $0.10 per wing??  You certainly can't find them for that price now!  (I know ... I just dated myself a little bit.)  They were served with the requisite side of carrot and celery sticks with blue cheese dressing.  Wings dipped in the blue cheese - fabulous!  Aahhhh .... memories.

My good-ol'-southern-boy husband wasn't familiar with Buffalo wings, nor was he into eating spicy foods (horror!), until he met me.  I'm happy to say that I have corrupted him.  He now loves Buffalo wings, and I swear would put jalapenos in everything if I'd let him.  So, here's one of our favorite foods turned into pizza!

Because that's what I like to do with our favorite foods ... turn them into pizza.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza ~ All the great taste of traditional Buffalo wings ... without the mess!    www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Cook up some bite-sized chicken pieces, and then marinate them in classic Buffalo sauce - for me, a mixture of Frank's RedHot cayenne pepper sauce and melted butter.  I love Frank's the best.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza ~ All the great taste of traditional Buffalo wings ... without the mess!    www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

While the chicken marinates, get your crust ready and top it with blue cheese dressing as your sauce.  

Now, as you can see in the photo below, my entire crust is not topped with blue cheese dressing.  

Why, you ask?  Because as I was beginning to spread the blue cheese dressing, Mark walked into the kitchen and declared that he didn't like blue cheese with his Buffalo wings, so he didn't want blue cheese on the pizza.  

Well, all-righty then ... Plan B put into action for 1/2 of the pizza - I brushed that 1/2 with some of the Buffalo sauce that the chicken was marinating in.  Crisis averted.  Oh - and an experimental "test condition" set up!  If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I love that ... love putting different combinations and versions together in head-to-head taste tests!  

So, hmmmm, which version will be better??

Buffalo Chicken Pizza ~ All the great taste of traditional Buffalo wings ... without the mess!    www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Top the sauce with the marinated chicken pieces ... don't worry about shaking off the Buffalo sauce marinade, you want some of it to get on there ... and then mozzarella cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza ~ All the great taste of traditional Buffalo wings ... without the mess!    www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Then bake it all up, and get ready to enjoy the taste of Buffalo without all the mess!


Okay, so now for the taste-test results.

Mark had to eat his words!

The blue cheese sauce was amazing, and way better than the Buffalo sauce.  There's just something about the classic combination of Buffalo sauce and blue cheese!  And if you want to be really traditional, serve this pizza with some extra blue cheese dressing with carrot and celery sticks for dipping.  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza ~ All the great taste of traditional Buffalo wings ... without the mess!    www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Buffalo Chicken  Pizza
Source:  A Tracey creation
Ingredients
Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought dough ball; click here to read more about pizza dough)
Blue cheese dressing (make your own with my favorite recipe, or use bottled if you'd like)
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 - 2 T. olive oil
1/3 c. Frank's RedHot cayenne pepper sauce
4 T. butter
Shredded mozzarella


Directions
1.  Prepare blue cheese dressing, if using homemade.  Refrigerate dressing while you prepare the rest of the pizza.

2.  Heat olive oil in a saute pan; saute chicken until cooked through.  While chicken is cooking, melt butter and combine with the Frank's RedHot sauce in a medium-sized bowl.  Once chicken is cooked through, combine it with the butter/RedHot sauce mixture; toss to coat the chicken well.  Marinate the chicken for about 15 minutes.

3.  While chicken is marinating, prepare your pizza crust.  Roll pizza dough out to desired size; place on preheated pizza stone or baking sheet. Spread a layer of blue cheese dressing over the crust for sauce. Top with marinated chicken, then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

4.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until crust is cooked through and the cheese is bubbly and beginning to get golden brown.

Enjoy!


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7 comments:

  1. Don and i definately will try this one I bet the blue cheese just melts divinely on the crust

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  2. oh.my.goodness.
    must try soon!!!!

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  3. Wow! I've tried making a buffalo chicken pizza, but never with blue cheese sauce. It looks amazing.

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  4. Hi Tracey, this would be a super contribution to Food on Friday: Cheese over at Carole's Chatter. Please do bring it over. Cheers

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  5. Wow, ten cent wings?! It's actually probably a good thing you can't find them so cheap anymore, otherwise I'd be there every other day! This pizza looks fantastic - I think the combination of buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing sounds phenomenal!

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  6. We will love this pizza! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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