Monday, April 8, 2013

Chicken and Veggie Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust

It took me several tries to make a good homemade pizza. I hate to admit those Digiorno pizzas are pretty tasty. They're super convenient, but they loaded with bad stuff. I wanted a pizza that was delicious and wasn't a complete departure from my clean eating mission. I think this fits the bill.

Ingredients
1 Bag refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe's)
1/2 14 oz. Jar of Ragu pizza sauce
1 8 oz. Bag of shredded cheese (I like the pizza blends but, plain mozzarella would do)
1 Chicken breast, boneless, skinless
1/4 tsp. Basil
1/4 tsp. Oregano
3 Baby bella mushrooms
1/4 Avocado
1 Roma tomato
Cooking spray
Whole wheat flour

Equipment
Oven
Baking sheet or pizza stone
Large spoon
2 Bowls

Instructions
  • Cook the chicken breast with a little seasoning. I find that steaming it in a covered pan works well. It doesn't require any added fat and it pulls apart nicely when it's done.
  • Pre-heat the oven to the temperature indicated on the pizza dough bag.
  • Follow the directions on the bag of pizza dough to prepare the dough. I had a trouble getting the dough to stretch out the way I wanted without tearing holes in it until I found this video...



He show's how to make a round crust, but I used this technique to make a rectangular one.
  • If you're using a baking sheet and you're not sure of it's non stick ability then spray with cooking spray.
  • Place the stretched dough onto the baking sheet.
  • By now your chicken breast should have cooled enough to cut up into small pieces. You can make the pieces whatever size you like for your topping but I find smaller is better.
  • Place the cut up chicken in a bowl.
  • Chop the tomato, mushrooms and avocado and add to the chicken and set aside.
  • Use a large spoon to spread the pizza sauce over the crust.
  • Add the cheese, spreading it as evenly as you can over the pizza sauce.
  • Add your other toppings, making sure to cover all but the raised edges.
  • Place the pizza into your pre-heated oven and bake for the recommended time.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 - 15 minutes.
Slice and enjoy!

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