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.

1 Bag refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe's... but I hear they don't sell it anymore. If you can't find whole wheat, regular white flour dough works just as well.)
1/2 14 oz. Jar of pizza sauce
1 8 oz. Bag of shredded cheese (either get one labeled "pizza blend" or some mozzarella blend)
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

Baking sheet
Large spoon
2 Bowls
Good sharp chef's knife


  • 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.
  • Preheat 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 to fit the baking sheet.
  • Spray the baking sheet with non-stick 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.Alternatively, you can use a couple of forks and shred the chicken.
  • Place the 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 preheated oven and bake for the recommended time.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool ~10 minutes.
Slice and enjoy!

Don't want to make a whole pizza? Cut the dough in half and use half of the amounts listed for all the ingredients. The remaining half of the dough (as well as most of the other ingredients) can be refrigerated or even frozen to use another day.

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