Pizza of the Month: Tropical BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

1 14” pizza shell

6 oz. barbecue sauce
4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
⅓ c. red onion, cut in rings
¼ c. fresh mango, cubed
8 oz. garlic-flavored chicken breast strips with rib meat
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions:

Spread barbecue sauce evenly over the pizza shell, up to ½” of the edge. Sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella cheeses over the sauce. Evenly distribute the red onion rings, mango cubes and chicken over cheese. Bake in a preheated 450° oven for 12 to 18 minutes or until the crust is golden and cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown. Garnish pizza with chopped parsley just before serving.

For the Love of Chicken

The common chicken may not be the smartest critter in the barnyard, but, as a menu item, it’s one of the most versatile. And chicken-based pizzas have the advantage of combining all of the nutritional benefits of poultry—high in protein, low in fat and carbs—with loads of flavor. From ethnic variations to old-fashioned barbecue, here are some examples of delicious chicken-based pies from around the country and the world:

With locations in Minnesota and North Dakota, the Norwegian/Italian restaurant Ole and Lena’s Pizza (oleandlenaspizza.com) has created an Asian delight with its Sweet and Sour Chicken Pizza, featuring a blend of four cheeses, sweet chili sauce, garlic chicken, pineapples, onions and deep-fried Norwegian-style lefse wontons.

Specializing in stuffed pies, Nancy’s Pizza (nancyspizza.com), with stores in Illinois, Indiana and Georgia, goes green with the Chicken Garden Pizza, topped with breast meat, seasoned baby spinach, broccoli and fresh basil.

The BBQ Pizza at Bella Napoli (bellanapoliglasgow.com), located in Glasgow, Scotland, features a hickory-smoked barbecue sauce base topped with spicy chicken breast, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, jalapeños and Monterey Jack cheese. It’s finished with a swirl of lemon-soured cream.

Norfolk, New York-based Al Smith’s Pizzeria (alsmithspizzeria.com) spices up its menu with the Chicken Fajita Pizza, made with seasoned chicken, salsa, flame-roasted onions and peppers, and a blend of mozzarella and taco cheese.