Thursday, May 8, 2014

Barbecue Chicken Pizza-Salad

Though it probably doesn't qualify as a "healthy" meal, pizza is one of my go-to dishes for casual entertaining when I don't want to over-indulge. It's certainly possible to make a truly unhealthy pizza, loaded with greasy meats and extra cheese, but made with lean, Organic chicken breasts and part-skim mozzarella cheese and piled high with lettuce, tomatoes and a yogurt-based dressing, this one won't break your daily calorie budget. Also, the best BBQ sauce is a sure bone of contention with any southerner, but Bone Suckin' Sauce is my absolute favorite. The balance of sweet, vinegar and spice just can't be beat, and for a little more heat, I prefer the "Hot" version.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza-Salad

  • 2 boneless, skinless Organic chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 jar Hot Bone Suckin' Sauce 
  • 2 tbsps Olive Oil
  • Refrigerated pizza dough (I recommend Trader Joe's refrigerated garlic-herb dough)
  • 1 package shredded Organic part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Organic romaine hearts
  • 1/2 pint Organic grape tomatoes
  • 4 slices Organic bacon, cooked
  • 1/4 c Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Preheat oven to 425F. Pre-heat skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tbsps Bone Suckin' Sauce to pan. Add chicken breast strips to pan and cook through, turning occasionally, approximately 10 minutes. Remove strips from pan and set aside on cutting board.

Grease baking sheet with olive oil or add olive oil directly to pizza dough if using pizza stone. Stretch dough to desired thinness and size over baking sheet. Pour 1/2 jar Bone Suckin' Sauce on dough and spread over dough evenly. Top dough and sauce with mozzarella cheese and diced onion. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop romaine hearts and place in large bowl. Slice tomatoes in half and add to lettuce. Chop bacon into bits and add to lettuce mixture. Add ranch dressing and toss.

Chop cooked chicken strips into small bites and spread over pizza. Cook pizza for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, until cheese and crust begin to brown. Allow pizza to cool slightly before slicing.

To serve, slice and plate pizza. Pile high with salad and drizzle with additional Bone Suckin' Sauce to taste. Enjoy!

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