Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Only Pizza You'll Ever Want Again: Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato, Broccoli, Ricotta, Mozzarella and Basil

Cook Time: 20 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings, 8 slices



1 (16-ounce) package pizza dough, brought to room temperature
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


1/3 pound broccoli from trimmed broccoli bin in produce section, 1/3 head
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
3 cloves cracked garlic
1/2 pound chicken breast cut for stir fry or chicken tenders
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
10 sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and sliced
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, available on dairy aisle
12 to 15 leaves fresh basil, torn or stacked and thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

On a 12-inch nonstick pizza pan, stretch out your dough and form the
pizza crust. Drizzle 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil on crust and
spread it with a pastry brush over the dough to the edges. Sprinkle
crust with 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

In a small covered saucepan, bring 2 inches water to a boil. Separate
broccoli tops into florets, discarding lower stalks or reserving for
soup. Salt water and add broccoli florets. Cook covered 3 to 5
minutes. Drain broccoli and set on cutting board. Chop broccoli
florets into small pieces.

Heat a small nonstick pan over medium high to high heat. Add oil,
cracked garlic and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Brown chicken
breast cut for stir-fry or tenders until lightly golden all over, 3 to
5 minutes. Chop sauteed chicken and garlic on a cutting board into
small pieces.

To assemble pizza, dot crust with chopped broccoli bits and cooked
chopped chicken. Dot crust with spoonfuls of ricotta and spread
ricotta gently with the back of your spoon. Add sliced sun-dried
tomatoes, scattering them around the pizza to the edges. Complete the
assembly with a thin layer of shredded mozzarella, about 1 cup. Place
pizza in oven on middle rack and lower heat to 450 degrees F. Bake 12
minutes, until cheese is deep golden in color and crust is brown and
crisp at the edges. Remove pizza from the oven and let stand 5
minutes. Top with lots of torn or shredded basil. Cut pizza into 8
slices using pizza wheel and serve.



Donna-FFW said...

Hi There! I love Rachael Ray recipes and am so glad I found your site. I am really liking it. Thanks for sharing!

Daphne said...

I'm glad you like it. :) Thanks! :)