The kids requested a pizza night, and I concurred as long as they agreed to try something a little bit different. Their usual pick is cheese, red sauce and olives. This is true whether they’re eating out or having it homemade. Tonight I went for something a little more exotic (and selfishly that I wanted to eat as well), and both kids gave it a double thumbs up!
I have never been to California Pizza Kitchen, but apparently their Thai Chicken Pizza is very popular. I came upon a healthier version in Eating Well magazine, and cleaned it up even further to make it my own. I made a spelt crust, which could easily be replaced with whole wheat or a pre-made crust if you’re pressed for time.**
Thai Chicken Pizza
2 cups spelt flour
1.5 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. baking powder
1.5 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. honey
pinch of salt
2/3 cup warm water
In a small bowl, combine water, honey, olive oil and yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until it begins to froth. In a larger bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer) mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add yeast mixture and combine, kneading well by hand or using the dough hook of the mixer. Cover bowl with a damp towel for at least one hour in a warm spot, allowing it to rise.
Preheat oven to 400. Dust a baking sheet with flour and roll out or stretch dough onto sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 lb chicken thighs or breast, chopped small
3 tbs. chunky nut butter (I used almond)
2 tbs. palm or brown sugar
2 tbs. soy sauce
1 tbs. rice wine vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp. minced ginger
3 tbs. water
1 medium red pepper, diced
4 green onions, minced
1 cup cheese of choice, grated (I used some fresh parmesan and dairy-free cheddar)
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook chicken until done. Meanwhile combine nut butter through water in a small bowl. In a larger bowl combine cooked chicken, 1 tbs. of sauce, red pepper and onions. Spread remaining sauce on par-baked crust.
Top pizza with chicken mixture, them sprinkle with cheese and bake in a 400 oven for 10 minutes.
**for myself I made a grain-free cauliflower crust that was actually quite delicious! I had tried it a few times in the past and think I finally got it “right.” Feel free to drop me a note if you’re curious about it…