Pan Pizza with Chicken and Pineapple
Adapted from gourmet pizza recipes that require a pizza stone, but just uses a pan to create the perfect crispness on the bottom with a pleasantly "fluffy" base under your toppings. This recipe is for a Hawaiian with chicken and pineapple, but you may use whatever toppings you like.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1½ cups water
- ½tablespoon white sugar
- 1(.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2¾ cups bread flour
- ½cup semolina flour
- ½tablespoon salt
- 1cooking spray (such as Crisco®)
- 2½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- ¼cup cornmeal
- 2½ cups pizza sauce
- 2cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2cups pineapple chunks
Step 1Combine water and sugar in a microwave-safe measuring cup and microwave for 50 seconds. Stir in yeast and allow to sit for at least 2 minutes.
Step 2Mix bread flour, semolina flour, and salt together in a bowl large enough for the dough to expand to the size of a head of lettuce. Grease hands with cooking spray. Pour water mixture into flour mixture and mix with a fork to combine. Transfer dough to a work surface and fold in half several times. Dough will be very sticky; reapply cooking spray as necessary.
Step 3Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil into the bowl and spread it around the bottom. Add dough and turn it over so that it has a light oil coating to prevent sticking. Cover and set in a warm place for 1 hour.
Step 4Meanwhile, pound chicken breasts out to a uniform thickness. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and sear chicken, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until chicken is browned and no longer pink in the centers, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes, before cutting into 1/2-inch cubes.
Step 5Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a 14x7-inch pan and sprinkle cornmeal evenly over the bottom.
Step 6Grease your hands again with cooking spray and remove dough. Spread dough in the prepared pan to an even thickness. Cover with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Add pineapple and chicken.
Step 7Bake on the middle or top rack of the preheated oven until cheese is melted and crust is golden, about 23 minutes.