I love to live life as if there was no yesterday and there is no tomorrow.There is just today.But there are times when I just sit back and reminisce about fond memories that seem as clear as crystal in my mind - almost as if things happened just yesterday!Just like the other day, when I was letting my mind wander, I remembered how I had wrapped up work early and whisked off my Maa on her birthday to a nearby pizza corner just a couple of years back. It was a total surprise to her - and how I had loved the expression of awestruck happiness on her face.I ordered her favorite chicken pizza and we hit off like two old chums, gorging on the pizza and guzzling down bottles of Coke - my Maa had become my age that day!I smiled to myself when I thought of this and the next moment I was on the phone, talking to my Maa. Bless the inventor of telephones - this is the only thing that keeps me so close to the people I love back home!
The industrious person that my Maa is, she was the first to suggest that I should try making my own pizza at home. I had this recipe for making pizza from a close friend who is quite renowned among friends for doling out yummy homemade pizza - but as usual, I had been too lazy to try. But this day, goaded by my ever-enthusiastic Maa, I decided to give it a try after all! Believe me, the result made me gloat with pride - I had baked my first homemade pizza and it had flown off in minutes (word had reached friends that I was on my newest venture and they had lost no time in fuelling my morale, as always!) So here goes my recipe for homemade thin-crust Chicken Pizza - and do not forget to chip in for the 'Love for Lentils' going on at my place!Be there friends!
Sending this to 'Full Plate Thursday' at Miz Helen's place, a 'DIY Blog Hop' at Katherine's and 'Midweek Fiesta # 14' at my dear friend Amy's!!
Homemade Thin-crust Chicken Pizza
You will need:
For the pizza dough:
All purpose Flour - 2 and 1/2 cups
Good quality active dry yeast - 1 packet
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Warm water - 1 and 1/2 cups
Olive oil/Canola oil - 2 and 1/2 tablespoons
Pinch of salt
For the pizza topping:
Onions - cubed
Green peppers - cubed
Bell peppers - cubed
Tomatoes - sliced
Spring onions - Chopped
Cooked white chicken strips - 1 cup
Cooked sweet corn - 1/2 cup
Any pizza sauce/salsa/tomato ketchup - 2 tablespoons
Shredded Mozzarella cheese - 3/4th of a cup
Salt to taste
Freshly ground Black pepper
How I made it:
1. To make the pizza dough, you will first need to do the proofing. For this, empty out the whole packet of active dry yeast into 1/2 a cup of warm water and leave it aside for 10 mins. After 10 mins, add a teaspoon of sugar to the yeast water and stir it well with a spoon. The water will have whitish foamy bubbles at the surface which will tell that the yeast has started working.
2. Now add this yeast water to the all purpose flour along with the remaining 1 cup of warm water, olive or canola oil and salt. Knead the flour loosely with your fingertips and when everything comes together, take it out on the counter top and knead with the palm of your hand.When the dough is tight enough, put it in a bowl and cover it with a warm and damp cloth. Stick the covered dough in a warm place (I prefer the oven - it remains warm even when off) for about an hour.
3. After an hour, check the dough to see if it has doubled in size.If it has, then your pizza dough is done. Deflate the doubled up dough and knead another time and then separate out into two smaller balls (The measurement here makes up for 2 thin-crust pizzas).
4. Rub the counter top with some flour and roll out the pizza dough roughly with a rolling pin. You might want to roll out as evenly as possible and as thinly as possible since this is a thin-crust pizza. The dough might be a bit slimy and elastic, so take the help of flour to help you roll out the pizza base.
5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Smear out pizza sauce or salsa or tomato ketchup on the pizza base and then spread out all the cubed and chopped veggies on top. Lay out the cooked pieces of white chicken and spread out the cooked sweet corn. As a last step, generously spread out the shredded mozzarella and top with a dusting of Italian seasoning, salt and freshly ground black pepper powder.
6. Bake the pizza in the hot oven for 15-20 minutes.The cheese will melt and spread out evenly over the surface and you will know that the pizza is done when the base of the pizza is firm and crusty. Take the pizza out and enjoy your homemade delicious thin-crust chicken pizza with family and friends!