Buying whole wheat pizza crust from Trader Joes and seeing what kind of crazy Friday night ideas I can come up with has become one of my favorite things. I used to make food an experience – if I wasn’t eating what I loved, trying new places, getting tipsy off a speciality martini at a restaurant – well how could I possibly enjoy life? As I started eating cleaner and working harder toward my goals – I realized that I didn’t want to keep setting myself back, all because I felt like eating out was making my life better. That’s when the Friday night “get crazy” cooking party started. Some couples like to have date night on Friday’s, which is also a great idea – but in our current state (no kids, long days of work, and long hair that would need straightened), staying in and making more of a treat is just fine with us. Hubby knows to always have a Friday night back up plan though, because we never know what might turn out. This Friday did not disappoint (well… maybe he was disappointed because he didn’t get to call the “real pizza place”). Husbands…. how many times can I tell him that he should THANK me for making him healthy 🙂
To make this yummy herb and chicken pizza, you’ll need:
1 pound of chicken breast or tenderloin, fresh basil, 1 bell pepper of choice, EVOO, goat cheese, low moisture mozzarella cheese, and a whole wheat dough from Trader Joes (or the supplies to make your own, or another dough of choice).
Make chicken in a crock pot with water or low sodium chicken stock. Once cooked, shred it and put it in a bowl. In the mean time, cook pizza dough for 10 minutes, until formed and has risen a little (not completely cooked though!). While dough is cooking, cut up 1 bell pepper (any color – I used orange), 1/4 cup of fresh basil, and 1/4 cup of goat cheese. Combine everything in the bowl with the chicken. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Mix around and save until pizza dough is almost cooked. Once dough is almost ready, brush olive oil along the top, just enough to cover the whole pizza, don’t make it soggy or even damp. Then spread the mixture across the top, and sprinkle with low moisture mozzarella cheese. Put back in the oven to bake another 5-10 minutes until cooked through and cheese has melted!