Saturday, 16 March 2013

Saucy Chicken Pizza ..

I"ve been baking since Zara was a small kid.. and pizzas have always been a favourite.. I think I can safely say that this is one of the bestest doughs I have yet made.. InshaAllah, I'm sure you'll love it too.. 

This is 
4 mugs - around 205 gms each - plain flour= maida
3/4 cup mug nido powder
2 tsp sugar
1 tblsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
4 to 5 tblsp olive oil
Lukewarm water to knead

Heat the water to finger-bearable hot and pour in a bowl
Whisk in the sugar and the yeast
Cover and let it froth for around 10 to 15 minutes

Means look like this:

Sieve together the flour and the baking powder
Mix in the nido and salt
Add this to the yeast mix and knead a dough with help of water and oil. Use only enough water to hold the dough and then touch hands to oil in between and knead a smooth elastic dough
Coat in oil and leave, covered, to rise in a warm place

Meanwhile for the sauce
Wash and quarter 7 to 8 bright red tomatoes
Put in a pan with 1 tsp fresh garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 level tsp black pepper powder
1/4 tsp white pepper powder
2 tblsp olive oil
Cover and let it cook on medium low heat
As soon as the tomatoes are soft, blend them without adding any water..or only very little to help blend
Back in pan
Cover and cook to reduce and thicken sauce
Once it has the thickness you want, turn off heat
Add 4 tblsp butter and 1 tsp oregano. Cover and set aside

Now the chicken
I had marinated the chicken in garlic and vinegar the night before.. so this is half a kilo boneless..

For the chicken I heated 2 tblsp olive oil and added 1 tblsp freshly grated garlic
Then the chicken
1/2 tsp salt, i tsp red chili flakes, 1/4 tsp black pepper powder and 1/2 tsp paprika powder (shimla mirchi powder)
Stir to mix and cook, covered till chicken is soft
Turn out on a cutting board and with two forks, semi shred the cubes..

In a small bowl, mix together 1 clove of garlic, pressed and some olive oil

Roll out your pizza a tad thinner than u normally would
Grease and flour tray
Place the rolled out pizza on it and spread with the oil/garlic mix
Spread tomato sauce over the base and sprinkle around 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
Put the tray in preheated oven at 250 for 5 minutes. Enough for the cheese to melt a bit

Take out of oven and spread the chicken and whatever else ure using- I had capsicum cubes, olives, onions ..

Cover with cheese and pop back in oven to bake.. use top grill to get the cheese melted and golden

As soon as u remove from the oven, brush the sides of the pizza with the oil/garlic mix again.. Cover with tea towel and place a plastic bag over it.. Leave it like that for 5 minutes..

Cut and serve... and enjoy :)

PS - with this amount of dough I made one large baking tray and 7 small mini pizzas for school days and 7 small pizza 'wheels' as well.. So you could easily make two trays with this amount..

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