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Monday, March 24, 2014

What's Cookin' in the Country?

Some days require a filling, but quick meal.  Can you relate?  Last week was a very busy one with a variety of additional things added to my normal schedule.  I was definitely looking for some help with meal prep!  

A little work ahead of time enables me to have a meal on the table in under 30 minutes.  Last week I roasted two chicken breasts in the oven and then cut the meat off the bones.  I used one for the dish I'm going to share, and the other is snugly tucked into my freezer for later use!  I can use it for pot pie, chicken salad, or soup.  Love that!

I would never have thought that I would enjoy barbecue pizza, but after having this on vacation a couple of years ago, I have definitely changed my mind!  This is soooo good!  Purchasing a can of pizza dough in the refrigerated section of the grocery store makes this a fast recipe to pull together; couple that with chicken you roasted ahead of time and it's a snap!  These crusts were on sale at our local grocery last week for $1.25 - great deal!


 I found this recipe on Southern Living's site - we love it!

Ingredients

Chicken Barbecue Pizza
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust
1/2 cup hickory smoke barbecue sauce
2 (6-ounce) packages grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast strips (or one breast, roasted)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with peppers
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley
Hickory smoke barbecue sauce

Preparation
Sauté first 4 ingredients in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Drain well.
Unroll pizza crust; press or pat into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.
Bake crust at 400° for 12 to 14 minutes. Spread 1/2 cup barbecue sauce evenly over top of pizza crust in pan. Arrange chicken strips evenly over barbecue sauce, top with onion mixture, and sprinkle evenly with cheese.
Bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish, if desired. Serve with extra sauce for dipping.

I served the pizza with a tossed salad and it made a great week night meal.

I hope you'll try this.  Let me know what you think!

With love from my country kitchen,


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Jane said...

We LOVE BBQ Chicken Pizza! Dave actually cooked it on the grill this weekend, and it turned out great! Takes a little more time, but worth the effort if you have the time. :)

Denise said...

Jane, I've wanted to grill a pizza; I imagine the flavors are really good! I'll have to try that!