Thai Chicken Pizza

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It’s the weekend….busy Saturdays call for take out? How about take in? Thai Chicken Pizza is the best of two carry out favorites.

Thai Chicken Pizza

When I think of carry out, I think of pizza and Chinese………..Thai Chicken Pizza is carry out combined.


Pizza is a weekend staple for us, and if you have read my blog you know, we love pizza, and have it at least once a week. I love Chinese food, Tim not so much, but he does like spicy, this pizza is all of those things.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Pizza, Chinese, spicy, plus easy to make! What could be better?

Now, pizza has to have sauce, Thai needs peanut sauce. I see a combo……no tomatoes here, but a spicy smooth peanut butter sauce than is the perfect “pizza sauce”.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Pre-made pizza crust make a pizza easy to make at a moment notice. I keep them on hand for that impromptu pizza moment……you know when you just gotta have a pizza.

Pre-grilled chicken strips……in the freezer section, makes it easy to have grilled chicken at the ready.

For toppings, chicken, bean sprouts, carrots, and green onions. Now I know that mozzarella cheese is not Thai or Chinese, but, no self respecting pizza is sans of cheese!

Thai Chicken Pizza

Mozzarella is a bit neutral so….perfect. Compliments but doesn’t over power.

Once the crust is loaded with toppings into the oven for about 10 minutes. I like a brownish cheese, so a few minutes under the broiler helps give that golden color.

But remember, it only take a minute to go from perfect, to slightly more than golden…..a.k.a. burnt! So watch your pizza carefully if you broil.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Once you have that perfect golden cheese, remove the pizza and garnish with the green part of the green onions, cashews, cilantro, and if desired the cooling coconut cream.

Funny story……the day I made this pizza, I made the coconut cream and put it in the frig, so when the pizza was ready and I was taking pictures I could garnish with the cream………I forgot the cream until the next day…..yikes!

So, none of the pictures have the cream in them but, when I reheated a piece the next day I put the coconut cream on the pizza……..OMG it was awesome!

So, this weekend when you want take out – in…….. Thai Chicken Pizza.

Thai Chicken Pizza

But be sure to set the coconut cream out when asking the pizza so you can enjoy the total taste experience…..you won’t be sorry!

Thai Chicken Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust, I like Boboli
  • ½ of 22 ounce bag Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips
  • Peanut Pizza Sauce
  • 1 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha/Asian hot chili sauce (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • Toppings
  • 6 green onions onion, thinly sliced, separating the white and green parts
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup white bean sprouts
  • ⅓ cup shredded carrots
  • Cashews, chopped
  • cilantro, chopped
  • Coconut Cream
  • ½ of a 5.3 oz coconut yogurt
  • 1½ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
Instructions
  1. Coconut Cream: Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. In a medium sauce pan whisk all the peanut pizza sauce ingredients. Heat over medium high heat until the peanut butter has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  4. Place pizza crust on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  5. Spread peanut pizza sauce over crust.
  6. Top with sprouts, carrots, white part of green onion,and chicken.
  7. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over pizza.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is starting to brown. You can broil to achieve desired brownness.
  9. Garnish with, green part of the green onion, cashews, cilantro and Coconut Cream.

 

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Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

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Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Kale is all the rage right now, and rightly so. It has crazy amounts of vitamins A, K, and C, and it’s packed with calcium. I must admit that I prefer spinach, and in a nutritional match up they are pretty equal. Although, spinach is a better source of iron, magnesium, and fiber. Be sure to buy either of these organic if possible. Leafy greens can be a sponge for any chemicals used in the growing process. Nutrition lesson over……..but look for our new page……coming soon, that will be all you wanted to know about nutrition, but were afraid to ask.


This recipe is hopefully….fingers crossed, just what my friend Michelle was looking for. She had a salad at a restaurant in Chicago and tried to replicate it but, wasn’t happy with the result. Now, Michelle is one of the best cooks I know, so if she couldn’t  come up with it I wasn’t sure I could either. But, I was willing to give it a try.

Michelle described what was in the salad and the ingredients were fairly simple. Kale, cabbage, mint, cilantro, parsley, and a peanut dressing. As I said before, I am not a huge fan of kale, but I tried a baby kale which I found to be a better taste. I will try this again with spinach. The dressing is where Michelle was stuck, so I hope my version…….peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, etc…….see recipe…..is the taste she was looking for.

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad 1

I added grilled chicken that I marinaded in the dressing for flavor, and and topped it with roasted peanuts. Both Tim and I really enjoyed it.

So, I hope my version of Roasted Peanut Kale Salad will be a close match for the restaurant salad……….let me know Michelle!

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad Collage

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • Salad
  • 6 cups baby kale
  • 2 cups prepackaged cole slaw mix
  • ¼ cup each fresh mint, cilantro, parsley chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced on the diagonal
  • ¼ cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
  • ¾ to 1 pound chicken tenders ( about 6 tenders)
  • Dressing
  • ¾ cup Peanut oil
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 
1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 
1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
  • 
2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
Instructions
  1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Add ¼ cup of the dressing to chicken tenders and marinade for 30 minutes (or more).
  3. Combine all ingredients for the salad, except the peanuts and set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding any remaining marinade. Grill chicken tenders over medium high heat until cooked through. Remove from grill and cut into bite size chunks and let cool slightly.
  5. Add chicken and dressing to the kale cabbage mixture. Toss to coat adding dressing as desired.
  6. Plate and serve.
  7. Top with chopped peanuts and serve.
Notes
This recipe serves 2-4.

 

 

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Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad

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Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad

Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad

I think Spring may finally be here to stay……….yeah!!!! So what better to fix than a salad loaded with spring veggies and grilled chicken……..Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad.


I have had many requests for salads and healthy fare. I have made several small attempts at healthier recipes, but when the weather is crappy I’m more inclined to comfort foods.

With the arrival of Spring and all things anew, this Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad is just the ticket. Mixed green topped with grilled chicken, red and yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, sweet snap peas and asparagus make for a crunchy, fresh salad.

For a dressing I went with an Asian flare………..Ginger Garlic Dressing. It’s tangy with rice wine vinegar, just a small amount of oil, ginger, garlic, soy and honey……..very yummy.

The best thing about this salad is you can make it in advance and assemble it when you are ready. All the components can keep for up to two days, isn’t that nice, you can make it when you have time and eat it when you don’t…………makes life so much easier to have a little something in reserve for the days you don’t have time to cook! Bonus………it’s HEALTHY!!!!

So, make up this salad today and enjoy it when you are done with all that Spring cleaning……….which reminds me, I best get busy!

Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad Collage

Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces chicken breast tenderloins, halved crosswise
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
  • 8 ounces fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 8 ounces fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 3 cups mixed salad greens
  • ½ each medium yellow and red pepper cut into thin strips
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 Recipe Ginger Garlic Dressing
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. 1. Sprinkle chicken lightly with salt and pepper. In a large skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink, turning to brown evenly. Remove chicken from skillet. Place chicken on a plate and cover, chill at least 1 hour. You may also leave in refrigerator for up to two days.
  3. 2. In microwave cook asparagus and pea pods, covered, in a microwave safe dish for 1 to 2minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; place in an ice bath to cool. Drain well. Serve immediately or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
  4. 3. To serve, in a very large bowl toss together chilled chicken, asparagus, pea pods, watercress, sweet pepper, and tomatoes. Add Ginger Garlic Dressing; toss well.

Garlic Ginger Dressing
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Measure all dressing into a small screw top jar. Cover and shake well. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator up to 1 week; shake before serving.

 

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