When’s the last time your kitchen antics set off the smoke alarm?
For me? This pizza.
I actually set off the smoke alarm on a semi-regular basis, mostly because I just cook so dang much. And I always feel bad about it! Like I’ve failed somehow. Do you guys remember that scene in Clueless where Cher has a date over to her house and puts a log of refrigerated cookie dough in the oven because, “Whenever a boy comes, you should always have something baking.” – ? And then it burns and stinks up the whole house? Well, that’s how I feel whenever my cooking sets off the smoke alarm. Like a clueless 15-year-old trying to woo a gay guy with fake cookies.
My smoke alarm issue with this pizza was slightly more understandable — the (delicious) spicy-sweet sauce has honey in it (read: sugar), and when some of it bubbled up and dripped to the bottom of the oven, the burning sugar created a lot of smoke. As burning sugar is wont to do.
So, make this pizza, but don’t feel too clueless if it rings the alarm.
SPICY-SWEET CHICKEN PIZZA (slightly adapted from Lauren’s Kitchen)
Pizza dough (storebought, homemade, etc. – I used this recipe)
1 large chicken breast, cut into very small pieces
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more or less to taste)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 1/2 tbsp honey
3/4 cup rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 cup mozzarella cheese
4 green onions, sliced (white and green parts)
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
sesame seeds (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. In small saucepan, combine red pepper flakes, garlic, soy sauce, honey, and vinegar. Heat over medium heat (at a simmer) until it thickens and becomes syrupy, 20-25 minutes.
3. While sauce cooks, add olive oil to large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add chopped chicken and cook until cooked through, 6-8 minutes. When chicken and sauce are done, add sauce to chicken and toss to coat thoroughly.
4. Spread pizza dough over pizza pan that has been lightly coated with oil or cooking spray. Top with chicken mixture. Make sure it’s evenly coating the dough. Top with the cheese, green onions, and red peppers (and sesame seeds if using).
5. Bake 10-12 minutes. Serve hot.
This might be a new favorite in the windy kitchen! Our longtime favorite pizza recipe is hard to beat, but I love how this one uses an easy homemade sauce (instead of relying on BBQ sauce from a bottle).
One last note — we used part-skim mozzarella, but I also think this would be great with Monterey Jack!