Ugh, Monday. And tax day. That’s should be against the law or something. That’s a lot of “ugh” to handle at the beginning of the week! And I don’t know about y’all but taxes were brutal this year! Oh the joys of self-employment. 🙂
Making it through this day, or any rough day, calls for pizza. Pizza is comfort. Pizza is joy. Pizza is one of my favorite ways to mash up some of my favorite flavors and create something new and exciting.
I can’t take all the credit for this one though. We recently went to a pub/sports bar in Clarksville and got super excited about a curry chicken pizza on the menu. We ordered it with high expectations and ended up pretty disappointed. It was good but not as good as I knew it could be. No worries though, I decided to take to the kitchen and put my own stamp on it. Success on the first try!!
This pizza comes together quickly thanks to a prepared pizza crust. It is also very budget friendly for me (I need that after tax day!) because all the ingredients for the sauce are some of my pantry staples. Pizza is very forgiving so take a look at what you have in the cupboard, think about your favorite dishes, and get creative!
Curry Chicken Pizza
1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup caramelized onions*
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 prepared pizza crust (or homemade if you have the time)
1 5oz. can tomato sauce
Splash of chicken stock (I always have a box of stock open in the fridge, water also works fine)
2 Tablespoons red curry paste
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
Pinch of sugar
Salt & Pepper
Preheat a pizza stone or cookie sheet in a 400° oven.
In a small saucepan, combine tomato sauce and next 6 ingredients (through S&P). Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce is fragrant.
To assemble pizza, spread sauce in a thin layer over prepared dough (use as much or as little as you like, depending on how saucy you like it), add shredded chicken, onions, bell pepper and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until desired browned bubbliness.
Garnish with cilantro, slice and devour!
*For the caramelized onions, slice one small onion thin. In a pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until fragrant. Reduce heat to low, add salt & pepper and cook until brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
Source: Ruth’s Table