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I have been scouting for a pizza stone and a peel for a while and last week when I went to my favorite home improvement store, there they were, beautifully displayed on the center aisle along with all the other supplies , you would need to make a From scratch Pizza….Looked at my wallet and thanked god, that it was just the beginning of the month….I might have told you before that I am an impulsive shopper and love to hoard crockery , kitchen stuff and after I have started blogging PROPS for photography…..So by the month end, my wallet gives up and I am forced to sit at home, waiting for another 1st…..But trust me, this pizza stone and peel were the MONEY WELL SPENT ……..The peel made the rolling and sliding the pizza in the oven effortless and the stone gave the crust a lovely crunch…..Moreover the recipe for this Pizza is a winner…. So even if you don’t have a stone or a peel, go ahead and try this on a baking tray…You’r going to love it….So here is the recipe……..



All you need is ( Makes 4  pizzas 8″)

For the Pizza crust

Warm water-12 cup
Active dry yeast-2 and 14 tsp
All purpose four- 3 cups
Whole wheat flour- 1 cup
Room temperature water-1 and 14 cup
Salt-1 and 14 tsp
Olive oil- 2 tbsp

For the tomato sauce

Olive oil- 2 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 5-6 ( chopped )
Tomatoes-8 ( chopped )
Capsicum-1 ( chopped )
Onion-1 ( chopped )
Salt to taste
Sugar-2 tsp
Basil leaves-3-4 ( chopped ) You can use dried basil as well

For the grilled chicken

Chicken breast-2
Olive oil-2 tbsp
Salt
Black pepper

For the topping

Onion-1 ( thinly sliced )
Capsicum-1 ( cut in to small cubes )
Mozzarella cheese-1 cup
Olives-5-6 ( chopped )

Method of preparation

For the crust

Take warm water in a 2 cup measuring bowl
Sprinkle yeast on top
Keep aside for 5 minutes, till bubbles are formed
Add the room temperature water and olive oil to it
In the bowl of your stand mixer, add Whole wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt
Add the yeast water to it and with a dough hook, knead for 6-7 minutes ( if you don’t have a stand mixer, knead the dough with your hands and keep kneading it with the heels of your hands for 10-12 minutes, till the dough is soft and elastic )
Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl
Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and keep aside for 2 hours, until the dough doubles in size
After the dough has doubled, take it out on a lightly floured surface
Punch it down and divide into 2 parts ( If you want to freeze the dough for later use, this is the time.Wrap in a cling wrap and then slide each round in a zip lock bag. Do not freeze the dough only wrapped with a cling wrap, as the dough with continue to rise even in the freezer and will come out of the cling wrap. To use the freezed dough, transfer it to the refrigerator, 12 hours before you want to use it. When the dough has thawed in the refrigerator, place it on the kitchen counter for at least 30 minutes or until it is at room temperature )
If you are using the dough immediately, make rounds of the dough and cover again with a cling wrap and let it rest for 10-15 minutes and no more than 30 minutes ( If you are using the dough immediately, start the mixing process just 2 and 12  hours before you want to bake it )

For the tomato sauce

Add olive oil in a pan
Add garlic and fry till light brown in color
Add Tomatoes, capsicum, onion, salt, sugar and basil leaves
Cover and cook for an hour on low heat
Keep stirring in between
Open the pan and cook till all the water has evaporated on high heat
Cool and keep aside

For the grilled chicken

Cut chicken into small pieces
Add olive oil, salt and pepper
Keep in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes

Assembling the pizza

Pre heat the oven to 500 degree F
If you have a pizza stone, keep it in the bottom half of the oven for at least 30 minutes
Sprinkle the baking sheet or peel with some fine semolina or cornmeal
Lightly flour your palms
Take one round  and divide it into half
Make a smooth ball of the dough
Using or hands, stretch the dough into a 8-9 inch round disk
Brush the crust of the pizza with olive oil
Spread 3 tbsp of tomato sauce on the pizza
Add grilled chicken, onions and capsicum
Sprinkle 14 cup of cheese
Put olives on top
Slide the pizza on the stone
Bake for 7-8 minutes, till the cheese has melted and pizza is bubbly and golden brown
Remove from the oven and slice with a pizza cutter
Serve hot

Halloween party for my Kiddo
Red lentil soup with Coconut milk

11 thoughts on “Homemade pizza with Chicken and veggies

  1. Great looking pizza. We do pizzas every Friday with the grand kids, letting them put on their toppings and help slide into the oven. Has become a Friday night tradition to do pizzas and then games. Hope we keep this up for years to come.
    Thanks for a nice pizza recipe to add to our ever growing box.

  2. I can attest that pizza stone makes such a HUGe difference to the crust, esp the thin crusted ones..and just like you, I always justify my impulsive shopping habit! Anything for the kitchen, eh? I love to try out your dough recipe, never tried whole wheat before,the pictures look wonderful.

  3. While trying to eat healthfully, get plenty of exercise and enough sleep is great, sometimes you just have a craving for what the Americans call “comfort food,” dishes that are usually high in carbohydrates and covered in sauce, gravy or icing.

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