Balsamic chicken pizza

Discover the joys of home-made pizza with Mike Robinson's flavourful recipe for pizza topped with glazed balsamic chicken
By Mike Robinson
Balsamic chicken pizza
  • Rating:
  • Serves: Makes 1 pizza (plus dough for 2 more)
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 30 mins rising
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 500 g strong bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 12 g fresh yeast, or 1 seachet fast action dried yeast
  • 300 ml warm water, approximately

For the basic tomato sauce:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes
  • salt, and freshly ground pepper

For the chicken topping:

  • 1 chicken breast fillet, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 ball of mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • chopped coriander leaves, to garnish

Method

1. First make the pizza dough. In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt and yeast. Gradually add in the warm water, mixing as you add it in, until the mixture comes together into a dough.

2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface until smooth and elastic. Set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes, until doubled in size.

3. Meanwhile, cook the tomato sauce. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan. Add in the onion and garlic and fry very gently for 5 minutes.

4. Add in the cherry tomatoes and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring now and then. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Crush the cooked cherry tomatoes with a masher.

5. Meanwhile, prepare the chicken topping. Place the chicken in a bowl, sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and set aside for 10 minutes.

6. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add in the chicken and fry, stirring, for 5 minutes, until cooked through. Add in the remaining balsamic vinegar, scraping the frying pan with a wooden spatula to deglaze it.

7. Break the risen dough down and divide into 3 even-sized portions.

8. Preheat the oven to 230°C/gas 8.

9. To make a pizza, roll out one of the pizza dough portions into a large disc and place it on a baking sheet.

10. Top the pizza with the fried balsamic chicken, then sprinkle over the red onion. Dot with the mozzarella and drizzle over with olive oil.

11. Bake for 8 minutes. Sprinkle with coriander and serve at once.

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