This Thai Chicken Pizza couldn’t be easier to throw together. Start with a homemade pizza dough, and this pizza is ready in about 20 minutes! Cheesy, and bursting with Thai flavors – make something different tonight.
Hey! It’s Pizza Friday again. I just am having too much fun to stop playing with pizza recipes. This time I took Asian flavors to Italy, just like Marco Polo. Even my husband who doesn’t normally like sweet flavors, devoured several slices of this pizza. One of the things that I love about this pizza is that it’s made of frugal pantry staples.
Ingredients for this Thai Chicken Pizza
- Pizza dough
- Pad Thai Sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Green Onion
How to make this pizza
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan or screen with nonstick cooking spray. Fit the pizza dough into the pan, stretching to fit.
Spread the Pad Thai sauce across the dough to cover. Sprinkle half the cheese over the pizza. Distribute the chicken, carrot, and green onions across the pizza. Top with the rest of the cheese.
Bake the pizza for 8 to 9 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crisp. Remove to a cutting surface to slice. Top with the cilantro and serve immediately.
Pizza dough options
You can buy commercial pizza dough at the store or make your own dough. I’m partial to these four types:
DO YOU PUT THE TOPPINGS OR CHEESE ON THE PIZZA FIRST?
This is actually a matter of debate. In house and elsewhere. I’m sure you’ll notice that some pizza places put the toppings over the cheese; others put them under. Heck, in Chicago, they put the sauce on top.
Do what you want, but I recommend that you spread the sauce on your pizza dough first. Add your pizza toppings on then top it all with shredded mozzarella cheese.
WHAT CHEESE IS BEST FOR PIZZA?
You could use up whatever cheeses you have in your fridge. But traditionally, pizza features shredded mozzarella cheese and that’s what we use on this Thai Chicken pizza.
I also really like combining shredded Monterey Jack with shredded mozzarella for a slight twist.
WHAT TEMPERATURE DO YOU COOK HOMEMADE PIZZA ON?
You want to cook your homemade pizza at a high heat- somewhere between 450 and 500 degrees. When I don’t grill pizza, I cook it at 475 degrees.
Keep in mind that not all pans can sustain such high heats, so be sure to check that your pans are safe for higher temperatures. If you use USA pans, bump the heat down to 450 and cook it a minute or so longer.
These pizza tools are some of my favorites.
My pizzas take about 10 minutes to cook at high heat. You want to bake the pizza until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp.
DO YOU COOK PIZZA TOPPINGS BEFORE ADDING TO THE PIZZA?
For the toppings, you do need to cook the chicken first. For the rest of the toppings, you don’t need to cook them. Simply place them on raw. They will cook in the oven.
WHY IS MY HOMEMADE PIZZA SOGGY?
Again, watch how many vegetables you put on the pizza. Too many and you might end up with a soggy pizza.
Another possible pizza cooking mistake could because your oven wasn’t hot enough. We cook ours at 475 degrees or on a very hot outdoor grill.
HOW DO I MAKE THIS A GOOD CHEAP EAT?
Homemade pizza is always a great affordable option. Check out these strategies to save even more:
Shop the cheapest store – Find the best prices for the things you buy and shop that store.
Shop the sales – Chicken and cheese are the highest priced items here. Watch for sales, stock up, and stash the extras in your freezer.
Buy in bulk – You can usually buy the yeast and shredded mozzarella cheese in bulk at Costco. Store the big bag of yeast in the freezer and break the 5-pound bag of cheese into smaller bags to use over time.
Making homemade pizza is cheap and easy — and so delicious! You’ll wonder why you ever paid pizza parlor prices.
DO YOU NEED SPECIAL TOOLS TO MAKE PIZZA?
After 20 years of making homemade pizza almost every week, I’ve tried a lot of different recipes as well as different tools and techniques. These are the ones that I’ve found to be the most helpful:
- a bread machine or Kitchenaid mixer to make the dough
- a bench knife to cut the dough into portions
- a large cutting board to roll dough out on
- pizza screens for easier and more effective baking
- pizza cutter to cut it easily after baking
Thai Chicken Pizza
- 1 12-inch pizza dough
- 1/2 cup prepared Pad Thai sauce
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese (shredded) shredded (2 cups)
- 1 cup chicken (cooked and cubed)
- 1 carrots shredded
- 4 green onion chopped
- 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro (chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan or screen with nonstick cooking spray. Fit the pizza dough into the pan, stretching to fit.
- Spread the Pad Thai sauce across the dough to cover. Sprinkle half the cheese over the pizza. Distribute the chicken, carrot, and green onions across the pizza. Top with the rest of the cheese.
- Bake the pizza for 8 to 9 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crisp. Remove to a cutting surface to slice. Top with the cilantro and serve immediately.