Chicken Mediterranean Skillet Pizza
Homemade Pizza Dough Topped with baby spinach, grape tomatoes, roasted chicken, olives, and two kinds of cheese-baked in a cast-iron skillet!
Hello, sweet friends!
Michael and I have always felt traditions are important so almost immediately after we were married we started creating them.
One of our first was having a homemade pizza night once a week. That went on for quite a few years and now even my daughter’s family has picked up the tradition!
Of course this past year we’ve both been trying to lose a little ‘extra’ weight and eat healthier so we are limiting ourselves to having pizza night once a month instead!
I’ll admit it’s actually been a good thing, because not only do I look forward to it, I actually am trying new and even MORE delicious ways to enjoy it!
Today I’m going to share one of my latest creations!
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Now usually pizza is made on a pizza pan or stone. But today I’m sharing a skillet pizza recipe, so you’re going to need to dig out your cast-iron skillet! I know you have one!
NO? Well, friend, you really NEED to get one! They are such an amazing tool in the kitchen! I use mine for everything. Baking, one-pot dinners, pancakes, and yes, pizza!
Now before I get to how we make the pizza, let me start by saying I planned this post several weeks ago. When I did, there was a shortage of flour, but I kept the faith that by the time it came to typing up this post the flour shortage would be over. I was right, (at least in my local store) but now there is a yeast shortage!! That’s right. NO YEAST! And of course, my pizza dough recipe calls for yeast!
What’s a girl to do? Well, it’s was back to the taste testing drawing board!
Thankfully I was able to come up with a substitute that actually worked the first time!
What can you use as a substitution for yeast in pizza dough?
Equal parts baking soda & buttermilk! So if your recipe calls for a package of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons). You substitute it with 1 1/8 teaspoons of baking soda + 1 1/8 teaspoons buttermilk. Mixing the two together reacts exactly like yeast when it hits warm water. POOF!!
What if I don’t have buttermilk?
No worries. I didn’t either. I just made my own. (Pour 1 Tablespoon of vinegar into a glass measuring cup. Pour in milk and fill to the 1 cup line.) Mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes. ** I only need 1 1/8 teaspoon for my recipe so I refrigerated the rest for another recipe.
Make sure you have all of your ingredients ready!
This is VERY important! I’ll be sharing why in just a bit!
Here are the rest of the ingredients you’ll need! Baby spinach, plum or grape tomatoes, olives, chicken (cooked), feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and red onion. (I didn’t have any red onion so I skipped it.) For the sauce, you’ll mix together Olive oil, minced garlic and Italian seasoning.
To bake this delicious crust to perfection you’re going to need a VERY hot oven! Like 500 degrees hot! So while you’re preparing your other ingredients preheat that oven.
Now that the oven is preheated it’s time to prepare your skillet.** This step is absolutely necessary for a crispy on the outside-tender on the inside crust so please don’t skip it! Place your empty skillet into the oven for 10 minutes!
After 10 minutes, CAREFULLY remove the skillet from the oven and place it on a protective surface. (IT WILL BE SUPER HOT!)
Now it’s time to add your dough to the skillet. Before you do* drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil into the hot pan. Then carefully place your dough into the center of the skillet and with your fingers begin to spread the dough out to the edges. (You will hear a sizzling sound the moment the dough hits the skillet! That’s a good thing!)
However big your pan is-will be how thick your crust is.
I like a thicker crust but if you’re not a fan I would definitely cut the dough in half and make 2 smaller pizzas instead of 1 large.
Now it’s time to assemble your pizza!
When the cheese begins to bubble and the crust turns golden brown, your pizza is ready to come out of the oven!
I like to sprinkle the pizza with just a little extra feta cheese and fresh basil if I have it! Then it’s time to cut and EAT!!!
I guarantee EVERY bite of that tangy melted cheese, sweet tomato, fresh spinach and moist chicken will tantalize your tastebuds! But it’s that crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside crust that will make you go in for another bite!
And another…and another!
Here’s the full recipe for my Chicken Mediterranean Skillet Pizza!
Chicken Mediterranean Skillet Pizza
Homemade Pizza dough topped with spinach, tomatoes, roasted chicken, olives, and two kinds of cheese!
- 2 1/4 tsp active yeast **SEE Substitution
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 medium chicken breast cooked & diced
- 5 Tablespoons olive oil **Divided
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 3/4 cup feta cheese
- 6-7 grape tomatoes cut in half
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 medium red onion sliced thinly (Optional)
Add warm water and yeast (or substitute) to a stand mixer bowl. Add in sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then add in flour, salt and olive oil. Mix with dough hook for 10 minutes. Dough will be sticky. Flour hands and remove the dough from the bowl. Preheat the oven to 500. Combine 4 Tablespoons of olive oil with minced garlic and Italian seasoning. Place a cast-iron skillet into the hot oven for 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and place on a protected surface. Pour in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Place pizza dough into the center of the skillet and carefully spread the dough out to the edges. Brush the dough with the olive oil and garlic mixture. Top with mozzarella cheese and chicken. Cover with onion, Spinach, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Place skillet back in the oven for 14-16 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
If you’ve never tried a skillet pizza, I hope today I’ve inspired you to try one! And if you don’t already have a traditional pizza night, I hope you start one too!
Obviously they are so yummy to eat, but they can be super fun to make too!
Here are more pizza recipes that you may enjoy!
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