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Spicy Chicken Pizza
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Toss the chicken with the marinade ingredients.
Start with the two cheeses.
Add the tomato and eggplant.
Finish with the cooked chicken and peppers.

Spicy Chicken Pizza

Makes 2 10-inch or 4 8-inch pizzas

This has always been one of the most popular recipes at my Cafés. It's a wonderful, hearty pizza, spicy and delicious, perfect for dinner for a family.

  • About 1-1/4 pounds skinned and boned uncooked chicken, cut into small cubes to make 4 cups.


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 large jalapeño peppers, trimmed and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough


  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 2 cups grated Fontina cheese (8 ounces)
  • 6 Roma tomatoes (about 1 pound), ends trimmed, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup cubed Asian eggplant, sautéed or grilled
  • 1 recipe Caramelized Onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced red and yellow bell peppers, sautéed or grilled
  1. Marinate the chicken: Arrange the cubed chicken in a shallow medium bowl and toss with the marinade ingredients, using 1/4 cup of olive oil. Season lightly with salt and let marinate for about 1 hour, refrigerated.
  2. In a skillet or sauté pan large enough to hold the chicken in one layer, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon. Sauté the chicken just to brown on all sides. Do not overcook. Remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 500° F. On a lightly floured surface, stretch or roll out the dough to make two 10-inch rounds, with the outer border a little thicker than the inner circle. Transfer dough to wooden pizza paddles or cookie sheets.
  4. Layer the pizza: Start with the mozzarella, then the Fontina, tomato, eggplant, caramelized onions, cooked chicken, and peppers. Slide the pizza onto the baking stone. Bake until the pizza is nicely browned, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Transfer the pizza to a firm surface and cut into slices with a pizza cutter or very sharp knife. Serve immediately.

Wine Recommendation:

Although it's hard to see pizza with anything other than beer, there are some great wine pairings that you might like to try. Bonny Doon’s Ca’ del Solo and Edmunds St. John’s Port ‘o Call reds are perfect, and inexpensive, partners for this Spicy Chicken Pizza.
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