Chicken & Spinach Pizza

There’s just something about Pizza! It’s easy, you can make it as simple or as complex as you want. It can be the starter before a main dish or it can be the main dish itself. You can eat it with a knife and fork or with your hands.

It can be crafted to fit almost any diet out there from Vegetarian to Gluten Free, Vegan to Paleo. You can have it with almost any topping you can think of, or care to eat. The only limitation is your imagination.

Pizza is one of our go-to meals in our house. It’s easy to make and can use just about any leftover ingredient you have in the fridge. Bought to many vegetables at the Farmer’s market, no problem. A little tomato sauce, a little mozzarella cheese and some fresh herbs and presto, a vegetarian pizza. Don’t like raw vegetables on your pizza, pop them in the oven with a little olive oil and salt & pepper for 20 mins to soften them up and now you have a roasted vegetable pizza. Leftover meat in the fridge, just add some BBQ sauce, some sliced red onion, a little pineapple, and you got yourself the perfect meal.

Case in point, the other night we had a bunch of leftover BBQ chicken and spinach to use up and weren’t sure what to do with it. That’s when inspiration struck.

A little spinach, some sliced red onion, BBQ sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese and the making of a pizza had come together.

ingredients

Fired up the BBQ and then diced the leftover chicken.

Diced Chicken

Spread a little of the BBQ sauce on our favourite pizza crust.

BBQ sauce

Added the chicken.

Chicken

Sprinkled on the mozzarella cheese.

Mozzeralla Cheese

Layered on the spinach and the red onion.

Spinach and Red Onion

Add a little Feta cheese for kicks. Throw it on the BBQ for  4-6 minutes and voila, BBQ’d chicken & spinach pizza.

Finished Pizza
BBQ’d Chicken & Spinach Pizza.

  • 1 -2 chicken breast
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cup of uncooked spinach
  • 1/2 cup of sliced red onion
  • 3 -4 Tbsp of BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  1. Pre-heat your BBQ / Oven. If using your oven preheat to 425°C. If you have a pizza stone place it in the BBQ/Oven while it’s preheating.
  2. Cut chicken breast in bite size pieces. IMPORTANT: If using raw chicken you will need to cook it first before putting on the pizza. I suggest sautéing it in olive oil with S&P until no longer pink inside.
  3. Spread the BBQ sauce over the pizza crust.
  4. Add the cooked chicken on top.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over top.
  6. Add the spinach and then red  onion.
  7. Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese all around.
  8. If cooking on the BBQ, place pizza on the pizza stone and close the lid. Check every minute or so to make sure the crust isn’t starting to burn. If so use tongs and turn the crust around. Cook for 6-8 minutes depending on crispy you like the crust. If cooking in the over place the pizza on the pizza stone and cook for 10-12 min. Turn over to broil and broil for 3-4 min to brown the feta cheese on top.
  9. Cut into pieces and enjoy.

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. Feel free to add additional vegetables you may like or a little crumbled bacon as well. In the past I’ve made a Hawaiian/Greek version by adding ham, pineapple, black olives and diced tomato.

Cheers,

LB

Author: Les Brown

Advocating for great wine and food.

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