Spicy Mediterranean Chicken Pizza

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In these days when we can’t zip out for a pizza dinner or travel to pizza-making countries, you can transport yourself to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean with the flavours of this savoury, spicy chicken pizza. Get your tongue dancing with zesty chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, tangy marinated artichokes, and creamy cheese.

Who doesn’t love pizza?

I can’t remember when I first tasted pizza – probably during junior high school. It certainly wasn’t a food my mom cooked at home during my childhood. In our German household, we ate beautiful homemade noodles and dumplings, savoury meats, sausages, and cabbage dishes. We had delicious salads and all kinds of flavourful vegetable side dishes and wonderful homemade baking. But pizza and pasta – those were foreign foods.

By the time I was in high school, we’d started making a popular (at the time) recipe for a biscuit crust pizza topped with tomato sauce, sliced wieners, and shredded orange cheddar cheese – not exactly the pizza I craving today. But once I got my driver’s license (yay! freedom! adventure!) my friends and I could drive to Grande Prairie, a 45-minute trip from our farm, and head to an actual pizza joint for the real thing. Now that was living! We felt so worldly and sophisticated. That pizza! Savoury and tomatoey and oozing cheese. It was delicious.


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Fast forward to today, and I’ve eaten many, many a pizza — even the most amazing pizzas right at the source in Italy. But there’s still something special about making our own pizza at home. This one’s a winner — each bite is an explosion of flavours.

I make sure to always have the ingredients for this pizza on hand.

I often cook up a double or quadruple batch of the chicken mixture and freeze it in sandwich bags so it’s ready to use whenever the craving strikes. I’ve always got a huge jar of those amazing marinated artichokes in my fridge (the 1.8-litre jar from Superstore is very reasonably priced) and a large jar of marinated sun-dried tomatoes with herbs.

Any day is pizza day now.

Kitchen Frau Notes: You can make this pizza with pre-baked or partially baked prepared pizza shells or make fresh pizza dough. In that case, go by the temperature and baking time dictated by your recipe.

Spicy Mediterranean Chicken Pizza

  • 2 tablespoons oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oil from sundried tomatoes
  • ½ lb (225 gm) lean ground chicken
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large pizza shell (12-13″) or two individual pizza shells (8-9″)
  • ½ cup pizza sauce or tomato-based spaghetti sauce
  • ½ cup marinated artichoke heart quarters, drained (about eight)
  • ½ of a red bell pepper
  • 2 cups (240 gm) shredded, lightly-packed Havarti cheese (or your favourite pizza cheese)
  • fresh oregano or basil leaves, optional


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Preheat the oven to 375°F if using a pre-baked or partially baked pizza shell. If using an unbaked pizza crust, set the oven at the recommended temperature for your recipe.

Add the sundried tomatoes, garlic, ground chicken, oil, salt, paprika, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes to a skillet. Sauté over medium heat, breaking up the chicken into smaller chunks until the meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat.

Spread the tomato sauce over the pizza shell (dividing it if using two shells) right to the edges of the dough.

Evenly spread the chicken mixture over the pizza.

Slice each artichoke quarter in half lengthwise to make two thinner wedges. Arrange them over the chicken.

Cut the red pepper in half again lengthwise and cut each section into thin crosswise slices. Arrange these between the artichokes. Top with the shredded cheese.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling.

Cool five minutes. Top with torn fresh oregano leaves, if desired. Pass extra crushed red pepper flakes for anyone who’d like a spicier pizza.

Makes one large or two individual pizzas.

For more great recipes visit my food blog at www.kitchenfrau.com

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