Friday, November 3, 2017

BBQ Chicken Jalapeno Pizza

In my mission to create a delicious pizza (which the entire family loves) and also keep it low-sodium and *heart healthy, here's what I came up with today. It was a big hit, and one I'll certainly be making again. It looks a bit involved, but it really isn't. There's just a lot of stuff going on in this pizza and it's totally worth it!

BBQ CHICKEN JALAPENO PIZZA

INGREDIENTS

2 multi-grain or whole wheat thin pizza crusts
1/2 cup (divided) low sodium pizza sauce
1 cup low sodium BBQ sauce (divided)
1 lb. extra lean ground chicken, crumbled and browned
1/2 sweet yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 sweet green pepper, chopped
1/4 c. red onion, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup hot banana pepper rings
1/2 cup (each), low-fat cheddar, shredded, low-fat mozzarella, shredded and low-fat asiago, shredded (all divided - each pizza gets 1/4 cup of each type of cheese)
Garlic powder

METHOD

Pre-heat oven to 450 (or whatever your pizza crust directions indicate). In a medium sized frying pan, brown the chicken and add 1/4 c. BBQ sauce. Let simmer in the sauce for 10-15 minutes then remove from burner and set aside. Meanwhile, chop your peppers and onion and toss into a medium sized bowl.  Toss several times to make sure they're blended well.  Line two pizza pans with parchment paper and place your crusts on top. Line each crust with 1/4 cup each of pizza sauce and BBQ sauce.  Apply the sauce in a spiral fashion, from the center of the crust and working your way out then spread with a spatula to assure an even coating all the way around. Layer on each crust, half the chicken and half the veggies (or use less if you prefer a thinner pizza - save some of the meat and veggies in air tight containers and use in another recipe).  Over the meat and veggies, sprinkle the cheddar, mozzarella and asiago. Finally, give each pizza a generous shake of garlic powder.  Bake for 10 minutes, then enjoy!

*In our house, "heart healthy" means low sodium, low or zero trans fat, low calorie and low or zero cholesterol. I aim for all categories in any given recipe.  I don't always get there with every single category but I get pretty close and that's the important part of transitioning from a junk way of eating to a clean and healthy way!