Buffalo Chicken Pizza Appetizer

buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo wing sauce is such a huge flavor in our house. We try to limited processed snack food around the house, but every time a new chip, pretzel, or any snack comes out flavored buffalo wings we have to buy them all. This Buffalo Chicken Pizza could definitely be a meal, but I think it is such a great appetizer. Something quick and easy to throw together for unexpected guests or super hungry kids.

buffalo chicken pizza

If you have been following my recipes for a while you already know I am a huge believer in the chicken thigh. I usually buy them in bulk and freeze small portions for the week. The meat to me just has so much flavor and stays juicy. I personally feel like they fill me up quicker than the chicken breast. If you love the flavors of buffalo chicken, but not the calories definitely try using a little sauce over grilled or baked chicken thighs.

I used my go to pizza dough for this recipe because it comes together very quickly. I wanted something that would pair well with garlic and buffalo flavors. I topped the pizza with monterey jack  cheese for a really melty bite.

buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Appetizer
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Sweet garlic dough covered in buffalo chicken, melted cheese, and creamy ranch.
Ingredients
  • For the dough:
  • 1 packet of active yeast
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • For the toppings.
  • Chopped chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup of hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder, divided
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups of grated monterey jack
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • ½ tsp dill
  • ⅛ tsp of salt (just a pinch)
Instructions
  1. Mix the yeast, honey and water together and let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast bubbles
  2. Add in the flour and salt
  3. Mix with a dough hook for about 5 minutes until a ball forms
  4. Cover and set to the side for 30 minutes to rise
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  6. In a saute pan toss the chicken with 1 tbsp of butter until cooked through
  7. Add the remaining butter, hot sauce, chopped garlic
  8. Heat sauce through and toss the chicken to coat
  9. Roll out the dough on a floured surface then transfer to a large pan
  10. Sprinkle the dough with 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  11. Top with the hot sauce and chicken mixture
  12. Crack a little black pepper over the top
  13. Cover with the cheese
  14. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden
  15. Mix the sour cream, milk, dill, salt and remaining garlic powder
  16. Drizzle over the pizza
  17. Add a little more hot sauce if you want!

buffalo chicken pizza

You can garnish with fresh parsley or dill if you are feeling fancy! This recipe is the perfect combo of my two favorite foods! Don’t forget to #kelliericecakes if you try this recipe!

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Best Pizza Dough I’ve Ever Had

best pizza dough recipe

Pizza is usually a staple in our household. It is something super easy you can throw together with whatever ingredients you have on hand. We always have a variety of meats, cheeses and veggies. This dough is my all time favorite because it is so easy. It takes hardly any time to make and tastes just as good, if not better, than a more complex dough.

If you have noticed the lack of posts lately, it is because I made a bet at work. 14 days no diet coke, no pasta, no bread, no potatoes, no popcorn, no fruits, no sugar of any kind. 14 days of water, more water, protein, veggies, and even more water. Of course with some exercise thrown in.

I have been making so many excuses of how I am way to busy to go to the gym or I am just so tired I want to eat something comforting. This “diet” bet will hold me accountable and help me cleanse all the garbage I’ve been ingesting this year. So far I am day 6. Went cold turkey on the diet coke and wine. No more chocolates or treats after dinner. Today I finally made it back to my yoga class and we took the kids to the skating rink after.

Long story short- enjoy this pizza for me! It is delicious.

By the way, the pizza shown above is mozzarella, prosciutto, jalapenos, olives, cherry peppers and mushrooms.

Best Pizza Dough I've Ever Had
Recipe type: Pizza, Dough
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Serves: 1 pizza
 
Thin fluffy crust made from this easy dough recipe.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of bread flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • ½ stick melted butter
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a mixture attach the dough hook. Pour in the yeast, sugar and water. Let sit until bubbles form and you can smell the yeast activating. Add 2½ cups of flour, the salt, butter, garlic and herbs. Turn the mixer on medium low speed and allow all the ingredients to mix together. Use a spatula to scrap the sides if needed. If the dough still looks sticky add in more flour. The dough should be tacky to the tough, but not wet. Once the dough starts to form a ball pull from mixture and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead one or two times as you shape the ball of dough. Once you have the shape to your liking place the dough in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and cover with a cloth or plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 1½ hours. Now you are ready to make that pizza!

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Seriously, make one of these and eat it for me!

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Pizza Hand Pies

pizza pie

Pizza Hand Pie

What is better than a huge cheesy pizza folded in half to capture all the excess toppings? A hand pie crust filled with pizza toppings! All the goodness without the mess. I’m talking bubbling melted mozzarella, juicy veggies, garlic and marinara in a crispy crust.  Did I mention kid friendly? My boyfriend’s kids were highly skeptical, but once they bit into them and realized it was pizza it was two thumbs up!

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I have seriously been trying to pack every meal with veggies lately. This hand pie has red peppers, green peppers, yellow onions, olives, mushrooms – so easy to customize. I would have added jalapenos, but the jar I had was so spicy. As in unbelievably spicy. You know how you can go to Subway on a Monday and have their jalapenos and they are perfect, but you go a few days later and they are miniature fire bombs? I think that is what is going on with these. I just happened to buy a jar filled with all the seeds from the other jars.

pizza crust These hand pies are different from calzones because I skipped the ricotta and added marinara. You do not have to put the sauce inside the hand pie. I just prefer the sauce to cook into the veggies. Just make sure you go fairly light so it does not spill out the sides.

Pizza Hand Pies
Recipe type: Dinner, Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Crispy pizza crust stuffed with meats, cheeses and veggies.
Ingredients
  • Pizza dough
  • Egg wash (1 egg yolk plus water)
  • Assorted veggies
  • Sliced olives
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Pepperonis
  • Mixture of Italian cheese - provolone, mozzarella, Parmesan
  • Italian seasoning
  • Marinara sauce
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425.
  2. Divide the pizza dough into 4 equal balls.
  3. Roll out into 4 equal ovals on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Spoon about 1 tsp of marinara over the center of the dough. Do not get too close to the edge. Leave about an inch.
  5. Add the pepperoni and veggies.
  6. Top with a handful of shredded cheeses.
  7. Pull one side of the dough over the topping to meet the opposite edge.
  8. Use a fork to crimp the dough together.
  9. Roll the crimp one time and use the fork or fingers to pinch down again.
  10. It is important to add the extra roll over the dough edge to keep all those toppings locked up.
  11. Use a knife to cut 3 slits on the top to let steam out.
  12. Brush egg wash over crust.
  13. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  14. Bake for 20 minute until crust is golden brown.
  15. Keep an eye on them because they cook very fast. I cooked mine for 25 minutes. I should have pulled them out a few minutes earlier.

I hope you enjoy! This is one of my favorite meals. It is quick and easy with a fast clean up. I highly recommend heating the rest of the marinara with some crushed red pepper and olive oil for dipping! Yum!

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Tangy Pepper and Olive Pepperoni Pizza




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 As much as I try I just cannot go a week without pizza. I even considered a cheese-less kale pizza to try and justify my cravings. This pizza has half the fat of a pizza from a local chain and is bursting with flavor. The mild garlic olives infused with the spice from the jalapenos and splash of sweet from the banana peppers. Such a winning combo. I added in a few boarshead pepperonis because they are my all time favorite.

What you need:

For the dough:

1 Cup of AP Flour

1/2 packet of active yeast

1/2 cup of warm water

1/2 tsp italian seasoning

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp salt

For the toppings:

banana peppers

jalapenos

garlic marinated olives

boardshead pepperoni

mozzarella

pizza sauce of your choice

How to make it:

Preheat your oven to 375.

I used a bread machine and just dumped all the ingredients in the machine on the dough setting. This dough does not need more then 20 minutes of rise time. We are making a fairly thin crust.  If you do not have a bread machine just mix your sugar, water, and yeast together. Let sit for 2 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients.

Roll your dough out as thin as you prefer. I did about 1/2 an inch thick.

Top your pizza with the sauce, cheese, peppers, olives and pepperoni. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust has a deep golden color and cheese is bubbling.

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Just try to only have one piece 😉

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