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Thai Chicken Pizza

January 7, 2010

~ JP ~

We used to host exchange students and one year, we hosted a young man from Jedda, Saudi Arabia. After he’d been with us a couple of months, he asked if it was OK for his aunt to visit from Canada. We were happy to oblige and she arrived in due time. We learned she had fled an abusive marriage in her country, leaving with her kids and starting over on her own in another country. She was no shrinking violet. Eventually, she started Zena Caffe in Toronto on Church Street, which is the equivalent of New York’s Times Square.  It’s in the heart of the gay community, just off Dundas Square. It was a colorful business – quite normal during the day, and with a loyal clientele of  transvestite performers coming in after hours. She learned how they tied their parts back to pass for females, and other trade secrets. She sold the place a few years ago. I don’t know if anything remains. She had been asked by her brother to look in on his son (our student). And, although she hadn’t seen either of them in over a decade, she came to the Twin Cities to check in on him. On her first night in town, she showed us how to make Thai Peanut Sauce. We’ve used it ever since.

The key to this pizza is the peanut sauce and fresh toppings. First, the pizza sauce:

Thai Peanut Sauce

-Zena Omer

Ingredients:

     Butter ½ stick
     Minced garlic ½ Tbsp
     Dried crushed red pepper couple of pinches
     Peanut butter (crunchy) ½ cup
     Soy sauce 1 Tbsp to start
     Chicken broth ½ can or more (3/4 cup?)
     Apple or orange juice ~¼ the amount of chicken broth

Combine on low heat – sauté
Butter, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper

Whisking continuously, add:
Peanut butter, soy sauce (add enough to taste the salt and see mixture darken)

Lower heat and mix in chicken broth, then apple/orange juice

This makes about twice what you need on a pizza. Use the rest on noodles.


The Pizza

Ingredients:

     14” crust – whatever you like
     Boneless, skinless chicken breast
     1 carrot, Julienne or grated
     1.5 teaspoons olive oil
     2 teaspoons minced cilantro
     3 green onions
     2 Tbsp chopped peanuts
     ½ cup bean sprouts

1. Preheat oven to 475°

2. Chop chicken into smallish chunks and stir fry 3-5 minutes in about ¼ cup of peanut sauce. (I do this instead of marinading chicken in peanut sauce overnight before cooking. Do it your way).

3. Place on the crust in layers:

     a. ½ cup of peanut sauce

     b. 1 cup of mozzarella

     c. green onions

     d. cubed chicken

     e. bean sprouts – optional to put on after it’s baked

     f. julienned carrots (I just use the food processor and chop them)

     g. the remaining mozzarella cheese

     h. cilantro- optional to put on after it’s baked 

    i. chopped peanuts

Bake the pizza for 10 – 12 minutes or until the crust turns brown.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2010 3:11 pm

    Mmm. Peanut sauce. And pizza.
    We actually do our own version of this pizza — and it’s one of our favoites. I like a few shredded carrots on mine. And sometimes a thin slice of red pepper or two…

  2. January 7, 2010 8:07 pm

    Wow, what a story, I mean wow. Thanks for sharing that, because if it were not for people that one meets or hosts, you would not have these bits of genius shared.

    • January 8, 2010 10:28 am

      Glad you enjoyed it – I’m with you on the sharing – we learned so much from our students over the years. I’m just starting to find them on Facebook too.

  3. January 7, 2010 8:25 pm

    Love the story. The pizza looks fantastic – never thought about peanut sauce on a pizza… but I’m gonna try it next time!

  4. January 7, 2010 8:59 pm

    You have to know the Italian in me is wondering, “Peanut sauce on pizza!???” But you know – I love peanut sauce – so why not! I love the tale. Life can be amazing and you just never know which road will lead to where.

    • January 8, 2010 10:30 am

      Whenever we try a pizza that’s exotic I always make a pepperoni pizza as a backup. That way, we get leftovers too.

  5. January 7, 2010 10:20 pm

    gorgeous looking pizza! and an interesting story!

  6. January 7, 2010 11:08 pm

    One word… YUM! :)

  7. January 7, 2010 11:23 pm

    Very interesting pizza. Love the photo!

  8. January 8, 2010 12:20 am

    Great story. Love it. Pizza looks delish too.

  9. January 8, 2010 1:44 am

    Loved the story,the pizza looks yummy.

  10. January 8, 2010 2:01 am

    Awesome story! Recipe sounds good, too!!

  11. January 8, 2010 7:00 am

    Sounds interesting… Something I would try.

  12. January 8, 2010 8:50 am

    Oh yum. For me, it goes well with anything.

  13. tastyeatsathome permalink
    January 8, 2010 9:20 am

    Wow, interesting flavors, but an even more interesting story! Love it.

  14. oc2seattle permalink
    January 8, 2010 1:21 pm

    This looks so good and I love the story! What a remarkable woman!

  15. January 8, 2010 1:29 pm

    What a different and delicious idea! …The things you can do with pizza, love it!

  16. January 8, 2010 11:48 pm

    what a nice little story, and pizza looks fab!

  17. January 9, 2010 8:03 am

    Thai inspired pizzas are the best!

  18. January 9, 2010 9:43 am

    Nice combination with surprise.

  19. January 9, 2010 11:04 am

    Great story and very clever pizza!

  20. January 9, 2010 1:45 pm

    thanks for sharing the story! a very touching and meaningful one.
    thanks for the sharing the recipe too! just a bottle of thai beer, i’m ready to go!

  21. stevo permalink
    January 19, 2010 6:20 pm

    Looks great! Is it just me or is the recipe truncated at step 3.c of building the pizza?

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      January 19, 2010 7:10 pm

      Thanks Stevo – sometimes I don’t read everything that’s sent to me all the way through and it gets me in trouble.
      I’m opening Jp’s original and adding the rest right now.
      The even sadder part is, is that I made this pizza this weekend (delish), saw that it ended abruptly and didn’t investigate any furthur.
      Thanks for keeping me on the ball! ~ Mary

  22. stevo permalink
    January 19, 2010 7:16 pm

    Much better! Thanks Mary!

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