Spicy Chicken Grilled Pizzas

The seasoning in the sauce along with the pepper Jack cheese provide real zip!


Details

Difficulty

Beginner

Yield

8 (8-inch) pizzas

Prep Time

20 minutes

Grill Time

6 to 8 minutes

Ingredients


  • Crust
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® Pizza Crust Yeast
  • OR Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/3 cups very warm water (120° to 130°F)*
  • 1/3 cup Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Additional flour for rolling
  • Toppings
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Kick'N chicken
  • 1 package (12 to 14 ounces) precooked smoked chicken sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • Sliced green onions

Directions


Combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky.  Knead** on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.  (If not using Pizza Yeast, allow dough to rest 10 minutes.) 

Divide dough into 8 equal portions.  Pat or roll dough on a well-floured counter to about 8-inch circles; they do not need to be perfect.

Start charcoal fire or preheat gas grill to medium-high heat.

Beat the cream cheese and seasoning together and set aside.

Lift each crust carefully, using hands, and place on grill.  Grill for 3 to 4 minutes until bottom is lightly browned and top appears set.  Using long handled tongs, remove crust from grill, grilled side up, to a platter or baking sheet.

Spread the cream cheese mixture on the the grilled side of each pizza crust.  Top each with about 8 slices of sausage, 2 tablespoons diced peppers, and 1/2 cup of cheese.  

Carefully slide each pizza onto the grill.  Cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes until bottom of crust is browned and cheese is melted.  Remove from grill.  Top with green onions. Serve immediately.

*If you don't have a thermometer, water should feel very warm to the touch.

**To knead the dough, add just enough flour to the dough and your hands to keep the dough from sticking.  Flatten dough and fold it toward you. Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away with a rolling motion.  Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat the "fold, push and turn" steps.  Keep kneading dough until it is smooth and elastic.  Use a little more flour if dough becomes too sticky, always working the flour into the ball of dough.

Make Ahead:   Dough (but NOT individual crusts) may be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored covered in the refrigerator.  Punch down and roll out just before grilling.  OR, pizzas may be partially grilled ahead of serving.  Here’s how:  Grill one side of the pizza crust.  Cool.  Tightly wrap and refrigerate until serving time.  Top pizzas with desired toppings (on grilled side) and finish grilling on preheated grill.  

Dough sticking to grill?  Make sure grill has been preheated and cleaned.  To prevent sticking, drizzle oil over paper towel and carefully wipe over grates. Or lightly brush pizza crusts on both sides with oil before grilling.