This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeItYourself #CollectiveBias #BakeFromScratch One of my favorite pizza recipes – this chicken and broccoli pizza is a go-to for pizza night at my home!
I first discovered chicken broccoli pizza at one of my local pizza places. I usually get veggie pizzas as a healthier option, and this particular pizza looked really good. It did not disappoint, so I ended up making it my regular pizza I get from there.
Sadly, I don’t live near that pizzeria anymore, so I’ve taken to making it at home when I get a craving for a slice. With the help of Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, it doesn’t take long to whip up a pizza for a delicious weeknight dinner or weekend lunch.
Why You Need to Make This Yeast Pizza Crust
Making your own pizza crust is so rewarding, especially with this chicken and broccoli pizza. There is nothing better than taking a few ingredients and turning them into something incredibly delicious. Homemade pizza crust has a really great taste and makes your home smell incredible.
This particular recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge in baking, or any experienced baker who wants a quick and easy pizza crust that doesn’t take a ton of time or pre-planning.
What is even better is this recipe is straight from Fleischmann’s®, so it is tried and true, so you end up with a pizza crust you are proud to bake and share with everyone. Plus, it takes only a few minutes to make the dough and doesn’t require as much rising time as other recipes. In fact, you can go from pizza craving to pizza devouring in well under an hour.
Tips on Using Yeast
A lot of people get nervous using yeast when making bread, but it is so easy just as long as you follow a couple of simple rules.
First, check that your yeast is not expired! If you use expired yeast, it just won’t work and is the culprit to a bread not rising a lot of the time.
Second, your water should be warm to the touch but not hot! It should be about 120-130 degrees F. I recommend using a thermometer. If you don’t have one, it is roughly the same temperature as a comfortably warm (not hot) bath.
Customize Your Homemade Pizza
Of course, this recipe is for chicken broccoli pizza, but you can customize yours with any flavors you love.
First, think about the base you want. The traditional is, of course, a tomato sauce base. You can also use a garlic oil base (which is what I typically use for chicken and broccoli pizza normally), a creamy white sauce, pesto, or barbecue sauce.
Second, the cheese. There’s so much you can do with cheese. The most popular cheeses to use include mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, Parmesan, Emmental, and Romano. Feel free to mix and match, or try something new entirely. In the UK, I’ve seen a few pizza places put brie on their pizza.
The toppings all depend on the mood you want. If you are going for something with a lot of balance, you want to pair something meaty with something with a bit of texture or crunch. If you are adding a lot of vegetables to your pizza, I am a fan of experimenting with seasonal vegetables.
If you want to add a sweeter topping like pineapple, go for sweeter meat that also has a bit of a saltier kick to help balance out the flavors. More than anything, I highly recommend mixing and matching different flavors to find something unique and fun!
If you’re looking for more dinner inspiration, try my turkey chili or cheesy turkey stuffed peppers!
1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pack Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)*
3 tablespoons Canola oil
1 1/3 cups broccoli florets
1/2 to 1 cup pizza sauce
1 to 2 cups (4 to 8 ounces or 125 to 250g) shredded mozzarella cheese
5oz shredded cooked chicken
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Add in your pizza stone or baking sheet to preheat, too.
- Mix together one cup of the flour, the Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast, sugar, and salt to a bowl. Add in the water and oil. Stir until well-combined.
- Add in 3/4 cup of flour and mix until it comes together. Add a touch more flour if the dough feels too sticky.
- Knead for about 8 minutes, until the dough feels soft and stretchy. Place in the bowl and cover for 10 minutes.
- While the dough is rising, blanch your broccoli and set aside.
- Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 12 inches wide. Roll the ends to form the crust.
- Spread the sauce around the pizza, making sure not to get it onto the edge crust.
- Top with the cheese, then with the chicken and broccoli, then sprinkle with the seasoning.
- Place the pizza on the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet.
- Bake for 12 - 15 mins or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.
Try using garlic-infused extra virgin olive oil instead of pizza sauce to switch things up!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 357 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 323mg Carbohydrates: 52g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g
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