Chicken & Kale Pizza and Buttery Garlic Knots

You know those day where you just crave bread?

Okay, maybe you don’t.

But I certainly do. And that is exactly why a couple of nights ago I dedicated my evening to making a gourmet Chicken & Veggie Pizza. And it was oh-so worth it! Homemade pizza dough is divine: soft and warm out of the oven. Of course, I took some of the extra pizza dough I wasn’t going to use and created the most delicious garlic knots ever. I was seriously so full and so satisfied after this meal. I ate enough pizza for multiple people but there was essentially a salad on top so I think I am in the clear.

Chicken & Kale Pizza

Ingredients for Dough: (makes one 12″ pizza)

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 package (.25 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Toppings:

  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Grilled chicken
  • Prego pasta sauce (or any sauce of your choosing)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped Bell Pepper
  • Kale leaves

Directions:

In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in flour, salt, and oil. Knead together. You only need to let the dough rest for only 5 minutes, I went out and ran errands for an hour and covered it with olive oil-covered saran wrap so that it could rise a little more.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and pat it or roll it into your desired pizza shape. Transfer flattened dough to an oiled baking tray or tray/pizza pan dusted with cornmeal. I popped the pizza dough into the oven for 3-5 minutes by itself to let it get a head start on cooking. I then pull it out of the oven and spread on my desired toppings. Pop this delicious looking creation back into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Garlic Knots

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough (from above recipe)
  • Melted Butter
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Optional: red pepper flakes

The garlic knots are easy. Mix melted butter and garlic (and preferred spices) in a bowl and set aside. With the extra pizza dough rip of a handful and roll into a log. Tie the log into a knot in the middle and fold the extra (if there is any)up and over to meet in the middle of the other side. Place on a baking sheet ans brush with the delicious, buttery mixture. Place in the oven. Eat them all. The End.

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