Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I think I’ve been on something of a buffalo chicken kick lately, as is evidenced by the fact that this is the second buffalo chicken dish I’ve posted this week, but this pizza is so delicious that I just can’t help myself. Y’all know I adore buffalo chicken anything, so of course the idea of buffalo chicken pizza always fascinated me.

buffalo chicken pizza

And yet… every version I tried fell flat and turned out to be a huge bummer. I mean, I’m aware that I never should have trusted the big chain pizza fast food places to do it right, but I’ve tried homemade versions that were hideously uninspiring and local, non-chain, reputable pizza joints have underwhelmed me too.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

The concept of a delicious, cohesive buffalo chicken pizza still eluded me; and yet I have never truly lost hope. A small part of me always believed that flavorful buffalo chicken with good ingredients was out there somewhere.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Turns out, I was right! One of my lovely Christmas presents was Jessica Merchant’s recently published debut cookbook, Seriously Delish, and upon flipping through it and discovering that she’d included a recipe for buffalo chicken pizza, I knew that was getting made immediately.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Upon tasting my first bite, it seemed that my prayers to the buffalo chicken pizza gods had finally been answered. This version is so unbelievably delicious! It’s everything I thought and believed buffalo chicken pizza could be. I am beyond thrilled right now. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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Source: slightly adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant

Ingredients:
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs unsalted butter
¾ cup buffalo sauce, divided
3 tbs sour cream
A splash of whole milk
2 oz. plus 1 generous tbs blue cheese crumbles, divided
1 uncooked pizza dough
12 oz. Fontina cheese, shredded
8 oz. white cheddar, shredded
Snipped fresh chives, for garnish
Torn fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425 F. Grease and flour a standard pizza pan and set aside.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter melts, add the chicken and cook until it’s golden brown on all sides. Add ¼ cup buffalo sauce and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and set the chicken aside.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, milk, and the 1 tbs blue cheese crumbles to make a blue cheese sauce. Shape the pizza dough onto your pizza pan, stretching it all the way out to the edges. Spread the blue cheese sauce onto the pizza dough, leaving about a 1-inch border all the way around. Add the remaining ½ cup buffalo sauce and spread it onto the pizza dough, again leaving a 1-inch border all around. It’s fine if the buffalo sauce and blue cheese sauce swirl together.
Now cover the sauce with half the Fontina cheese. Add the chicken mixture all over the top of the Fontina. Cover the chicken with the remaining Fontina, the cheddar, and half of the remaining blue cheese. Bake the pizza until the cheese is golden and bubbly and the crust is just starting to brown on the edges, about 15-18 minutes.
Once the pizza is done baking, remove it from the oven and cover it with the remaining blue cheese crumbles. Garnish with chives and cilantro. Let it rest a few minutes to set up, then cut into wedges and serve hot.

6 responses to “Buffalo Chicken Pizza

  1. Julie these photos are gorgeous–what’s your set up? I’d love to see a behind the scenes because I can’t get pizza to look as good as yours!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Wow, thanks! That means a lot, I’m always very critical of my photos – so much to learn still.

      Anywho, my setup is using a Canon Rebel DSLR with a Lowell Ego light on a tripod (his name is Henry), and Henry wears 2 white cotton boys t-shirts, otherwise the light is waaaaaayyyyy too harsh. I have a white reflector board which I haven’t completely figured out – sometimes it helps immensely with shadows and balance and other times it seems to make everything worse. I have zero natural light where I shoot. 🙁

  2. Oooh this pizza looks so yummy! You are making me so hungry!

  3. So glad that you did not give up on your quest to find the perfect Buffalo Chicken Pizza!

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