Monday, July 11, 2011

Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas

This recipe tastes as good as it looks. Simple and delicious, this is one dish the kids will love. Make it a family affair and get them to help you in the kitchen. The more kids are involved with the cooking process, the more they’ll try what they’ve made. It’s a win-win situation.

Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas
Makes 3 individual pizzas

For the pizza:
1 packet taco seasoning
½ cup canola oil, plus more for brushing
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 16-ounce tube pizza dough
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

Avocado Mixture:
1 avocado, halved, pitted and flesh diced small
1 lime, juiced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon finely diced red onions
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prepare the pizza: Mix 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning and the canola oil in a shallow bowl. Pound the chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick. Add the chicken to the bowl, turning to coat, and marinate 30 minutes.

Preheat a grill to medium high. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Let cool, then cut into bite-size pieces.

Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Roll out each on a floured surface into an 8-inch round. Brush with canola oil, sprinkle with taco seasoning and grill until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes per side; remove from the grill.

Mix the cheeses in a bowl, then sprinkle on the crusts and top with the chicken. Return the pizzas to the grill, and cook until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the avocado, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, red onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Top the pizzas with the avocado mixture, salsa, sour cream and cilantro.

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