Everyone will be happy at the table with this homemade pizza!
Homemade pizzas can be delicious, but can also be a little tricky to perfect. Once you get the hang of it, though, you’ll never order pizza delivery anymore! The secret is using the right pizza dough and knowing how to bake it. If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration for your next homemade pizza, read on. Enjoy!
- Chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
- Italian seasoning
- Kalamata olives
- Mozzarella cheese (fresh)
- Pizza dough (Wewalka Classic Pizza Dough, Family Style Crust)
- Pizza sauce (Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce)
- Portobello mushrooms
- Spinach leaves
- Sweet onions
Here is a link to the pizza dough. It’s the secret ingredient to this recipe! I’ve tried many different pizza dough brands for homemade pizza, and nothing comes close to being as delicious as this one:
Here is a link to the pizza sauce:
This is the Italian seasoning I use, but any general Italian seasoning will be fine:McCormick Italian Seasoning
I use this 14 x 16 inch cookie sheet/baking sheet from Anolon for baking the pizza in the oven, but any large and flat baking pan will do:
Thinly sliced foods – such as asparagus, mushrooms, and onions – are notorious for falling down BBQ grill cooking grates. So I use this Weber grill pan – it’s ideal for cooking small and delicate foods on the grill. After having used it, you’ll never want to grill veggies without it again!
Step 1: Grill prep – clean the chicken and veggies
The first step is to prep anything that will go on the BBQ grill. I like to trim any excess fat off the chicken breasts. As for the veggies, the sweet onions are the only thing that really need cleaning. For seasoning the chicken and veggies, I simply use black pepper and salt.
Note that while corn is included in this picture, it’s not for this pizza recipe. Grilled corn tastes so good that I couldn’t help adding some to the grill if I was going to be using it!
Step 2: Grill the chicken and veggies
It will take about 20 minutes to grill the chicken and veggies. I didn’t have enough space for the asparagus initially, so I added them on later and grilled them for another 5 minutes.
I’m using the Weber grill pan here for the mushrooms and onions (and later the asparagus). If you grill a lot of veggies like I do, it’s really an essential BBQ tool.
Step 3: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
After the chicken and veggies have cooked on the grill, it’s time to make the pizza using the oven.
While the oven is preheating, I like to dice the chicken, veggies, and other toppings so they can get evenly distributed on the pizza.
Step 4: Bake the pizza dough without toppings for 3-4 minutes
This is one of the key steps to making homemade pizza. After a lot of trial and error, I found that pre-baking the pizza dough first – without toppings – is essential for homemade pizza coming out tasty. After a few minutes of baking, the pizza dough will solidify and rise a bit. This way, when you add the sauce and toppings, they won’t make the pizza soggy.
I usually find baking the pizza dough for 3-4 minutes without toppings to be sufficient.
Here’s a before and after of the pizza dough for this step:
Step 5: Add the pizza sauce and Italian seasoning
Once the pizza dough has baked for a few minutes, I take it out to add all of the toppings. First up is the pizza sauce and Italian seasoning. I add the two relatively lightly. Even though the dough has baked a bit, adding too much sauce can still make the pizza turn out soggy.
Here’s what the pizza looks like after I add sauce and seasoning:
Step 6: Add all of the other toppings
With the toppings that you diced while the oven was preheating during Step 3, sprinkle them on the pizza and try to evenly distribute all of the toppings.
As a recap, these are the toppings you’ll be adding: asparagus, chicken, kalamata olives, mozzarella cheese, portobello mushrooms, spinach leaves, sweet onions, and tomatoes.
Step 7: Bake the pizza for 12-15 minutes
You won’t need to wait too long for your tasty pizza to be ready! Depending on how crispy you like the crust, bake the pizza for about 12-15 minutes. You’ll know the pizza is ready when the edge of the crust turns golden brown.
Did you try this recipe? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments below!
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