Hot Chicken Pizza

Nashville hot chicken pizza combines glorious spicy fried chicken with the calming effect of cheese and pickles. Trust me it works! Use leftover chicken tenders for the topping; just toss with sauce and make hot chicken pizza this weekend!

Nashville Hot Chicken Pizza - Sarcastic Cooking

We are getting to that time of year where turning on your ovens and cranking it to 500 degrees is less and less feasible (unless you are me and my kids and eat pizza at least once a week). I decided to sneak in this homemade pizza recipe before it officially enters the season of summer.

Have you watched Ugly Delicious on Netflix yet?

I know it’s probably old news to most of you by now. I devoured the show in two days.

For those of you that haven’t watched the show yet, it is chef David Chang talking about his favorite, no-frills kinds of foods. When I read the description of the show I immediately thought of home cooked food. The stuff made with love and without pretentiousness.

Each episode is about a type of food; pizza, tacos, BBQ, fried chicken, etc.

Hot Chicken Pizza - Sarcastic Cooking

It will make you want to go to all the places and eat ALL the things. I swear, before I die I will visit all the taco food truck featured from California.

The episode that really stuck with me, was the fried chicken episode for reasons you will know once you watch it. I have never been to Nashville, but I think I could handle the hot chicken.

Maybe.

I mean, if we wanna talk who can handle spicy foods better, let us all take a moment to read and revisit the “habanero pepper incident” from our honeymoon. Read -> here!!!

This recipe is my own little midwest nod to that style of flamin’ hot spiced fried chicken—except put on a pizza. It’s spicy, friends, and I could have made it spicier. Thanks to the cheese and pickles, that heat is cut down a little bit.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Also, if you have watched Ugly Delicious, what food from the show are you still dreaming about?

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Pizza - Sarcastic Cooking

Hot Chicken Pizza

A cheesy pizza topped with Nashville hot fried chicken, pickles, and an extra drizzle of hot sauce for good measure.

Course Entree
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Author Stefanie

Ingredients

For the Hot Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the Pizza

  • 16 oz Pizza Dough
  • 3 breaded chicken tenders cooked
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 8-12 dill pickle chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F with a pizza stone or pizza pan in the oven.

  2. Whisk together the stock and the corn starch in a small microwave safe bowl. Mix in the remaining sauce ingredients. Microwave the sauce for 1-2 minutes until bubbling and thickened. Mix well.

  3. Once the oven is preheated, roll out or stretch out the dough to make about a 12-14 inch pizza. Carefully transfer the dough to a pizza peel or the pizza pan.

  4. Coat the top of the dough with olive oil and the garlic. Spread to evenly coat.

  5. Transfer the dough to the oven and bake for 5 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, coat the chicken tenders in the prepared sauce and then cut into small bite-sized pieces.

  7. Remove the pizza crust. Top with cheeses, chicken pieces, and pickles. Bake for an additional 7 minutes until the edges start to turn golden.

  8. Once the pizza is cooked, drizzle the top with a little more of the sauce. Cut and then serve.

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