Delicious Mediterranean Pizza with Chicken
Combine the fantastic flavors of the Mediterranean with the fun of pizza in this recipe. Tangy jarred marinated artichokes make a great topping on Mediterranean pizza, adding flavor to toppings and to crust. It is a specialty pizza that you will make again and again. Use frozen dough to make your crust, and it is not even difficult.
Most of the ingredients are easy to find, and making this pizza is as simple as can be. Choose the frozen bread dough listed below, or substitute your favorite homemade pizza recipe. You will keep coming back to this Mediterranean pizza recipe once you find out how good it can taste.
Although technically Italy borders the Mediterranean, this pizza recipe features a more all-rounded Mediterranean appeal, in that the herbs, vegetables and other seasonings used are popular not only in Italy but also in Spain and Greece. Perhaps you have never had artichokes on your pizza before, or used feta along with the mozzarella, but these flavors work beautifully together.
Take a bite of this, close your eyes, and you could be in a European restaurant by the coast, eating al fresco. Can you imagine the surf washing on to the shore, or the sun going down slowly over the sea? This pizza really does summon up all those special vacation feelings and is well worth making if you fancy a change from the pepperoni or meat feast pizza you usually order or make. Making this pizza is satisfying and once you experience the lovely, fresh flavors, you will be really pleased you chose to make it.
- 12 oz marinated artichoke hearts
- 1 pound frozen bread or pizza dough, thawed completely
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ pound chicken breast, cooked and sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup ripe olives, chopped
- ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Drain artichokes and reserve marinade. Chop roughly and set aside.
- Flour a flat surface and roll bread dough out into a fifteen inch diameter circle.
- Transfer to a greased pizza pan about fourteen inches across and build up the edges. Brush the dough with reserved artichoke marinade.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine herbs and sprinkle over marinade, and then cover with chicken, olives, tomatoes, feta, artichokes, and mozzarella, adding a little mozzarella at the end to cover toppings.
- Bake for twenty to twenty five minutes, until cheese and crust are lightly browned.
Offering flavors of not only Italy but also Spain and Greece, eating this pizza is a great experience because you will be tasting the harmony of all these Mediterranean cuisines brought together. The feta and olives will remind you of Greece while the artichokes and tomatoes are well-loved in Spain. The mozzarella is typically Italian and the chicken could belong to any cuisine. These ingredients combine to produce the delicious pizza you can see in the picture, and the trio of herbs will compliment these particular toppings really well.
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