Beer Can Chicken to the list of recipes I was going to try out for the week, I immediately knew I wanted to save the extra chicken for a pizza. I had been meaning to try making a Chicken Enchilada Pizza for quite some time and when I saw this amazing version from Gimme Some Oven, I knew I had whip one up for myself.
I used Ali's pizza as inspiration but decided to do my own thing with the toppings. I wanted something quick and simple to throw together and, since I've been excited to try out some of the products at the new Trader Joe's in Lexington, I decided to take a few shortcuts and utilize some of their products. I used Trader Joe's fresh, plain pizza crust and enchilada sauce for the base of my pizza. I then topped it with a generous sprinkle of freshly grated cheddar jack cheese, leftover shredded Beer Can Chicken, thinly sliced red onion, and a little cilantro after baking.
The resulting pizza was delicious and, I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the Trader Joe's pizza dough and enchilada sauce. I'm pretty picky about pizza crust and, though I've tried several recipes, have yet to find a traditional pizza crust recipe that I've enjoyed. I think I'll stick with the Trader Joe's pizza dough in the future (besides, you can't be the price and convenience).
I went simple with the toppings this time, but I definitely think fire roasted corn, bell pepper, and black beans would be lovely additions. Also, I highly recommend you add a few dollops of guacamole to your pizza before you chow down. So good!
Chicken Enchilada Pizza
inspired by Gimme Some Oven
1 large unbaked pizza crust, homemade or store bought
1/2 cup enchilada sauce, homemade or store bought
2 cups freshly shredded cheddar jack cheese
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1/4 large red onion, thinly sliced
handful of fresh cilantro, stems removed
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If using a baking stone, be sure to preheat it along with your oven.
On a sheet of parchment, top your shaped pizza crust with 1/2 cup (more or less, to taste) of enchilada sauce, spreading evenly but leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the crust. Layer the cheese, chicken, and red onion evenly over the sauce.
Carefully move the parchment paper/pizza to the preheated baking stone, or place on a large baking sheet and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust begins to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Slice and serve immediately. Add a few dollops of guacamole and/or sour cream, if desired.
*Adjust the ingredients for the toppings as desired. Try adding additional toppings (I suggest fire roasted corn, bell pepper, and/or black beans) or play around with the amounts to suit your tastes.