Quick dinner

I went into my office today (I go two days a week and enjoy the change of scenery.) I got home about 5:30 and had a virtual meeting from 6 – 7:30. I knew I needed something easy and fortunately, this spicy chicken pizza is one of Samantha’s favorites. I roasted the garlic last night and cooked the chicken when I got home. Keith assembled and cooked the pizza and reheated mine so it was ready as soon as my meeting ended.

Spicy Chicken Pizza

  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 small onions, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • garlic to taste (either raw or roasted (wrap a whole head of garlic in aluminum foil and roast at 425 for about an hour)
  • shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • spinach

Preheat oven (with pizza stone) to 425.

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add jalapeno and onion and saute 2 – 3 minutes until soft.  Add spices and stir to combine.  Add chicken and cook, stirring until chicken is cooked through.

Spread sauce on pizza crust.  Top with chicken, garlic, spinach and cheese.  Cook 8 – 10 minutes or until done.

Continuous improvement

When I find something that we all like I’m always trying to find ways to make it even better.  This spicy chicken pizza checks a lot of boxes – it is healthy, you can make the topping ahead of time and we all love it.  A perfect weeknight dinner (I made the topping and roasted the garlic last night.)  While I was making it, I was thinking about improvements and it hit me – adding shallots.  Even better!

Spicy Chicken Pizza

  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 small onions, minced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • garlic to taste (either raw or roasted (wrap a whole head of garlic in aluminum foil and roast at 425 for about an hour)
  • shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • spinach

Preheat oven (with pizza stone) to 425.

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add jalapeno and onion and saute 2 – 3 minutes until soft.  Add spices and stir to combine.  Add chicken and cook, stirring until chicken is cooked through.

Spread sauce on pizza crust.  Top with chicken, garlic, spinach and cheese.  Cook 8 – 10 minutes or until done.

spicy chicken pizza

Spicy chicken pizza

I made this a few months ago and it was very popular with everyone.  Samantha and Keith like the spice, I like that you can make it ahead and we all like that it is healthy.  Last time I roasted the garlic ahead of time, this time I used raw.  I think next time I’ll go back to roasting – it gives it a nuttier flavor.

Spicy Chicken Pizza

  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 small onions, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • garlic to taste (either raw or roasted (wrap a whole head of garlic in aluminum foil and roast at 425 for about an hour)
  • shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • spinach

Preheat oven (with pizza stone) to 425.

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add jalapeno and onion and saute 2 – 3 minutes until soft.  Add spices and stir to combine.  Add chicken and cook, stirring until chicken is cooked through.

Spread sauce on pizza crust.  Top with chicken, garlic, spinach and cheese.  Cook 8 – 10 minutes or until done.

Samantha suggested that next time we pour the tomato sauce in with the chicken.  We’ll try that next time.  I forgot to take a picture.  Since everyone likes it so much, I’ll make it again soon with the roasted garlic and Samantha’s adaptation.