I had a bit of an, “I don’t want to today,” the other day.
It was a busy day. My daughter and I needed to go shopping for sneakers for our up coming trip and that means a trip to the closest bigger town which is 30 miles away. I have not been fitted for sneakers since I was in high school so I let them fit me and make recommendations. Though I spent more on these shoes than I did for the dress I got married in I knew we would be walking a ton and really needed good shoes so I treated myself and my daughter.
We got home after spending the morning and early afternoon shopping and I quickly caught up on a few items for a committee I am part of and then headed off to a meeting. In the mean time I got a text that my son had been cast as the role of Coach Bolton in “High School Musical Jr.” That was the role he really wanted. After being in “Lion King Jr.” last year he has been bitten by the acting bug. So, my dear partner took him some food as he was exiting rehearsal from the play and she was heading into the school for a meeting. He had 20 minutes to eat in the car and head back into the school for his orchestra rehearsal.
I left my meeting at 6:00 pm and on my way home remembered I did not take out any meat to thaw for dinner. Crud. I don’t want to cook. (Yes, even me!) We are going on vacation so I didn’t want to go out or order out so I headed to the store to find the easiest meal ever. I think I did it with Chicken Parmigiana Pizza!
I think the secret to the pizza is making sure your sauce is really flavorful. If you are making your own add a git of extra garlic or basil to make it good and flavorful before you add the toppings. Even jarred sauce can sometimes stand a bit of doctoring before it goes on the pizza. If you are using plain jarred spaghetti sauce add garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano to taste. It makes all the difference in the world to have a flavorful base. I prefer to make my own with canned tomatoes, garlic, onion powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. So simple!
The rest of this dish was super easy. Yes, you can make your own pizza dough but remember the I don’t want to! So, I bought a 1 lb. ball at the grocery story for $1.50. Saved me time and aggravation. Money well spent. I knew I had a bag of frozen chicken strips and mozzarella cheese at home so I picked up a block of Parmigiana and some fresh basil.
Delicious and easy!
Chicken Parmigiana Pizza
- 1 (27 oz) bag of chicken strips (this would also be delicious with grilled chicken but this was an “I don’t want to” day meal)
- 1 lb. ball of pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 1/2 cups+ pizza sauce
- corn meal or oil for pan
- 6 oz. mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
- 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded
- fresh basil for topping if desired
- Cook the chicken strips at package temperature for about 10 minutes. You want them mostly cooked but not overdone as you will be baking them again with the pizza.
- Remove chicken from oven and allow to cool. Cut into bit size pieces.
- Prepare you pizza stone with corn meal or grease a rimmed baking sheet with oil. Press out your pizza dough to fit the pan. Prick dough with a fork across the pizza crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 4 minutes.
- Remove pizza crust from oven. Top with pizza sauce, then chicken pieces, sprinkle mozzarella over the top of the pizza, then sprinkle with Parmigiana cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until top is bubbly and golden and bottom is browned.
- Remove pizza from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting. Top with fresh basil if desired before serving.