Monday, July 20, 2015

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Bacon Pizza

Do you ever stumble across a recipe and then can't remember where you saw it? I love perusing through magazines and often see a photo of something that says "I gotta make that!'. This pizza came to mind when I noticed I still had a good crop of strawberries in my one backyard strawberry pot. I went to my stack of magazines and could not dig up the recipe, so of course the next option was Pinterest...and there is was! I was even happier when the recipe lead me to a wonderful blog and the lady who's pizza I wanted to make and share with you.

I made a few minor changes to her recipe, and here they are:
-I added 1 tbsp of pineapple juice to the sauce
-in place of cilantro, I used baby arugula which gives a slightly peppery taste
-I added feta cheese

During strawberry season I like to reduce good quality flavoured balsamic vinegar and once it's thickened and cooled slightly drizzle it over skewers of fresh strawberries and pineapple. So it was no surprise to me when I saw this pizza recipe with it's unique combination of ingredients that I knew it would be a hit. I've also added my favourite pizza dough recipe.

Pizza Dough: enough for one 12-14" pizza
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp quick rise yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup very warm water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Place 2 3/4 cups flour in a bowl. 
  2. Stir in yeast and salt.
  3. Add water and oil. Stir until dough starts to come together.
  4. Add remaining flour until you get a smooth elastic dough. Form into ball and rub with a small amount of olive oil.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest on counter until double in bulk, approximately 1/2-3/4 of an  hour, OR cover with plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator for 24 hours. This method of a longer rest time allows the gluten to relax and the result is a dough that is very easy to work with and produces a crisp airy crust. If you put dough in refrigerator, take out and allow to rest on counter for about 1/2 -3/4 hour before forming crust.
Pizza toppings:
  • 1 cup chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces. ( you can roast one chicken breast for this or use a rotisserie chicken breast from the deli)
  • 4 slices apple wood smoked bacon, cut into 1" pieces and fried to tender crisp
  • 1/4 cup thin slices of sweet onion, I like to use walla walla onions this time of year
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian blend cheese
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • fresh strawberries
  • baby arugula
  1. Cut up roasted chicken breast into bite size pieces. 
  2. Cut up bacon and fry to tender crisp.
  3. Slice onion into very thin rings.
  4. Prepare pizza sauce, recipe below.
Pizza sauce - this is not your ordinary pizza sauce!
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 tsp hot sauce, or to taste. I add a bit more as we like a bit of heat
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  1. In a small sauce pan heat the balsamic vinegar over medium heat until it begins to boil. Turn down and let cook until it reduces to about 1/2 the amount.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.
  3. Remove from heat and allow this mixture to cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients. As it cools it will thicken. (at the point dip a whole strawberry into the mixture and enjoy.
Assembling and baking pizza:
  1. Place pizza stone in a cold oven and turn oven to 450ยบ.
  2. While oven and stone are heating up shape pizza dough to a round a few inches smaller than stone. Place dough onto a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with a bit of cornmeal. This will help the pizza to release and slide onto the hot stone easily.
  3. Once you have your shell formed on the parchment, spread 1/2 the sauce onto the shell. 
  4. Pour the remaining sauce over the chicken pieces and stir to coat. Set aside.
  5. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the pizza crust and sauce.
  6. Next add the chicken, then the bacon, onion rings, and top it all with the Italian cheese blend.
  7. Carefully slide the prepared pizza onto the hot stone and bake for 20-25 minutes. 
  8. Remove from oven, slide pizza onto a cutting board. 
  9. Top with fresh cup up strawberries, baby arugula and feta cheese. Serve immediately.


  1. Looks delicious and it's so eye catching!

  2. This looks so yummy! Love the combination of sweet and salty! Rhoda

  3. Oh my goodness Kathy - this sounds wonderful. As I hit the print button ....

  4. Made this yesterday for the family...and it went over with rave reviews!