The Superbowl fast approaches, and with it, one of my favorite culinary events of the year. Last weekend I tested a new recipe that I plan to cook on Sunday, and here it is: Oven baked bbq chicken mini-pizzas with ancho chile bbq sauce.
You start by cooking and shredding a package of boneless chicken breasts. I skipped photos of this step, because I figure you all know how to do something that simple. I cooked mine on a george foreman, but you can grill them on the bbq, on the stovetop, even *shudder* boil them. I’m not a fan of boiling much, because it takes a lot of the flavor out of the chicken, but go ahead if you want to. As for shredding, the trusty website Lifehacker has a great article on shredding chicken in a stand mixer.
Once you have your shredded chicken, dice up half of a red onion, chop up a few slices of bacon (it’s the Superbowl, everything needs more bacon), and a cup of your favorite bbq sauce (I recommend this ancho chile sauce), and mix them together in a large bowl.
You can tell I mixed the sauce with just the chicken first, but either way is fine. Next, roll out some puff pastry dough, and cut into small circles. I used an old (aka bent to a weird oval shape) souffle ring, but anything about two inches circular will work. Heck, the top of a pint glass will do in a pinch. Place the dough on a baking sheet, spread some extra bbq sauce over them, hen top each mini pizza with the chicken mixture, and sprinkle grated cheese (I used pepperjack, but cheddar or parmesean would also work well).
Place in your oven and bake about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the tops of the chicken are starting to crisp.
Move to a serving platter and let cool just a little bit, then enjoy!
2 cooked and shredded boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cup bbq sauce
4 slices cooked bacon (optional)
1/2 diced red onion
1 package puff pastry, thawed
1 cup grated cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Mix shredded chicken with bbq sauce, onion, and bacon until thoroughly combined.
Roll out puff pastry dough and cut 2-3″ circles.
Place dough rounds on a baking sheet, top with bbq sauce, then chicken mixture, then cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes, oruntil edges are crispy and cheese has melted.