Grain-Free Fiesta Chicken Pizza

12 May 2014



I've been a bad, bad blogger, everyone. I don't know what it is, but lately I've been feeling too antsy to sit at my laptop for longer than a ten minute stretch at a time. Alright, alright... it might have something to do with the gorgeous weather outside. Or the fact that my apartment complex's pool is open.

Also, I'm pretty sure that my kitchen hates me. Scratch that. My kitchen definitely hates me. I've been getting burns all week. I have two marks on my knuckles, courtesy of the toaster oven, a couple on my forearm (thank you, mr. oven) and a few miscellaneous ones all over the place. No joke. While I was making this pizza recipe, I got 3 more in the process. I give up.

Do you think the universe is trying to tell me something? 





Yesterday was a lazy Sunday, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Saturday night I was all tucked into bed, and I had just closed my eyes to go to sleep, when I heard my iPhone *ding* from the night stand. It was my friend B, and he wanted me to get dressed and join him at a bar in the Short North area of Columbus. It was 12:30AM. I was exhausted. So of course, I got up, threw makeup and a dress on, and drove 20 minutes downtown to meet him.

My brother joined us, and one tall whiskey sour later (I don't drink that often, so I'm an embarrassing lightweight) we were laughing and singing along to the music, and we ended up closing down the bar at last call. 

Of course, from there we drove to Hounddog's Pizza so that B and my brother could chow down while I sat across from them in the booth and blissfully slurped up gallons of water to ward off any future hangover-ish headaches. I drove them back to their cars and was in bed by 4:30AM. (*Confession*: That is the latest that I have ever stayed out in my life. In. My. Life. I feel like admitting that is probably a little embarrassing.




And when I woke up at 9AM on Sunday, fulling intending to get dressed and go watch the Manchester United vs. Southampton match, I found that I had a killer headache. And I felt hungover. I had one drink. One! Yikes.

So, instead of going out, I stayed in bed and watched soccer. Then I took random items from my fridge, threw them on dough, and decided to call it pizza. It was so yummy. A little time intensive, but yummy. Plus, it made my headache go away, so that's always a good thing. I also realized that avocado on pizza is not a terrible idea, like I had previously thought, but one of the best ideas EVER. Next time I want to make a pizza with pineapple and caramelized onions as a topping. Doesn't that sound yummy? ....What? Oh, that's just me? Ok then.




Fiesta Chicken Pizza


Ingredients:

Dough:

1 cup tapioca flour (plus 3-4 Tbsp to flour work surface)
1/3 cup + 3 Tbsp arrowroot flour
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup warm water
1 large egg, whisked
1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

Cheese:

non-dairy vegan cheese (Daiya)
OR
homemade (I like this recipe)

Toppings:

1/2 one Hass avocado, diced
1/2 cup grilled chicken, diced
1 small tomato, diced
1 green onion, diced
4-5 rings of red onion
1 sprig parsley to garnish (optional)
non-dairy sour cream to garnish (optional)


Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift the tapioca flour, 1/3 cup of arrowroot flour, garlic powder and the sea salt. Make sure it is well combined. Add the olive oil and the warm water and mix well. Add the whisked egg and stir until everything is combined.

3. Add one tablespoon of arrowroot flour at a time to the flour mixture. Mix using a stand blender or your hands until the flour forms a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a tapioca floured surface and knead it till it forms a ball.

4. Using a tapioca-floured rolling pin, roll out the dough until it forms a 10-11 inch circle. Bake for 12 minutes, then remove from oven.

5. Spread the cheese onto the pizza, leaving one inch around the edges for the crust. Then sprinkle your desired toppings onto the pizza and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Then, enjoy!


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