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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chimichurri Chicken Pita Pizza

Chris and I loved the Chimichurri I made recently, so much that I decided to make pizza with it!  It was like my Chicken Pesto Pizza, only different.  (Yes, I can say that because this is my blog dang it!)  I used the chimichurri as the base/sauce of the pizza.  That garlicky flavor just added the most amazing flavor to every bite.  What was nice about using a base with so much flavor, the pizzas really didn't need much else.  Simple grilled chicken and cheese...and it was perfect!  Let's be honest, it would have been good with just cheese!!  I used pitas because I love how they hold up on the grill and it just simplified the whole process (I haven't had the best of luck with pizza on the grill this year!!).  Nice thing about pizza...it truly is a canvas...you can add whatever kind of cheese, whatever kind of toppings you want.  I kept it simple though, because I knew I wanted the chimichurri base to be the star of the show!


Chimichurri Chicken Pita Pizzas
Printable Recipe 
Ingredients: 
4 pitas
2 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 1 large)
Chimichurri (recipe makes 1/2 cup)
1-2 cups shredded monterey jack or mozzarella cheese (depends on how cheesy you want your pizzas)
salt and pepper
olive oil

Directions:
Preheat your grill to medium.  Rub olive oil on both sides of the chicken breasts.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place chicken directly on the grill grates and cook 5-8 minutes on per side, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle (170 degrees F).  Remove from grill and let rest before thinly slicing.  Turn the grill down to low.

Brush both sides of the pitas with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Place the pitas directly on the grill or on foil on the grill.  Keep on eye on them, they won't take long at all, a minute or two, to brown up.  Remove from grill and brush the cooked side with the chimichurri sauce.  Top with sliced chicken and cheese and return to the grill.  Grill until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  You may need to take the pitas off the direct heat if the bottoms are getting too brown.  Enjoy!
    

8 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

What a pizza feast! I love that creamy chicken topping!

A Marine's Wife! said...

YUM!!!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Great idea to use pita for pizza crust. I've never grilled a pizza. Hell I have a hard enough time getting grill marks on chicken, I figured pizza would be a pain beyond what I was willing to put up with. But pita, now that changes everything!! Love this idea Jenn! Thanks for the blank canvas inspiration (I see bbq sauce, caramelized onions and chicken in my pita pizza future!)

StephenC said...

Fabulous idea! Even I could do this - stovetop grill, eh?

Mary said...

What a wonderful pizza. I love to use pita and other flatbreads as the base for my pizzas. Your recipe looks and sounds as great as any I've seen. I really like it. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Chris said...

Now those are some awesome bites of flavor. Great pizzas, Jenn.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I LOVE chimichurri!!! And you went and turned it into a pizza??? Brilliant!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Jane @ Going Jane said...

Yummy! That looks fabulously delicious, Jenn! :)