I was asked to bring an appetizer dish to a birthday party. I had been dying to smoke some chicken with DennyMike’s Chick Magnet, so I was pretty excited to figure out how to best use the chicken. If you had this to work with, wouldn’t you be excited?
While I was trying to decide exactly how I was going to use this amazing chicken, I got the bad news—the food theme was Italian! The thought of turning this incredibly delicious smoked chicken into some tomato-slathered appetizer dish was making me crazy. It finally hit me…PIZZA! This is the ultimate in “Italian” versatility.
I had this idea for a pulled chicken pizza, and as I shredded the chicken it all came together. I carefully removed the skin, put it on a rack, slowly crisped it in a 350 oven and wrapped it in foil to be used later. I covered my pizza shell with DennyMike’s Sweet ‘n Spicy sauce just like I would with a regular tomato sauce. Next, I spread the chicken liberally. For a little extra tang to help cut the sweetness of the sauce, I added some pickled red onions. I decided to use Monterey Jack as the main cheese, but added a touch of mozzarella to help the melt. It was ready for the oven.
Now, for the crowning touch: DennyMike’s Carolina-Style BBQ Cole Slaw! When the pizza came out of the oven, I spread the cole slaw over the top, crumbled the crispy chicken skin over the top, cut the pizza and sat back to wait for the reaction. I have to be honest; even I was surprised by how much everyone loved this pizza. When you get right down to it, all I did was make a large, round, open-faced pulled chicken sandwich. Serving it as a pizza just made it fit the food theme for the party. The only problem was that it was almost too gorgeous to cut! Almost.