About the RecipeAnd now, back to Heidi… When Hayley gave me this recipe last year, she included a delicious looking recipe for a simple, homemade pizza dough made with a bit of whole wheat flour added in. I’ve included it in the recipe below, but if you aren’t into making your dough or simply don’t have the time, you can often pick it up at your grocery store deli counter, or use my favorite, foolproof DeLallo pizza dough kit. Being the ambitious cook Hayley is, she also makes her own pesto. You could certainly follow her lead, or purchase a good quality store-bought brand (I like Kroger’s Private Selection Basil Pesto or DeLallo’s Basil Pesto). In this recipe, Hayley provides the recipe for the balsamic chicken, that makes enough for two breasts, but you’ll likely only need one. All the better for meal planning, save the other one for lunch the next day. I reserved some of the marinade (never re-use chicken marinade!) to drizzle on my pizza and oh my word! It could have been the cherry on the sundae. For herbs in this recipe and to top the pizza, I used a combination of rosemary, basil and thyme, not because you need them all, but simply because I have a bounty of them in my garden. Use one, two or more depending on your taste. And peaches. Fresh, perfectly ripe and not too soft peaches are key to a perfectly peachy pizza. If you have a pizza stone, use it! Sadly, the other night mine broke after making calzones so I used this non-stick pizza platter instead. It worked fine, but the bottom crust just wasn’t quite as crisp. If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating on this recipe below and leave a comment, take a photo and tag me on Instagram with #foodiecrusheats
Pesto Pizza with Balsamic Chicken and Peaches
- 2 chicken breasts
- ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar , (either light or dark), or honey
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary , basil, or thyme, minced, plus more for garnish
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 peaches , peeled, pitted and sliced
- 8 slices provolone cheese , or about 1 cup of shredded provolone
- 1 cup pesto sauce , (store bought) or recipe below
- Pizza dough , store bought or recipe below
- For the Balsamic Chicken
- Trim the chicken of any extra fat and place in a zip lock bag or shallow bowl. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl and pour the marinade over the chicken. Refrigerate for an hour or up to overnight. Heat a skillet over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil. Add the chicken and cook, turning every few minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and rest.
- To Assemble the Pizza
- Heat the oven to 475 degrees. Spread out the pizza dough into a circle and place on a pizza stone or peel. Brush the edges of the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Spread the pesto thinly and evenly over the pizza dough and top with the provolone slices. Thinly slice the balsamic chicken and place over the pesto, and top with the peaches.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until pizza is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. Slice the pizza then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and herbs and serve.
Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup bread flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Combine the water, yeast and honey in a measuring cup, stir, and let the mixture sit for about five minutes (or until there are a lot of bubbles).
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients and make a well in the center. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon (you may need to add a little more flour or warm water to the dough to achieve the right consistency - not too dry, and not too sticky, it should be pliable.
- In a different large bowl, drizzle olive oil around the bowl, and place the dough in it, turning the dough until its been covered in olive oil. Place a kitchen towel (preferably damp) over the bowl, and store in the warmest part of your house. Let it rise for about an hour (if you want a thicker dough, let it rise for about two hours).
Basil Pesto Recipe
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves blanched and then shocked in cold water, for better taste and color
- ¼ cup of toasted pine nuts toast in a skillet on medium-low heat, shaking the pan every so often, until pine nuts are golden brown — be careful not to burn!
- ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Combine basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped. With the food processor still running, gradually add the olive oil until the pesto is thick and smooth.