It’s been far too long since I’ve had Thai food. In fact, now that I think about it, I haven’t had a chance to experience my favorite cuisine in over 3 months! Something is seriously wrong with that!
Even though I have yet to discover any good Thai places in this city yet – which I know they exist, I just haven’t had a chance to look – I recently was able to curb my Thai craving by whipping up something on my own.
A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to be selected by The Foodie Blogroll for the Thai Kitchen Product Sampling Program. Thai Kitchen is a familiar brand that I’ve seen plenty of times on the store shelves but have never purchased any of their products. You see, if I am going to have Thai, I will usually save it for the real thing.
That being said, I have always given these things a second look as most of their sauces, noodles, and packaged meals have given me a reason for intrigue.
I was sent a few products to try and also asked to come up with a recipe in honor of The Chinese New Year – a 15 day celebration that started on February 10th! I really didn’t know much about the holiday, but any reason to celebrate with a Thai dinner is a valid reason for me.
Before I get to the recipe I came up with, just a little info about the sponsor:
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So as stated, my task was to come up with a recipe featuring one or more of the products I was sent. I actually spent quite some time contemplating this dish. My mind first thought of a Pad Thai or a traditional Thai Stir Fry, but the more I thought, the more I realized I wanted to branch out of the norm. These dishes were too safe and you know I’m all about a challenge.
Thai Peanut Chicken Pizza for the win! I love the idea of assimilating cuisines and this pizza proves that unconventional fare is without a doubt, so pleasing the the pallet.
- 1 package of whole wheat pizza dough – I used Trader Joe’s
- ½ cup Thai Kitchen Sweet Red Chili Sauce + 1 additional tablespoon
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 2 teaspoons Thai Kitchen Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning
- ½ pound grilled chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- ½ cup feta cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Form pizza crust on pizza pan or cookie sheet. Top with Sweet Chili Sauce and spread it around like you would pizza sauce. Sprinkle the pizza with some crushed red pepper and set aside.
- Combine soy sauce and peanut butter with hot sauce and the reserved sweet chili sauce. Use the microwave to loosen up peanut butter if it is too cold to blend into sauce. Add chicken and coat evenly with mixture. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Top pizza with chicken, red pepper, broccoli and Thai Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning. Sprinkle feta evenly over pizza and bake for 15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted.
I love making pizza at home, mainly because my requirements for a good pizza differ immensely from those of the typical standard. You can play around with this recipe as far as toppings but the combination of red pepper and broccoli worked well for me.
The real Thai flavor came out in the chicken. That peanut sauce gets me every time.
I’ve made many pizzas in my day but this one may be a new favorite.
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