Thick homemade pizza crust topped with spicy hot sauce, chopped chicken, and loads of cheese. The simplest and tastiest pizza!
I wanted to take a break from sweets today and share with you the easiest pizza. Cheesy, chewy, crispy, spicy, homemade thick crust pizza.
Do you have a favorite pizza? I’m a simple girl who loves a classic pepperoni. This buffalo chicken pizza is a close runner up though. It’s like eating your favorite spicy chicken wings on top of a cheesy thick crust.
My new favorite way to eat chicken slathered in hot sauce!
We eat a ton of chicken in our house. After a while, it becomes hard to find a new way to dish it up. Hubs is a huge chicken wing fan, he like those extremely hot ones. So naturally, when I thought of making a buffalo chicken pizza, it had to be SPICY.
I made this homemade buffalo chicken pizza a week ago. Usually, I can eat three slices of pizza before I’m stuffed. This pizza crust is so thick; I was full after one and a half slices. There was plenty left over for hubs to take for his lunch the next day. I love when he’s able to take my creations to work for everyone to see and smell. It’s even better when there’s enough to share. 😉
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Typically, my homemade crust recipe calls for half of the dough to make one pizza. Since we are going for an ultra-thick crust, you’ll use two-thirds of the prepared dough for this pizza. Don’t throw out the small amount of leftover dough. You can shape it, smother it with oil and cheese, and serve up cheese bread! Great idea, right?
Don’t be intimidated by homemade pizza crust. It truly is easy and way better than store-bought. I have a whole post with step by step instructions and visuals so that you can make your crust with ease.
Once you’ve prepared the dough, top the pizza with hot sauce, chopped grilled chicken smothered in hot sauce, and cheese. I used Texas Pete hot sauce; it is and always will be my favorite. Here’s a little trick I learned from working in a wing restaurant for nine years: dilute the hot sauce with melted butter to achieve different levels of spice. The restaurant I worked in served regular hot wings coated in Texas Pete, medium hot wings coated in Texas Pete diluted slightly with butter, and mild wings which were basically butter with a smidge of Texas Pete. So, if you are not a fan of spicy food you can still enjoy this buffalo chicken pizza simply by diluting the spice.
You’ll need around 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken. I used boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into large pieces. This pizza is also a great way to make use of leftover rotisserie. Toss the cooked chicken in 1 cup of Texas Pete, dilute it if desired. Make sure to get the chicken coated well. There is no sauce on this pizza; the Texas Pete is the sauce so be generous with it.
I used straight mozzarella cheese on my buffalo chicken pizza and lots of it. I like to drizzle the crust with Texas Pete and add a thin layer of cheese before piling on the chicken smothered in sauce. The layer of cheese ensures that the crust won’t become soggy.
The pizza only takes around 15 minutes to bake. Once the edges are a nice golden color, remove it and let it stand for a few minutes before slicing into it.
The texture and flavor of this pizza are incredible. You have the spicy chicken which taste exactly like hot wings and a thick cheesy crust which reminds you of delicious cheese bread.
If you are a fan of hot wings, you will absolutely love this buffalo chicken pizza!
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
- 1/2 recipe homemade pizza dough
- 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
- 1 and 1/4 cup Texas Pete hot sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Prepare the homemade pizza dough according to the instructions.
- Preheat oven to 475ºF.
- Roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. You can also do this directly on your pizza pan. If you are using a pizza stone, do this step directly on your pizza peel. Spray your pizza pan with non-stick spray and dust lightly with flour. Once you’ve shaped the dough, gently transfer it to your prepared pizza pan. Cover and let rise for 10 minutes.
- Using the remaining Tbs of olive oil, brush the top of the pizza with the oil. Drizzle 1/4 cup Texas Pete over crust. Spread 1/2 cup cheese evenly over crust.
- Toss cooked chicken in remaining Texas Pete. Spread coated chicken evenly on top of crust. Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Rotate halfway through the cooking time. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before slicing.