What's Baking: Chicken and Herb White Pizza with Roasted Garlic Sauce

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The April theme for What's Baking is "Baking with Garlic". For some reason this theme really tripped me up and I could not think of one recipe to make other than garlic bread but that was just too easy.

The end of the month was drawing nearer and nearer and finally I decided to sit down and go through some recipes to find something that would allow me to participate this month (and make more than good old garlic bread.) I finally found this pizza recipe and knew it was an immediate winner.

Hands down, I will choose a white pizza over a pizza with classic red sauce any day of the week, but add in chicken, garlic and fresh herbs and I'm one very, very happy pizza eater.



*Note: If you're roasting the garlic and cooking the chicken, this recipe won't be nearly as quick.




Chicken and Herb White Pizza with Roasted Garlic Sauce 
Pizza Recipe From: Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients:
    for the roasted garlic:
    • 1 head of garlic
    • 1 tsp. olive oil
    • pinch of black pepper
    for the chicken:
    • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
    • pinch of salt and pepper
    for the roasted garlic sauce:
    • 1 tbsp. butter
    • 8 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • pinch of pepper
    for the pizza:
    • 1 batch thin crust pizza dough
    • 1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
    • roasted garlic sauce
    • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1 tsp. thyme
    • 1 tsp. oregano
    • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 tbsp. fresh basil leaves
Directions:
for the roasted garlic:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the top (not the root end) off of the head of garlic. Drizzle the olive oil on top and sprinkle with the pepper.
2. Wrap the garlic head in foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until the garlic is soft to the touch.
3. Let garlic cool enough to handle, the squeeze the cloves from the shell. Discard shell and use garlic as needed.
for the chicken:
1. Preheat a grill pan to medium high heat. Toss the chicken breast in a bowl with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
2. Grill chicken for 5-6 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Allow to cool, then shred with two forks.
for the roasted garlic sauce:
1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Add the roasted garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute.
2. Add the flour to the saucepan and whisk until fully combined, then slowly whisk the half-and-half, milk and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture begins to thicken.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted. Set aside.
for the pizza:
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper sprinkled with cornmeal or preheat oven with a pizza stone.
2. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch circle (or square) and spread an even layer of the white sauce over the dough. Top with the shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with thyme and oregano over the pizza.
3. Bake for 12-18 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden.
4. Sprinkle the parsley and basil over the pizza, slice and serve immediately.



I know this is a lot of work for a simple pizza recipe, but I guarantee you it will be more than worth it! The flavors are incredible!

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