This pizza dough? It doesn’t have to rise.
AND IT’S STILL SO FLUFFY!
Garlic chicken pizza is one of Brig’s favorites to order at restaurants, and so I decided to recreate it. The first attempt was a total success. The crust is so fluffy yet perfectly crunchy on the bottom. The white sauce is rich, garlicky, and creamy, but not overbearing. It’s perfect.
9 times out of 10 I make pizza on a round pizza stone but I didn’t feel like rolling dough into a circle and putting it on the wood thing and then transferring it to the hot pizza pan in the oven. What a hassle, right? And not everyone has a pizza stone, so. (I’m just making up excuses for my laziness.) I promise that the next time I make you pizza, it’ll be round.
For the dough:
2 c warm water
1 T yeast
1/2 t salt
1 T sugar
4-5 c all-purpose flour
For the sauce:
1/4 c unsalted butter
1/4 c flour
2 t minced garlic or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 c heavy cream
1/2 c 1% milk
1/4 t salt
For the toppings:
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
2 c (or more!) grated mozzarella cheese
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Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, whisk together the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let sit 10 minutes to activate the yeast and get foamy.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan on medium-high heat, add the garlic and butter and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add in the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Continue whisking as you add in the heavy cream, milk, and salt. Cook until thickened, about another 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Set aside.
Add the salt and 2 cups of the flour to the yeast and water mixture. If using a stand mixer, use a dough hook to mix until a dough comes together. If you don’t have a stand mixer, just mix with a wooden spoon and your hands! Slowly add in the other two cups of flour. If the dough seems too sticky, add in flour 1/4 c at a time. Knead for 2-3 minutes.
Grease a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough on the pan. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to cover the whole pan. Spread the sauce on top, then the cheese and chicken. Bake for 12-15 minutes.