With fall in the air, I wanted to make an autumn tasting pizza. Pumpkin is all the rage this time of the year, so why not a pumpkin pizza? Stay with me folks, pumpkin gone savory, so get visions of pies and spiced-lattes out of your mind.I was at my favorite diner when the idea of pumpkin came to me. I consulted my chef-friend Barney on what protein he thought would go best with savory pumpkin. My default is always pork. It was his suggestion to use chicken thighs, so that is his genius, not mine. Herb-spiced chicken thighs, savory-spiced pumpkin, red peppers, kale, and feta cheese. Yes, this was the vision.
Now the following list looks horrifically long. But I promise, it really isn’t that hard. Your spice cabinet, some measuring spoons, and you’re off.
Chicken and Pumpkin Pizza
- 4 chicken thighs; boneless/skinless
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp . granulated garlic
- 1/4 tsp . dried thyme
- ? tsp. cinnamon
- ? tsp. coriander
- 1/2 tsp . cumin
- 1/4 tsp . black pepper
- 1/4 tsp . salt
- 1/2 tsp . oregano
- 1/4 tsp . chili powder
- 1-15 oz . can pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/4 tsp . dried ground sage
- 1/4 tsp . thyme
- ? tsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp . chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp . cumin
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2 gloves garlic; minced/grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
Dough and Toppings
- Pizza dough
- Kale; torn into pieces
- 1 red bell pepper; thinly sliced
- Feta cheese
Mix all the herbs and spices together for the chicken.
Rub the mixture into both sides of the chicken thighs.
On medium high heat, add olive oil to a skillet.
Once the skillet is hot, sear each chicken thigh.
Cook on each side for about 2 minutes.
Remove and allow to rest on a cutting board.
Meanwhile, add the pumpkin sauce ingredients to a saucepan.
Mix well over a medium heat.
Warm through and set aside.
Tear the kale, slice the bell pepper, and crumble the cheese.
Once the chicken has rested, slice it into strips.
It might still be a bit pink on the inside; that is ok, it will finish cooking in the oven.
Roll out the dough ball to the desired thinness.
Using a pastry brush, brush the edges or crust of the dough with olive oil.
Take two hearty kitchen tablespoons of pumpkin sauce and spread around the dough, stopping at the olive oil border.
Evenly spread a handful of chicken over the sauce.
Add the torn kale, red peppers, and top with a healthy dose of feta cheese.
Outdoor Pizza Oven
Place the pizza in the oven, towards the back, it will cook in about 2 minutes, but watch it, and move it half way through closer to the front of the oven.
Indoor Oven with Pizza Stone
Preheat the oven to 400° and allow the stone to preheat for at least 10 minutes.
Assemble the pizza and slide it onto the stone in the oven.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until it has reached the desired doneness.