Hot and Spicy Pie

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
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1 tablespoon sea salt

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon white pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

2 hot sausage links

1 pound pizza dough

All-purpose flour, for dusting

Cornmeal, for dusting

3/4 cup pizza sauce

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup sliced pepperoni

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

8 fresh basil leaves, torn


  1. Put a pizza stone or upside-down baking sheet in the oven; preheat to 500 degrees F.
  2. Make the chicken: Combine the salt, cayenne, white pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, cumin and dried basil in a bowl. Brush the chicken with olive oil, then rub with the spices. Heat a grill pan to medium high; grill the chicken until cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Grill the sausage, turning, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool, then dice the chicken and crumble the sausage.
  3. Stretch the pizza dough on a floured surface into a 12-inch round. Put on a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel or upside-down baking sheet; slide the dough onto the hot pizza stone or baking sheet and cook 7 minutes.
  4. Slide the crust back onto the peel. Spread with the pizza sauce, then top with 1/2 cup mozzarella, the chicken, pepperoni and sausage. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and the parmesan. Return the pizza to the oven and bake until bubbly, about 7 more minutes. Top with the fresh basil.
  5. ACTIVE: 40 min l TOTAL: 55 min l MAKES: one 12-inch pizza