Friday, May 25, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Pizza with Ranch Dressing Base, Roasted Chicken, Hot Buffalo Sauce Swirl, Crumbled Bleu Cheese & Bacon, and Crispy Chicken Skin Cracklin's

We have really been on a pizza kick recently. And I really am not that big into pizza. I don't know why, but it's never technically been a meal that I would ever crave. But, I do know one thing, I love me some buffalo chicken pizza. And every buffalo chicken pizza up until this point was good, but this pizza I made finally did it justice. My pizza has all the traditional fixin's... ranch, bleu cheese, chicken, and buffalo sauce. However, I did decide to kick it up a notch by adding some crispy chicken skin cracklin's. I mean, what's better than some crispy chicken skin. It's like chicken bacon to me. And even though I have always loved buffalo chicken pizza, it was always missing something fried & crispy to resemble a real chicken wing. Well, my friends, these cracklin's are the answer. Sooooo amazingly good. Don't forget to garnish the pizza with some crumbled bacon and most importantly, fresh chives, which I think provide a nice herb-y component to this otherwise-decadent pizza. Obviously, you could leave off some of these ingredients to make it slightly easier to make, but trust me, don't. Just don't. We loved this pizza and it really perfectly resembles a basket o' buffalo wings at your favorite bar!! Enjoy :)
Over-the-Top Buffalo Chicken Pizza with all the Fixin's
Can you see the crispy chicken skin cracklin's? They are those gorgeous golden-brown nuggets!
A Must: Garnishing with Fresh Minced Chives
For the Roasted Chicken Breasts:
2 Chicken Breasts, Skin On & Bone In (reserve the chicken skin)
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, To Taste

For the Crispy Chicken Skin Cracklin’s:
Reserved Chicken Skins, Partially Cooked & Dried
Vegetable Oil, For Frying

For the Buffalo Chicken Pizza:
Homemade Pizza Dough
Roasted Chicken, Cut into Cubes
Homemade Ranch Dressing
2C Sharp Yellow Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1C Mozzarella, Shredded
Crumbled Bleu Cheese
Hot Buffalo Sauce, For Drizzling
Bacon Lardons, Cooked until Crispy
Crispy Chicken Skin Cracklin’s, Roughly Chopped
Fresh Chives, For Garnishing

1. For the Roasted Chicken Breasts: Wash and dry the chickens breasts and toss them in the olive oil and salt & pepper. Roast the chicken breasts in a pan in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Once they have cooled, remove the skin and press the skins between paper towels to dry them and remove excess moisture. Set these aside until you are ready to cook them.  Roughly cut the roasted chicken into cubes, and then set it aside.
2. For the Crispy Chicken Skin Cracklin’s: Heat some vegetable oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add in the pressed, dried chicken skins and cook until they are golden brown and crispy, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Roughly chop the cracklin’s and set them aside.
3. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees and roll out half of the pizza dough as thinly as possible and place onto a large baking sheet (the other half can be used for another pizza).
4. Making the Pizza: Spread the homemade ranch dressing generously across the dough. Scatter the yellow cheddar on top of the ranch, and then sprinkle the top with the roasted chicken pieces. Lay the mozzarella on top of the chicken. Continue to layer on the crumbled bleu cheese and bacon lardons. Bake the pizza for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Remove from the oven and immediately garnish the pizza with a buffalo sauce drizzle, chicken cracklin’s, and fresh chives. Cut into squares or slices and serve immediately.


  1. so this was the first is many recipes I will be trying this year. itwas amazing! The chicken skin was genius, my family loved it so much. Miss B

    1. Seriously though... why does no one have that on a buffalo chicken pizza?? It's the best part :)