Friday, August 3, 2012

Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken, Onions and Applewood Bacon


Delicious! Delicious! One of the best pizzas that i've ever had! No wonder Chris said that it's a love at first bite!Quite an unusual combination of ingredients really.. with chicken, strawberries, applesmoked bacon, strawberry jam, chilli sauce, balsamic vinegar but if you never try, you will never know that all these flavours blended so well that makes it extremely flavourful and so good. Chris from The Cafe Sucre Farine had made a repost on this pizza several months back at her blog, considering some of her new readers might have missed the earlier post and also mentioned that this is one of her popular recipes in her blog. I knew i would have to try that. Do visit chris's blog if you have not been there, i'm sure you will find something you like.


This is one portion of the Jamie Oliver's Pizza Dough which i had kept in my freezer earlier. Here, I tried to follow closely to Chris's recipe especially the sauce making which was made up of strawberry jam, balsamic vinegar and Sriracha chilli sauce. The Sriracha sauce is a very fiery hot sauce on its own,  i suspect it's probably made from bird's eye chilli but after blending it with jam and balsamic vinegar, believe me, it's really not hot and i'm sure your kids can take it. Otherwise you can use a normal chilli sauce. As for the chicken, i've pan seared it till lightly browned before coating it with the sauce and have used ordinary onion and all mozzarella cheese here. When i was taking the last piece of this pizza, i was kind of missing it already cos i do not know when will i be making it again..Chris, you are right, i've fallen in love!



Recipe ( from The Cafe Sucre Farine )
makes one 12 inch pizza
Ingredients:
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Sriracha Chilli Sauce
1 ball pizza dough
1 cup diced chicken breast ( i've pan seared mine ) or leftover roasted chicken
1/2 cup applewood smoked bacon, cut in 1inch pieces, cooked and drained ( i lightly pan fried it )
1/2 cup thin sliced sweet onion ( i used regular onion)
12 oz shredded Italian blend cheese ( i used 8oz of mozzarella )
1/4cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, diced small

Method:
1. Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan, bring to boil and reduce heat, simmer for 4-5 minutes or until reduced to half of the original amount and mixture is thick and syrupy. Add strawberry jam and chilli sauce and mix well, set aside to cool.
2.Roll out pizza dough on your pizza pan. If you find it a little difficult to roll to the edges of the pan, let it rest for a while and roll out again.
3.Combine chicken with 2 tbsps of the balsamic strawberry mixture and mix to coat all chicken with sauce. Pour rest of the sauce onto pizza dough and spread to cover. Leave a 1" border around the edge and scatter chicken over the sauce.
4.Place about 3/4 of the cheese on top of the dough, spread to cover sauce evenly, scatter bacon and onion over cheese to distribute evenly. Scatter remaining cheese.
5.Bake in a preheated oven at 230C for approximately 8-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, let it cool slightly and sprinkle with diced strawberries and fresh cilantro.


Sharing this with Recipe Box 8 hosted by Bizzy Bakes

48 comments:

  1. From the look of this pizza I know it it delicious! I am so going to try this out. I am not sure Carlos is going to like this though as he always think it is weird to mix sweet (strawberries) and savory that is why he never have Hawaiian pizza :)

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  2. oh gert, it's a good opportunity to 'influence' his thoughts now!

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  3. Oh goodness, first Kenny Rogers, now Pizza Hut, eat your heart out! Looks so, so, delicious! Wow, certainly did not expect that jam, fiery chili sauce and fresh strawberries can be a mouth-watering combination!
    Do you deliver? :o) Reverse-charged accepted!!

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  4. Wow, strawberries in a pizza.... unique and it looks soooo good!

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  5. What a very odd combination of flavour, YET sounds so DELICIOUS!

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  6. Oh Lenia! you've just taken pizza to a totally higher level!! wonderful flavors :)
    Mary x

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  7. Wow, this looks really amazing and so tempting. I love the combination of ingredients. Even the gourmet pizza restaurants don't offer something like this. I''ll be sure to try this out.

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  8. Lena, I like all your up-closed shots of the pizza as it look so delicious there! Very interesting recipe, really really because strawberries are used in making pizza!

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  10. Sorry Lena... Just deleted my comments because I misread some details wrongly :p

    Strawberry in your pizza! This is new to me :D

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  11. Something very new.. strawberry pizza.. so it taste of sweet,sourish and saltish.. great combination!

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  12. Oh my ! That looks way better than the ones at Pizza Hut ! lol Strawberry jam , balsamic vinegar and chili sauce combo sounds wonderful ! By the look of it , I know it must tastes awesome !

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  13. wow, lena, a wonderful pizza that u have, instead of calling pizza hut delivery, can i order from 'lena pizza', hahaha !

    i really want to have a bite on it, cannot tahan la, hahahaha

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  14. Wow, really unusual I have to say! Sweet and savory all combines together, must be super yummy! Ok, since my kiddos are strawberries and pizza lovers, I bet this is a sure win! Thanks for posting this Lena. :))

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  15. Hi Lena, your pizza certainly look tempting, can I come over? LOL

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

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  16. Hi Lena, this pizza looks so awesome thought it is a combination of sweet, sour and savory. It's just like pineapple exchange to strawberries..hehe I bet this is even nicer because the strawberries smell wonderful. I like your idea searing the cubes chicken breast and lightly pan fried the bacon..bring out the taste even more. Can I have your last piece please? :p

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  17. Really very unique.
    It's hard to imagine the taste.

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  18. Oh my heavens, Lena!!! That is one awesome looking Pizza!!! I've been telling people for so many years that I don't enjoy Pizza (yes they look at me like I have three heads) I don't think I better say that anymore until I try this unique sounding pan of delight!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  19. this pizza is really interesting Lena
    a combination of sweet and savoury
    really love to give it a try :)

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  20. What a fun pizza. Sweet and little kick from the Sriracha-wow:)Super fun idea for pizza night. :)

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  21. Wow, Lena. This pizza does look scrumptious. What an interesting burst of flavors..you have it sweet and savory. Do you take order for delivery outstation?? lol

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  22. Lena, the picture sure makes it look amazing! I guess I would have to try it for myself before I comment on it. It does look good though! I like food adventures! :)

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  23. I like not only how beautiful this pizza is baked, but also how you spice up the fresh berries, balsamic ... Sriracha.

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  24. Pizza is my all-time favorite
    I would eat one to the last bit
    Your pizza so well done and beautiful
    Looks so delicious and colorful
    Haven't tried one with strawberry
    Send me one like Pizza Hut Delivery?

    Have a wonderful weekend Lena

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  25. OMG! This is amazing, that's exactly what was in my mind when the your blog page opened up! It looked so good! Very interesting flavour, must try it out some day, real soon!

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  26. Oh my! I'm drooling over this pizza, looks so mouthwatering! Beh tahan lah, wanna eat some now! LOL Very interesting recipe with strawberries! Bookmarking again! So sorry about your gastritis problem. My aunt has the same problem too & she even avoid drinking gassy drinks. Hope you'll feel better soon! HUGS! Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  27. That is one very colorful pizza with amazing ingredients! who would have thought of adding strawberries to pizza? sure looks delicious!

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  28. OMG what an unusual combination you have here. Never tasted it before but looking at your clicks is making me itchy and I know m definitely going to make this some time soon. Great post Lena.
    Thanx for sharing this.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    !nuj1

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  29. It must be delicious from the look of it ;) mmmm send some over ya ;p. Claire and I can only drool for the time being;)

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  30. Lena, I'm so happy you enjoyed my crazy pizza! We love this pizza and I made it while we were vacationing this week only on a thin grilled pizza crust - it was crispy and very thin and everyone loved it - you'll have to try it this way also. I used the same pizza dough recipe as my grilled Margherita Pizza from July 22nd. It's a little lighter for summer.
    Thanks for all your kind words and links to The Cafe. I always love coming to your blog!

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  31. Joyce: If you stay next to me, i will make this right away ..just for you!! Free of charge!!

    cheah: thanks, it is very tasty!

    ellen: why not give it a try? bet you will love it!

    mary: thanks so much! credit has to go to the creator of this pizza, chris!

    mich: true that we cant get this outside, it would be great to see you making this soon!!

    jessie: actually long time ago, me and joyce had made a sweet pizza, it was very nice too, cream cheese as the base.

    zoe: no problem, zoe. As i just mentioned to jessie, actually me and joyce had baked a sweet pizza before in one of our bake along before you came in , that's very nice..she used strawberries and i used pineapples and cram cheese as the base.

    claire: i thought you are in kl today..for the gathering..but saw your msg in fb. Think you will be glued to the tv for the badminton finals!

    anne: it's really very good! you ought to give it a try too!

    eileenlee: thank you, my friend! no'lena delivery', paiseh liao!

    bee2: i would also think that this is a kid friendly pizza, it's not spicy but very tasty!

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  32. amelia: how are you? hey, you shldnt be visiting blogs, you shld take a rest lah or go dating with your hubby! Break mah..what are you doing here?? hahaha!

    doreen: hey, thanks for your always lovely comments, make my day! last piece ? where got last piece some more..all masuk perut oredi!!

    wendy: the combination of sauce taste a little like bbq sauce with some vinegar flavour..aiyah..very hard to describe, i only know there's nothing weird eating this at all, yum!

    louise: hahaha! yeah, i think you better dont say it anymore, i wish i can share this pizza with you and convert you into a pizza lover!

    alice: yes alice, it's very delicious..to me!! i'm sure you will also love it!

    Lora: hi, thanks for visiting, i got your mail and had replied you and hope to take part in your bread event, thanks a lot!

    jen: thank you very much! next time when joyce comes to ipoh, pls tag along, i'll make for you!

    lyndsey: thanks! when i first read the recipe at chris's blog, i was very eager to try out cos it's like a whole new flavour to me, you will love this too!

    maureen: thank you, i dont have such creative idea, all credit has to go to chris! i just rcvd your mail, i shall be replying you shortly.

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  33. anonymous@dreamer?

    This's a very unique pizza
    One that probably make you go gaga
    I'm sure you can finish it all on your own
    Especially when your stomach is in hungry zone
    So you want less or more mozarella
    Hotline nbr is 1-800-88-Lena

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  34. adeline: thanks so much, i hope you will like this as much as i did!

    Kit: hi, thank you! my gastritis problem has been going on actually for a few months so now actually feel relieved after doing that scope and knowing it's not a major problem, i'm under medication and yes, i have to watch my diet, no gassy drinks for me too!

    jeannie: the sauce is very tasty and goes really well with the chicken and the addition of strawberries isnt weird at all eating it on the pizza!

    anuja: hey, how are you doing ? hope to hear more of your experince at the baking class, so what have you been baking this wk at the class?

    elin: i hope when i make it again, i can deliver some to you:))

    chris: oh chris, i have to thank you for posting this delicious pizza, there are still a few more recipes that i want to try from your site..just time. i think i probably remember your margherita pizza, i will have to go and look at it again! hope you're having a great time with your grandkids!!

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  35. Calling pizza delivery 1-800-88-Lena
    More of the cheese please with my pizza
    Delivery within 30 minutes on the dot
    To receive the pizza fresh and hot
    Sorry, you've called the wrong number
    This is 'Kow Sai' the A1 plumber

    Back from church keeping the Sabbath
    Worship the Creator of heaven and earth
    I also enjoy reading what you write
    Your dishes always love at first bite
    Yea, it was me Anonymous@Dreamer alright
    May your week ahead be joyful and bright

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  36. dreamer:

    aiseh, how come connected to the plumber
    you really made a blunder
    tapping all the wrong number
    no pizza for you tonight
    the cook will be glued to the TV all nite
    watching chong wei and lin dan's badminton fight
    oh! chong wei just won the first set
    go, go, chong wei, bring the Gold medal back!!

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  37. Whoa! This combination is the combination of my dreams. I LOVE the idea of strawberry balsamic... throw in a little sriracha and I am a happy girl :)

    Sues

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  38. yum! indeed!! I love those 2 flavours together- and what a good looking pizza I have to say. Better than many shops!

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  39. It's a gorgeous pizza ...with strawberry and chili?? Wow, that would stimulate my taste bud, Lena!

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  40. Strawberries on pizza ??!! It's really unique and make the whole dish looks so colourful and appetizing !

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  41. Dear Lena

    dreamer says

    Just add a bit of funny stuff
    To make the reader smile or laugh
    But when LCW lost the gold medal
    For sure there is no smile or giggle
    LCW failed in his Olympic golden dream
    Meaning no pizza for me, no free ice-cream
    He couldn't clear the last hurdle
    To beat LD a formidable rival
    Losing the gold only by a whisker
    Given his all though the loser
    For me LCW has passed the test
    For LD is as strong at his best
    Through sport LCW has united us all
    He can come back still walking tall
    Good luck to LCW in future competition
    May he bring glory to our nation

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  42. i can't imagine the taste of this pizza with strawberry, the only way is make this and find it out..

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  43. well now friend- talk about colorful and vibrant! My tain has nothing on this pizza of yours! It looks amazing and i love the sweetness of the berries with the balsamic and chicken! Almost too good to eat but then again I love my pizza! I'll take a huge slice!

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  44. My gosh...this is truly love at first sight! Such a generous amount of topping.....mmmmm. Lena, now you make me want to have a pizza party....haha. And, oh, I'm shocked to find strawberry jam there.....creative cooking! Just love it. I want to make pizza too. Thanks very much for sharing.

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  45. sues: you like sriracha too? that's quite a surprise cos it's really a very hot sauce but the combination here is really interesting and so good!

    daphne: cant get this in shops, it's so special, must make it yourself :))

    yvonne: actually this is not a hot pizza even tho there's chilli but i'm sure you will love this too!

    joyce@cc: long time ago, me and joyce, kitchen flavours have attempted a sweet pizza with cream cheese as a base and it turned out very nice too, you shld try it someday too.

    dreamer: yeah, lin dan is a tough opponent, as we can see, cw had already done his best and really put a good fight, feel quite sad for him. Watching him cried almost made me cry too. Again saw LD taking off his shirt, some more throw and give it to the people there..aieekss..so sweaty and geli, you want meh?

    sonia: yes, what you said it's right, hard to imagine the taste unless you make it. a little resembles a bbq chicken pizza with added strawberries!

    jessica: oh, thank you but really, the presentation of your veggie tain is looking so fabulous taht i feel like grabbing if from the screen !

    marymoh: i know all the ingredients here sound a little odd but believe me, this is one marvellous pizza!

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  46. Lena, the pizza is so colourful. It looks better than Pizza Hut and Domino's .

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  47. I've never had a sweet and savory pizza, but you've convinced me to try this amazing one...for sure!
    Love it, so colorful and droolworthy delicious:DDD

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  48. I am sold!! Got hot chilli sauce. My kind of pizza.

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