Monday, January 28, 2013

Mediterranean Style Grilled Chicken and Spinach Pizza

I finally bought myself a grill pan (which I had wanted for years), and I used it to cook the chicken in this recipe. I found it at T. J. Maxx for only $16. I had seen grill pans used often on Food TV, and grilling on them always looked fun and easy. All the "celebrity" cooks are so annoying because, without exception, they seem compelled to comment on the beautiful grill marks they end up with. It really grosses me out. Of course, they are on national television, and I am not. :-)

Mediterranean Style Grilled Chicken and Spinach Pizza
1 pizza crust (I used Mama Mary's 100% Whole Wheat)
6 - 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tsp dillweed
fresh baby spinach leaves
2 tbsp butter
1 chicken breast, grilled (I grilled three at a time and used the other two for a different recipe)
Colonel Paul's Cajun Seasoning
Blackening Spice
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 jar of marinated artichokes, red pepper, and green olives, chopped
kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
feta cheese crumbles
shredded cheddar cheese

1. Season chicken with spices and grill as desired. Chop into bite-sized pieces.
2. In a separate pan, sauté spinach in butter until just wilted. Set aside.
3. Mix dill into cream cheese and spread onto pizza crust.
4. Add chicken, spinach, kalamata olives, and artichoke mixture. Sprinkle with cheeses.
5. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

Spray grill pan with Pam and heat on medium-high heat:

Season the chicken and place on the pan. These chicken breasts were fairly thick, so it took 20-25 minutes to cook them through. Adjust the temperature so you don't burn them.

If I were a TV celebrity, I would comment on the grill marks.

I used a little over 1/2 a bag of baby spinach. You can use more if you would like. It cooks way down.

Saute in butter just until wilted:

Use any pizza crust you want, but this one is really good:

It comes pre-poked with puzzling holes:

Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the pizza crust and top with the remaining toppings:

Sprinkle generously with crumbled feta and shredded cheddar cheeses:

Bake at 350° for about 10-15 minutes.

This pizza is full of amazing texture and flavor combinations. We loved it. All Gil could say was, "Wow." All I could ask was if he had noticed the grill marks.


John said...

This pizza really looks tasty. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thanks for posting!

GF said...

You did comment on the grill marks. I think you should be on Food TV.

Gil said...

Great grill marks! Wow!

Vickie said...

Thanks John, GF, and Gil!

TAdams said...

Love the Pizza! It turned out great!

Vickie said...

So glad you did!!

Anonymous said...

Oh looks at-s those grill mareks. Did you throw those down on that grill?

-A Ginger TV celebrity