Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I loooooove buffalo chicken.  And I especially love buffalo chicken pizza.  I actually have not made it very often, but my favourite pizza delivery restaurant in Albany, New York had THE BEST buffalo chicken pizza and I ordered it more than I should have.  And ate in one sitting way more than I should have.  I have a teeny bit more restraint now, thankfully! 
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This buffalo chicken pizza recipe comes from The Kitchen is my Playground.  The original blogger did an interesting taste mix due to the preference of her dining partner, and she used hot sauce as the base of half the pizza and blue cheese dressing as the base for the other half.  In her household, the blue cheese half won.  That is what I went with as well.
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The pizza was SO GOOD.  I have this issue with pizza though…are you supposed to pre-cook the crust or not?  The instructions on the pizza dough never say, and Google has mixed results – some say yes, some say no, some say maybe, and some are really heated about it.  I do not pre-cook my crust and sometimes the middle does not hold up as well as it could…but that’s also because my pizzas are typically topping-heavy…but so are the blogs I follow!  So it’s a conundrum.  For someone who is not a stranger to homemade pizza, it’s funny that I have this question.  I guess I could just do my OWN experiment.

As an aside, some people are not huge fans of the bite that blue cheese dressing can have, so you can easily substitute Ranch dressing if you would like.  It changes the flavour a bit, but as long as you still have the buffalo sauce, it still counts!
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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

serves 4 (based on 2 slices per person)

Ingredients:
-Pizza dough (I prefer whole wheat)
-Blue cheese dressing
-2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
-1-2tbsp olive oil
-1/3cu Frank’s Red Hot
-4tbsp butter (it’s a lot, I know…you can use less if you’d like, or just work out extra long after dinner)
-shredded mozzarella

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 425 F.
-Heat olive oil in a saute pan and saute chicken until cooked through.
-While chicken is cooking, melt butter and combine with the Frank’s Red Hot sauce in a medium-sized bowl. Once chicken is cooked through, combine it with the sauce mixture, and toss to coat the chicken well.
-Marinate the chicken for about 15 minutes.
-While chicken is marinating, prepare your pizza crust. Roll pizza dough out to desired size and place on pizza stone or baking sheet. Smooth out a layer of blue cheese dressing over the crust for sauce, top with marinated chicken, then sprinkle generously with mozzarella cheese.
-Bake at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until crust is cooked through and the cheese is bubbly and beginning to get golden brown (FYI – my baking time was about 18-20mins, but it really varies on your oven!).

Another equally delicious buffalo chicken pizza recipe, previously seen on Never The Same Dish:

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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