Do you ever watch one of those recipe videos that make a super delicious dish look so easy? That’s where I got the inspiration for my next recipe.
I saw this video (or a shortened version of it) on Buffalo chicken bread and knew I had to have a go at making it. Buffalo chicken is one of the wonders of this blue marble we call Earth. Seriously. Add cheese and bread to the mix and I’m completely sold.
College students, however, cannot thrive off of these infamous delicious-yet-not-nutritional meals. So I made the recipe a tad bit healthier. Here’s what I did:
- 2 cans pizza dough
- 2 cups steamed and shredded chicken
- 1 cup Buffalo sauce
- 1/3 cup scallions
- 1/3 cup chopped kale and spinach
- 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough from each can and cut into 15 squares. Set aside. In a bowl, mix the shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, scallions, kale and spinach, garlic powder, pepper, and half the cheese. Distribute equally onto each square. Once there is no more Buffalo chicken mix, sprinkle cheese on each pizza square. Melt butter in a microwave, and brush over each square. Put the pizza squares into a loaf pan, and add remaining cheese and butter right in the pan. Bake in oven for 40 minutes.
Because this recipe calls for 1 cup of Buffalo sauce, I decided to not add any salt. But, I knew without the addition of a few seasonings, this would still be a bland dish. That’s where the garlic powder and pepper come in handy.
However, my biggest change here is using spinach and kale. With all the cheese, including these leafy vegetables wasn’t obvious (taste-wise) at all. If anything, I’m pretty sure they added a little bit of texture and crispiness.
While it’s not totally guilt free, this dish allows you to indulge and get a good amount of vegetables too. I also really liked the concept of using pizza dough for a “pull apart bread” dish and would make it again with other ingredients. Cheers!