Nashville Hot Chicken Pizza

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If you're looking for a taste of some Tennessee heat, look no further than this Nashville hot sauce chicken and PIZZA mash up.

That's right ya'll.

It's NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN PIZZA. Completed with a drizzle of sweet, sweet honey this pizza has a blazing hot sauce topped with fried chicken and chilled pickles and onions. Tell me a better combo. I'll wait.

honey drizzled pizza


It's all about that 'ZA

There are a few ways you can go about making this pizza. The recipe below will walk you through the easiest version possible, with ingredients that are accessible for anyone to use!

However I don't recommend using just any pizza dough. Especially 'canned' varieties or precooked crusts that you can usually spot near the pizza sauces section at the grocery store. Recently, I've seen many of my local grocery stores selling bagged, premade pizza dough for you to take home and make your own pizza! Which is great since most people don't have all day to make their own crust, considering all that rise time.

Nashville Hot Chicken Pizza


If you don't see any in your chilled deli area, you might also have some luck finding pizza dough in the freezer section. I've had luck finding frozen pizza dough myself, but be warned that the thaw time is nearly just as long as a rise time at the end of the day.

But if you really want a gourmet pizza, feel free to make the dough from scratch. Or make your own chicken wings, dredged by hand. Heck, you can even make the mozzarella at home if you're so inclined.

Regardless of how you aquire your dough the most important factor is letting the dough reach room temperature (or even a touch warmer) to get a rise bubbly crust.


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What's in Nashville HOT Sauce?

If you are craving the authentic flavor of a Nashville hot sauce with some actual HEAT then look no further. While this sauce makes the base of the pizza in this recipe, there is plenty left over to use on traditional wings, pork chops and more!

  • butter - other recipes might call for oil but the real key to getting a rich and thick sauce is to use LOTS of butter
  • honey - start of sweet to trick your taste buds into craving MORE heat
  • brown sugar - adds notes of caramel under the heat
  • apple cider vinegar - adds some twang to the sauce
  • cayenne - I'm going to use A LOT of cayenne pepper in this recipe, but feel free to adjust the amount to fit your personal taste (though authentic Nashville hot sauce should make you SWEAT!)
  • smoked paprika - make sure it's SMOKED for more in depth flavor
  • black garlic - you can also substitute for regular garlic, but black garlic adds sweet AND earthy notes the sauce
  • chili powder - what, you scared of MORE HEAT?
hot chicken pizza


Mix 'n' Mash HOT & COLD Toppings

During the initial baking of the pizza, we're only going to top it with mozzarella and our chopped Nashville hot chicken. This will ensure the sauce is baked into the crust and the cheese will hold it all together.

But to really give your tastebuds a one-two PUNCH we're going to leave our onions and sweet pickle slices chilled and wait to toss those on at the very end.

Your mind will be blown not only by the sweet-meets-heat Nashville Hot flavors but the mishmash of the hot pizza combined with the chilled pickles and onions will leave you craving this pizza long after you've eaten it.

(Good thing you can make it whenever you want!)

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Nashville Hot Chicken Pizza

  • Number of Servings: 6
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
Nashville Hot Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

  • 16 oz raw pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp flour, for dusting
  • 8 popcorn chicken tenders, cooked & roughly chopped
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp honey, for drizzling
  • ¼ cup Nashville Hot sauce (recipe follows)
  • chilled dill pickle slices, for topping
  • chilled sweet onion, sliced for topping
  • corn meal, for dusting
  • pizza stone & peel
  • FOR NASHVILLE HOT SAUCE
  • ½ cup + 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried black garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Mouth Feel

Salty
Savory
Sour
Bitter
Sweet
Spicy

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Instructions

  1. If using a pizza stone, preheat at 425 F for at least one hour or while prepping the pizza.
  2. Cook the chicken according to the instructions on the package. Cool while preparing the sauce and then roughly chop.
  3. Prepare the Nashville hot sauce by first melting ½ cup of butter over medium heat until frothy and beginning to brown. Whisk in the honey, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Then add the cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic and chili powders. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Simmer sauce over medium heat for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to low and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. When the sauce has thickened, stir in the remaining butter. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
  5. Dust a flat surface with flour and roll out the pizza dough to a quarter inch thick and about 12-14 inches round. If using a pizza stone, transfer the dough to a pizza peel dusted with corn meal.
  6. Brush on about a quarter cup of Nashville hot sauce, leaving a crust around the edges. Top with the chopped chicken and mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
  7. Top the pizza with chilled pickle slices and sweet onion. Drizzle with honey as desired. Slice and enjoy!
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