Grilled Pizza with Chicken, Avocado and Tomatoes – Friday Night Bite

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 12, 2011

I made this pizza on Wednesday afternoon. The same afternoon I made some whole wheat, sugar free muffins (I will share the recipe as soon as I can make them again…I need to get my hands on some more sucanat first!). The afternoon I was feeling pioneer-ish!

My neighbor was over and our kids were playing around the yard. We were catching up, talking about the upcoming school year…and she was watching me and my pioneer-ish ways in action. I explained as I made the homemade ranch dressing. And she walked out with me to the “back garden” to pick tomatoes. And she watched in awe as I sliced the avocado in the palm of my hand.

(I think I might have caught her taking notes.)

She enjoys learning and watching as I cook. Or grill, in this case. And I enjoy teaching her a few tricks here and there too!

I made my traditional pizza crust dough in the bread machine, but replaced the white flour with wheat flour and used honey in place of sugar (remember my goal for August!) And for whatever reason, it was huge. HUGE. It took up over 2/3rds of my grill…and I have a big grill!

The dough rose to the same height as normal, had the same amount of flour, liquid, etc. But when I rolled it out, it was nearly double in size. Not sure of the reason…better consistency with the all whole wheat flour…no. idea.

So the crust…topped with one of my favorite flavor combinations…tomatoes, avocado, ranch and cheddar.  With some grilled chicken pieces. Then, finally cooked on the grill.

De. light. ful!!!

(Other than the kind of cheese I had to use being terribly expensive (so the boys could enjoy this treat), this would be an inexpensive dinner for 4 when using regular shredded cheese!)

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Grilled Pizza with Chicken, Avocado and Tomatoes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 1 hour 30 minutes for the dough

Cooking Time – 10 minutes on the grill

Ingredients

  • 1 homemade pizza crust, replacing white with whole and honey for sugar ($.97)
  • 1 cup store bought or homemade ranch dressing ($.50)
  • 3 medium-large tomatoes from the garden
  • 1 avocado ($1.25)
  • 2 cups grilled chicken, diced ($2)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ($1.50 for regular, $5 for dairy free, soy free! Ack!)
  • Fresh fruit or carrot sticks ($.50)

Directions

  • Make the crust and roll it out, or use a store bought crust. If using a store bought crust on the grill, roll it out and place it on a flat surface in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, then transfer it directly to the grill.
  • Place the crust directly on the grill, over the lowest heat possible. Spread the ranch dressing over the top, then add the diced tomatoes, diced avocado, diced chicken and top with the cheese. Let cook on the grill for 10-12 minutes.
  • Don’t overcook, as you run the risk of burning the bottom of the crust.
  • Carefully slide the grilled pizza from the grill onto a large cutting board or large baking sheet. Slice.
  • Serve Grilled Pizza with Chicken, Tomatoes and Avocado and a side of fresh fruit or carrot sticks.

Cost $6.73 – $10ish

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim T August 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Your Friday Night Bites have all been amazing, wonderful and incredible!!! WOW, this looks terrific! Keep the Friday Night bites coming, they are my family’s favorites!

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Dorothy August 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

Looks great! I am curious to where you live, as my grocery costs are way higher.
An avocado at Walmart is $2 or at the local grocery store $2.69. Even on sale cheese
would be $1.75.

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Allison August 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

When we went dairy-free for a time to see if my daughter was allergic to dairy I found that the dairy free,soy free cheeses were actually less expensive at our health food store Earth Fare. Also they have the Mambo Sprouts coupons in the front of the store and there was almost always one for the cheese. Our local Kroger and Publix had the same cheese, but it was always at least $1.50 more!

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Mickey H August 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I made this tonight (well, a variation of it). Fresh tomatoes and green pepper from my garden, avocado, fresh mozzarella, and olive oil and herbs. It was really good!

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Carissa August 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I made this pizza tonight and it was a huge hit! I modified the recipe just a smidge, but this was the perfect excuse to try the fresh pizza dough available from our local Italian market and it did not disappoint! I’ll be ditching Boboli in the fresh dough’s favor from now on – and I continue to be wowed by your recipes! Thank you!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 1, 2011 at 7:06 am

Awesome that you can get fresh pizza dough Carissa…jealous! ;)

Erin

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