Pumpkin Thai Chicken Pizza

Three years ago when we moved to the tiny island of Guam our small condo looked out over the clear calm waters of Agana Bay which led out to the Philippine Sea.  The flat bottomed rain clouds towered up over the open ocean, not a trace of land in sight.  When we walked out the back of the building a pack of wild dogs trotted by, giving us the hairy eye ball.  We walked past the cinder block remains of an old building slowly being reclaimed by the jungle, a toilet sitting bare on the roof.  A few chickens pecked through the overgrown grass.  We walked passed the old korean restaurant and bar, and into a tiny Thai restaurant.  I’d never tried Thai before and had no idea what to order, but I watched the old woman in the open kitchen throwing things into a sizzling pan and it smelled like heaven.

This started my love affair with Thai food.

I was trying to think of ways to jazz up pumpkin, pumpkin needs to be jazzy – it needs accessories, and this hit me!  I swear food ideas come to me at the strangest times…I’ve started carrying a little book to jot them down.  Does that make me a real foodie?

Spicy, sweet, savory, oh my yes.  The cilantro is key, don’t leave out the cilantro!  I guess if you hate it, (which I heard is genetic) you could substitute parsley or thai basil, yum!

Anyways, you have to try this pizza!  Be bold.

Pumpkin Thai Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough, prepared
1 15 oz can Pure Pumpkin
1 Tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Thai Red Curry paste
1 chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken, shredded
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
2 thin slices of onion, chopped
handful fresh cilantro chopped

1.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin, chili garlic sauce, salt and pepper.

2.  In another smaller bowl mix together the cut chicken, curry paste and lime juice.  Mix together until the chicken is evenly coated with the red curry paste.

3.  Flour your surface and roll out the prepared pizza dough.  Sprinkle the pizza stone or cookie sheet with corn meal and place the dough on the sheet/stone.  Evenly spread the pumpkin mixture on the dough leaving about an inch bare for the crust.  Sprinkle the chicken on top of the pumpkin mixture and evenly place the onion slices on the chicken.

4.  Finally sprinkle with cheese and bake for 16-18 minutes until cheese has melted and crust is a light golden brown.

5.  While it’s baking chop or tear the cilantro.  After you take the pizza out and it’s cooled sprinkle the cilantro over it and serve.  Enjoy!

Comments

  1. says

    My last round of Thai food on Guam, I also discovered using rotisserie chicken instead of sauteeing from raw… made such an incredible taste difference in the curry! PS… your description of Guam is absolutely spot on :)

  2. says

    What a fun and unforgettable introduction to Thai food! My first Thai experience was in Hawaii and I had no clue how to order either….I also sweat bullets because I wasn’t used to spicy food and now I can’t get enough of it!! I love Thai pizzas and your idea of using a pumpkin sauce is so creative. I’m imagining the flavors in my mouth and I’m pleased to report it’s watering :) Very impressive, girly!

  3. says

    Oh my this looks great! I never would have thought to put pumpkin on a pizza! Definitely going to try this. By the way, love the story about Guam – I visited there as a child and it was a magical place!

    • says

      We buy a dough ball from our grocery store, all we have to do is roll it out. So that’s no help to ya, but you could either make your own from scratch or buy one, and I’m sure it would be fine. You are awesome!

    • says

      Trip report! This pizza was sooooooooooooo dang delicious! I grilled lime-chicken sausage and chopped it into pieces for my meat and followed Miss Abby’s recipe to the T except adding chopped jalapeno–hey, we like SPICE. My first bite was like, “WHAT? It’s *this* good?!” I’ve been sharing this recipe to everyone who will listen to me! Oh, and I bought pizza dough from a can (score–but the pop opening it scared me and the dog!).