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August 9 2013

Garlic Lime Chicken Fajita Pizza

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Homemade marinade:
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp each salt & black pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil & lime juice

For the pizza:
6  chicken tenders
1 1 lb homemade pizza dough or 1 [13.8 oz] can refrigerated pizza dough [such as Pillsbury Classic]
1 1/2 cups Mexican cheese blend
3/4 cup taco sauce, divided
1 small purple onion sliced
1/3 cup red pepper, sliced
1/3 cup green pepper, sliced
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro, divided
assorted toppings:  sour cream, salsa, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, black olives, jalapenos

To prepare the homemade marinade, mix the oregano, garlic, cumin, 1/2 of the cilantro, salt and pepper with 1/4 cup each of lime juice and vegetable oil.  Place the chicken tenders into a plastic storage bag and pour the marinade on top.  Let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.  For the shortcut marinade, follow the package instructions.

When you're ready to prepare the pizza, remove the chicken tenders from the storage bag and discard the marinade.  Grill the chicken on medium-high heat for 2 minutes per side or until the juices run clear.  Drizzle the peppers and onion lightly with vegetable oil and grill until crisp tender, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.  Slice the chicken into pieces and set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the crust

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Unroll the pizza dough into an 8 x 13 inch rectangle, then pour half of the taco sauce on top.  [tip:The spice in this pizza is in the taco sauce. If you prefer it mild, medium or hot the choice is yours]   Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over the sauce.  Layer the sliced grilled chicken and vegetables over the cheese, then drizzle with the remaining taco sauce.  Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the toppings and bake for 15-17 minutes until the crust is golden. Garnish with chopped cilantro.  Serve with your favorite toppings.