Pizza! But it has broccoli on it so it’s 80% salad?
These are simple because I’m using premade dough (Trader Joe’s, babe). And it’s also simple because I bought a bag of broccoli florets and took a knife to the larger ones to make them all equalish in size.
And it’s also pretty simple because we’re just seasoning some chicken, searing it in a pan and choppy chopperin’.
Let us peepeth.
Also these are NOT thighs. And you know what, I’m not even going to change it. Those are clearly chicken breasts, and I have no idea what ding dongness happened in my brain, but I’m leaving it. Ha! How’s that for rebellion?
And you know what, you can absolutely use chicken tenders here. They’re smaller and quicker to cook through. Or thighs! Shoot, thighs would work. USE ANYTHING is what I’m saying. Slash screaming.
While the chicken rests, just give the pan a quick deglaze (splash of water) so nothing burns. Plus all those browned bits will just add to your broccoli essence.
We’re starting a band called Broccoli Essence.
The broccoli sautés a few minutes, then you’ll add all that delicious chopped garlic and get it slightly browned and very fragrant and life just comes together.
But hold up, we still have ‘za to make, bruh.
There’s no real sauce for these. I drizzle olive oil over the rolled out crusts, and you could certainly sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt over them, but they needeth not mucheth.
So just pile the chopped chicken on, the garlicky broccoli on, and the grated mozzarella on. And call it a day. But bake it first.
You knew that.
Fifteen to twenty minutes in a hot oven and baaaaab-ay. Lookin’ so fine. The cheese bubbles, the broccoli crisps ever so slightly, the chicken is perfectly blanketed in mozzarella, and you’re set.
Some fresh parmesan cheese to finish it out? Obviously. And one more drizzle of your best oil never hurts.
And shoot, add a tiny pinch of crushed red pepper flakes if that’s what your soul craves. Nothing should stop you.
It’s simple, but so comforting, ya know? I love chicken and broccoli anything, so of course pizza just fit the bill. The entire bill.
And it’s kid friendly! You could for sure get fancier here with a pancetta topping, or tiny bits of asparagus. Fly, little bird.
Perfect for early spring!
Your next pizza night – boom.