Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Pizza

Aloha friends!

As I was approaching the end of my PhD, I started to keep a list of 'around the house' spring cleaning tasks that I wanted to tackle when I had more free time. One thing that I knocked off my list this weekend was the re-organization of my basement. I had organized awhile back putting everything into one corner of the basement. Over time more items got piled on creating a small avalanche, so I finally invested in shelving for proper storage. 

What was in that avalanche was interesting: a kids Disney recorder, someone's old printer, roller blades, a crap load of acrylic paints, random shoes, a really funny hat, and a morph suit, just to name a few. And yes, I said a morph suit! Google it. I must also let you know that I rent out two of the rooms in my house, so over the years there are random items left behind. I just didn't realize I was hoarding so much of them!  Anyways after a long day of sorting and irritating my allergies with the dust storm I stirred up, I was craving something delicious for dinner.....but I was too exhausted and got take-out instead. It happens to the best of us, even to a DomesticPhD! 

Ok so Sunday would be a fresh start. I would run my errands and make an epic dinner. One of my best friends recently moved to Guelph and we have been really excited to be just 5 minutes away from each other. That day we went to Costco and then ended up taking a long stroll on the University campus. The day kind of got away from me, but I was still determined to make something mouthwatering for dinner.

It was a gorgeous Sunday to get outside for a walk.

It was a gorgeous Sunday to get outside for a walk.

On the menu that evening I planned to make pulled chicken pizza. I got home way later than I had planned, and I needed to get the chicken in the slow cooker asap so it would have time to cook for a couple of hours (thankfully I had pulled out the chicken the night before). After that I needed to made the dough, the pizza sauce, and for no good reason, I decided to make banana muffins. In between all of that I was also trying to do three loads of laundry and clean the whole house. You can say I was feeling ambitious! 

This is the pulled chicken sauce after it has been cooked for a few minutes. Ready to get into the slow cooker.

This is the pulled chicken sauce after it has been cooked for a few minutes. Ready to get into the slow cooker.

Chicken covered in the sauce and ready to cook for about 2 hours on high.

Chicken covered in the sauce and ready to cook for about 2 hours on high.

While the slow cooker was going I quickly made the dough for the pizza so it could sit for an hour and rise. Next was the pizza sauce. I just blended diced tomatoes with a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Italian seasoning. After that I quickly whipped up the muffins and got those in the oven (but that recipe will be for another post :D). 

Once the dough was ready and the chicken was cooked, I prepped the pizza for the oven. On the pizza I used the sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, pulled chicken, red onion, and arugula. As for the leftover pulled chicken, I packed it up and froze it so I could enjoy it at a later time.

Lot's of leftover chicken for future dinners. Would be great on a bun with a coleslaw.

Lot's of leftover chicken for future dinners. Would be great on a bun with a coleslaw.

I was non-stop all night, and I didn't actually get to sit down and eat my dinner until 9 pm. At least it was just in time for Fear the Walking Dead (yup Sunday zombie night continues). I was so hangry at this point, but I tried to eat my food slowly and savour each bite. The pizza turned out so good and was worth the wait!

Check out the recipes below, and enjoy!

xoxo Michelle

SLOW COOKER PULLED CHICKEN

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

1/2 cup diced onions

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 cup diced tomatoes

2-3 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 bay leaf

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp each of cumin, coriander, and cinnamon

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste 

  1. Salt and pepper the chicken and put in the slow cooker.
  2. In a pan, cook the onions and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes until the onions soften. Then add the rest of the ingredients and cook for a few more minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook for ~2 hours on the high setting of the slow cooker.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked and tender, shred it and stir it into the sauce so it can pick up more of the flavour.

Note: Recipe was adapted from Canadian Living: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/slow_cooker_pulled_pork.php

PIZZA DOUGH

Ingredients (makes 2 crusts or 1 large crust):

4 cups flour

1 tsp active dry or instant yeast

1-1 1/2 cups warm water

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup of olive oil

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over a bowl of warm water and let sit for ~10 minutes.
  2. Mix the flour with the salt, and slowly pour in the olive oil while mixing. 
  3. Pour in the warm water mixture and mix and then let sit for ~1hr.

Note: You can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to make the dough. I don't have one though so I had to mix it all by hand and it works just fine :)

Source: The Pioneer Woman: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/my-favorite-pizza/

PIZZA SAUCE

Ingredients:

2-3 cups of diced tomatoes (I actually used what was left over in the 32 oz can that I had used for the pulled chicken sauce).

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Italian seasoning

I mixed everything in a food processor and went by taste.

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