Cookbook:Nigerian Chicken Suya Pizza
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Nigerian chicken suya pizza is a type of Nigerian pizza made with chicken and flavored with a mixture of spices. Pizza is a common food in Nigeria—although it is a foreign import, it is now widespread.
- All-purpose flour
- Olive oil
- Oil for greasing the dough
- Red bell pepper
- Red onion
- Bouillon powder
- Ata rodo or habanero chile (optional)
- Chicken breast
- Yaji powder
- Peanut oil
- Chili pepper (optional)
- Mixture bowl
- Combine the flour, yeast, nutmeg, and sugar.
- Mix in the olive oil and enough water to make a medium-soft dough. If the dough becomes too hard, add a small amount of water to soften. If the dough becomes too soft, knead in a few dustings of flour.
- Knead the dough well for a few minutes.
- Coat the dough with 1 tsp oil, then place it in a greased bowl. Cover and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hr until doubled in volume.
- Heat oil in a saucepan. Add the tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, bouillon, and ata rodo. Cook until softened and saucy.
- To prevent an oily mess, drain the oil after seasoning and frying until the oil floats to the top.
- Clean the chicken, then pat it dry.
- Season the chicken with salt, and let it rest for a little while.
- Combine the oil, yaji powder, and chili pepper. Add the chicken, and allow it to marinate for 20-60 minutes.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter in a pan. Sear the chicken on all sides until just beginning to turn golden.
- Transfer the pan of chicken to a 350˚F oven, and bake until cooked through. If you don't have an oven, you can use your stovetop to sear on medium heat until cooked through.
- Let rest for 10 minutes to prevent the cooked chicken from losing its juices when cut.
- Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
- Punch down the dough to deflate it, then gently knead for about 5 minutes on a flour-dusted work surface.
- Use a rolling pin and your hands to flatten the dough into a thin round pizza crust.
- Brush the crust with 1 tsp oil. Spread the sauce over the top, leaving a border about 1 inch wide. Scatter the shredded chicken and the toppings on top of the sauce.
- Bake the pizza for 8-15 minutes at 400˚F until done. The crust should be well-browned on the bottom and edges, and the cheese should be melted.
Notes, tips, and variationsEdit
- Instead of the pizza sauce, you can use already-prepared Nigerian stew.