Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza (copycat Papa Murphy's)
Chewy pizza crust topped with a creamy garlic ranch sauce, grilled chicken breast, diced tomatoes and green onions, and a three cheese blend. This pizza tastes just like Papa Murphy's!
One 16-inch pizza ("family size")
1 cup warm water (115 degrees)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2/3 cup ranch dressing*
1/2 to 1 tablespoon minced garlic**
12 ounces (3 cups shredded) mozzarella cheese
2 ounces (1/2 cup shredded) cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 grilled chicken breast, sliced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced***
1/4 cup (packed) coarsely slice green onion tops****
1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine water, sugar, and salt. Add flour and yeast all at once, and stir until a soft dough forms. Add additional flour if needed, and knead gently for 5-10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.
Alternately, you may mix this dough in a bread machine. On the dough cycle, add ingredients in order listed and remove dough when it is finished kneading. (Turn off the dough cycle at that time.) Dough can be somewhat sticky.
Or, you can mix this dough in a stand mixer, until soft and elastic. Dough can be somewhat sticky.
2. Butter or grease a 16-inch round pizza pan. Using your buttery hands, lift the soft, sticky dough onto the pizza pan and gently spread to the edges.
3. In a 1-cup measuring cup, mix the ranch dressing and minced garlic. Use a spoon to spread the sauce mixture over the crust.
4. In a medium mixing bowl, toss together the mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses. Spread about half of the cheese mixture over the sauce.
5. Evenly spread the chicken, tomatoes, and green onions over the pizza. Top with the remaining cheese.
6. Bake pizza in a pre-heated 425-degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Check pizza after 10 minutes, and continue to check every few minutes until top is browned and cheese is bubbly.
7. Remove pizza from oven, allow to cool slightly, and slice (I use a kitchen scissors to slice mine). Serve hot and enjoy!
*I like Hidden Valley or Wishbone brand ranch dressing. You want a thick creamy dressing, not a thin one.
**I love garlic and prefer 1 tablespoon. Joshua says that 1/2 tablespoon of garlic is closer to the flavor of Papa Murphy's. So use the lesser amount unless you are a garlic lover like I am! :)
***You can use 1 larger tomato (such as Beefsteak) if you wish. Dice the tomato and then drain off excess juice and seeds before using.
****I have tried using some of the white part of the onion as well, and it lends a very unpleasant flavor to the pizza. Stick with the green part only, at least for this recipe! :)
Tips for making fabulous homemade pizzas!
This copycat recipe was created by Tammy.
This knock-off version of Papa Murphy's Gourmet Garlic Chicken Pizza tastes amazingly just like Papa Murphy's! I had no idea it would be easy to recreate this, so I was amazed when the first try was super close to perfect!
What else is there to say? Papa Murphy's Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza is my favorite of their pizzas. Creamy, crispy, cheesy, and permeated with the fragrant aroma of garlic, homemade pizza doesn't get much better than this.
I've listed in the additional notes about dressings, tomatoes, and green onions. Don't skip following my directions if at all possible! Too much tomato can make your pizza watery. Papa Murphy's uses coarsely sliced green onion tops, and I really do think that's the best way.
I'm sure this pizza would be delicious with additional toppings, but it's really GREAT exactly how I have the recipe, and it's also exactly how Papa Murphy's serves theirs. :)
So, I know I say this every time I create (or re-create) a new recipe, but I think this is now my favorite homemade pizza! It's definitely getting a spot in our pizza rotation. :)