Santa Fe Style Grilled Pizza Recipe

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For a fresh twist on summer entertaining, top grilled pizza with Southwestern ingredients such as Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro and chicken marinated with Grill Mates® Baja Citrus Marinade.
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  • 1 package McCormick® Grill Mates® Baja Citrus Marinade
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 medium onion, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 pound fresh pizza dough or frozen dough, thawed or 1 prepared thin pizza crust (12-inch)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
20 mins
20 mins
1. Prepare Marinade Mix as directed on package. Place chicken in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add 1/2 of the marinade; turn to coat well. Reserve remaining marinade for brushing. Refrigerate chicken 15 minutes or longer for extra flavor. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard remaining marinade.

2. Grill chicken over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes per side or until cooked through. Grill onion slices 2 to 4 minutes per side or until tender-crisp. Brush chicken and onions with reserved marinade. Cut chicken into bite-size cubes. Separate onions into rings.

3. Stretch or roll dough on floured baking sheet to a 12- to 14-inch round, about 1/4-inch thick. Brush top of dough with oil. Place oiled-side down on the grill. Close lid. Grill over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until grill marks appear on the bottom of the crust. Carefully flip crust over using tongs or spatula.

4. Layer crust with 1/2 of the cheese, grilled chicken, onions and remaining cheese. Close lid. Grill 3 to 4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and crust is browned. (Check pizza often to avoid burning. Rotate pizza, if necessary.) Slide pizza onto baking sheet. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired. Slice and serve immediately.

Variation: Prepare as directed, using Grill MatesĀ® Mojito Lime Marinade in place of the Baja Citrus Marinade. If desired, reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade. Layer crust with toppings as directed in Step 4. Drizzle with reserved marinade. Grill as directed.


Test Kitchen Tips:

  • Pizza dough may be purchased from the prepared deli or dairy section of the supermarket. If frozen, thaw dough in refrigerator.


  • For ease in stretching or rolling, let dough stand at room temperature 1 to 2 hours.


  • Fresh pizza dough may also be purchased from your local pizzeria.


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Nutrition (per serving)
Calories: 350 Calories
Fat: 14 Grams
Protein: 25 Grams
Cholesterol: 62 Milligrams
Carbohydrates: 31 Grams
Sodium: 818 Milligrams
Fiber: 2 Grams

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