Kung Pao Pizza

I love celebrating holidays from different cultures with the Munchkins because it not only is a great opportunity for them to learn about other countries and traditions, but it's a great chance to try new foods! Chinese New Year is celebrated this year from February 10-24 this year and I had the chance to create a recipe to celebrate using products from Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia! I decided to put an Asian twist on a family favorite and make pizza with all the ingredients in a typical kung pao chicken! Pre-made pizza dough and ready-to-use spicy, flavorful sauce make this delicious dish quick and easy enough to make any day of the week!

Kung Pao Pizza
Serves 4

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 carrot, julienned (cut into matchstick sized pieces)
1 pound of prepared pizza dough (I usually get mine from Safeway's deli or from Trader Joe's)
1 pouch Simply Asia Kung Pao Sauce
1 cup shredded mozzerella
1 chicken breast, cooked and diced
1/4 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped finely

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and stretch out pizza dough into a 12 inch square on a greased baking sheet.
2. Spread 1/4 cup of Simply Asia Kung Pao Sauce evenly accross the surface of the dough and top with the shredded mozzerella.
3. Heat oil in a medium sized skillet, add peppers and carrots, and cook until crisp tender.
4. Add cooked chicken breast pieces and the remaining Simply Asia Kung Pao Sauce to the veggies and stir over medium heat until everything is well coated with sauce and sizzling.
5. Spread the chicken and veggie mixture evenly accross the surface of the cheese covered pizza dough and sprinkle the finely chopped peanuts over the top.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown, then slice and enjoy!

For more great Chinese New Year recipes check out Thai Kitchen's website, Pinterest, and facebook page or Simply Asia's website, Pinterest, and facebook page.
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