Hi everyone! Now, it’s time for an update to another old favourite – honey garlic chicken pizza. For those of you who don’t know, honey garlic chicken pizza is a specialty of Pizza Hut in Brunei, and Brunei alone. Which is great, because it’s delicious and something we can be proud of… but what do you do if you’re overseas and are really craving for it? You make it, of course.
Because this is pizza, is really rather simple to make. The only choice you make is whether you want a pizza base that’s ready-made or made from scratch. In my previous version, I did that but I thought I would try making my own pizza crust this time around. And the efforts are well worth it. Have a peek at the recipe below.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
- 4 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cup water, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 cloves garlic, minced/crushed
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Honey garlic BBQ sauce
- Boneless, skinless chicken cut into bite-sized pieces – I used two drumsticks for one pizza
- 2 whole roasted garlic
- Mozzarella cheese – lots of it
- Green bit of a couple of spring onions
- Sesame seed
- Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the top.
- In a large bowl, combine the bread flour and salt, mixing briefly with a whisk to blend.
- Measure the room temperature water into the measuring cup with the yeast-water mixture. Pour in the yeast-water mixture as well as the olive oil slowly while kneading the mixture. Knead until a cohesive dough is formed.
- Continue kneading until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours
- When ready, press down gently on the dough to deflate it. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide into two round balls. Cover with a damp cloth and let it relax for at least 10 minutes, no longer than 30 minutes.
- Chop off the tops of two whole garlic bulbs and seal tightly in aluminium foil. Bake in 200C oven for 1 hour. Or, you can do what I did and roast it in a toaster oven for 20 minutes.
- When cool, squeeze the bottom of the bulb to squish out the cloves.
- Mix everything together and bring to boil. Lower heat and keep mixing until sauce is nice and thickened.
- To cook the chicken, marinate in a little bit of the sauce (perhaps while the garlic is roasting) and cook as you like. I just stirfried mine, but you can grill, roast, BBQ, etc.
- Transfer the rested pizza dough to a floured surface and shape into pizza bases. Brush the edge lightly with olive oil.
- To assemble the pizza, pour the remaining sauce (reserve a little bit for later) over the base and spread a thin layer. Squish out the roasted garlic and spread all over.
- Add the chicken pieces, then cover everything up with a nice thick layer of cheese.
- Bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is browned and bubbly and base is fluffy.
- To serve, sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and finely chopped spring onions over the cheese. Drizzle the remaining sauce all over and serve immediately.
- Edda has a really great write-up about this in her site, so check it out. She has step by step pictures, something I haven't managed to do yet. I just used a different pizza dough recipe.
- Don't let the pizza dough rest longer than 30 minutes, or you'll get a pizza explosion. That was what happened to my second pizza, which you'll get a look at next time.
- This recipe may take time, but its delicious and most of it is just waiting around anyway. It'll be faster if you use pre-made pizza bases.
Mmmm. Doesn’t that just look amazing? And honestly, this is really really close to Pizza Hut‘s version. So much cheaper too – well, depending on how much cheese you put in. I tend to go a bit overboard. And with anything that you make yourself, you can tweak this to your liking. Want it spicy? Add a bit of chilli flakes in there. (I really don’t agree with Pizza Hut‘s Spicy Garlic Chicken btw…).
The only thing is… that pizza base. I really like it, tastes much better than the ready-made kind but… wow it takes awhile to get going. One idea would be to have this ready frozen, and all you need to do is thaw the base and put your toppings. Maybe when I get that fancy stand mixer… Because I was so busy making two different types of pizzas though, and taking pictures, the second one turned out not so well. I mean, it was delicious, but … the pizza dough expanded by a lotttt. So if you can, bake the two pizzas you’ll get from this at the same time. Or freeze it.
Apart from that though, everything was so very delicious. I mean, I’m not usually huge on sweet-ish chickens, but Pizza Hut has hit on a winning combination here. You can read about my thoughts on the original post if you like. Everything still holds true. Don’t skip the garlic roasting, is the main thing I would say. This transforms the garlic from something that would be quite strong to something mildly pleasantly sweet. Its really delicious.
For those of you not in Brunei and who have never tasted this… how can I describe this… The sauce is sweet from the honey yes, but its not overpoweringly so. It is also savoury with a strong smoky component from the BBQ sauce. It’s also nicely balanced with salty from the soy sauce. Just talking about it makes me want to have moreee… Sigh. In any case, if you’ve never tasted it… why not give it a go? It’s Brunei’s #1 selling pizza for a reason. Even heard stories of Malaysians who came to Brunei, had this, and were supremely disappointed that they can’t have it in Malaysia. Well, now you can. 🙂 Good luck!