Apr 18
2011

Southwestern Chicken Pizza with Chipotle Cream Cheese Sauce Recipe

Southwestern Chicken Pizza Recipe with Chipotle Cream Cheese Sauce

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Kraft.

Every Friday night at our house brings great excitement for my boys. Pizza night ranges from standards, such as pepperoni and Hawaiian, to slightly more adventurous versions, such as Thai chicken or grilled shrimp and pesto. Southwestern or Mexican pizzas have crossed our pizza stone several times, but the flavor combination has never been quite right. We were missing a good kick of heat and a sauce that would stand up to the chicken, black beans, corn, red bell pepper and queso fresco cheese that we like to pile on top.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese recently introduced a new product, called Cooking Creme. It has the same flavor of cream cheese, but can be easily spooned and melted into a variety of dishes. While the Cooking Creme is available in a southwestern flavor, I prefer to add the flavors according my own palate, so I used the original flavor as a starting point. I heated a small amount of vegetable broth and melted the cooking creme into the broth to make a thinner sauce. Stirring in minced chipotle peppers, a small amount of adobo sauce and fresh lime juice gave the sauce that tangy kick we were craving. What did my boys think? They went back for thirds. I think that says it all.

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The recipe:

The sauce:
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring vegetable stock to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in Philadelphia Cooking Creme (regular flavor) until it dissolved. Add chopped chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, and a pinch of salt.

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The pizza:
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat for 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine shredded chicken, olive oil, cumin and salt. Stir until chicken is coated.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough until it is about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer the dough to a pizza peel covered with cornmeal. Spread chipotle sauce over the pizza dough. Sprinkle black beans, corn, red bell pepper and queso fresco cheese evenly over the sauce.

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Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone and bake for 5 minutes. Sprinkle chicken over the pizza and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with cilantro. Serve. Drizzle with remaining chipotle sauce, if desired.

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Southwestern Chicken Pizza with Chipotle Cream Cheese Sauce

Sauce:
2 tbsp vegetable broth
10 oz. Philadelphia Cooking Creme, regular flavor
1 chipotle pepper, seeded and minced
1 tsp adobo sauce (from chipotle pepper can)
2 tsp fresh lime juice
Pinch of kosher salt

Pizza:
1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp ground cumin
Pinch of kosher salt
1 recipe of my homemade dough, or store-bought dough
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
3 tbsp chopped cilantro

Sauce:
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring vegetable stock to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in Philadelphia Cooking Creme until it dissolved. Add chopped chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, and a pinch of salt.

Pizza:
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat for 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine shredded chicken, olive oil, cumin and salt. Stir until chicken is coated.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough (link to dough recipe) until it is about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer the dough to a pizza peel covered with cornmeal. Spread 3/4 cup of the chipotle sauce over the pizza dough. Sprinkle black beans, corn, red bell pepper and queso fresco cheese evenly over the sauce.

Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone and bake for 5 minutes. Sprinkle chicken over the pizza and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with cilantro. Serve. Drizzle with remaining chipotle sauce, if desired.

Makes one 12-inch pizza.

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1 RavieNomNoms April 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

That looks SO amazing! I love chipotle so much, love that smokey flavor…

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2 claudia lamascolo April 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Oh my goodness this is awesome pizza got to try this the boys will love it!

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3 Vicki @ WITK April 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

This looks so tasty, I should start having pizza night! Love the use of chipotle cream cheese as sauce, looks perfect.

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4 Kate April 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I love pizza and that chipotle cream cheese sauce sounds heavenly! Definitely must give this a try!

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5 Devi @ Diddles and Dumplings April 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

This sounds amazing!!

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6 Kate@Diethood April 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Ooooh this sounds so crazy gooooood! That is one beautiful pizza. I want to make it now… I have everything, but queso fresco cheese… I’m gonna try it with some feta instead. :)

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7 Katrina April 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

This pizza is so unique! I love what you did with the sauce. Yum!

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8 Gwen~healthymamma April 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Oh holy goodness! I am in love with this. Must make right this minute, o.k. maybe next week after I go grocery shopping.
Man, chipotle cream cheese pizza! YUM-ME!

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9 Maris (In Good Taste) April 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

It is so nice that you have a traditional pizza night. Wish I was at your home for this one!

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10 Parsley Sage April 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Outstanding! Love the sauce. Cream cheese on pizza just sounds incredible :)

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11 Nancy@acommunaltable April 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I love Friday night as pizza night!! It was a tradition in our house until sports became the Friday night activity. Hopefully, it will return this summer though and when it does, this will be one of the first pizzas I will make!!

Love the idea of a more spreadable cream cheese so will definitely be on the lookout for this in my local market!

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12 Belinda @zomppa April 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I can see why this brings great excitement – it would for me, too!

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13 yesim April 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

looks awesome!

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14 Dmarie April 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

thanks for this. I have a tub of the stuff in the fridge now but wasn’t sure what to do with it!

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15 Pretend Chef April 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

This pizza sounds incredible. I think this would be a hit in our household as well. Looks like a prize winning recipe!

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16 Nichol April 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

YUM! I am head over heels in love with the Cooking Cream. I have two recipes on my blog using it. This looks absolutely amazing. My family would really enjoy this.

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17 HeatherChristo April 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

gorgeous. you just inspired dinner tonight.

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18 sippitysup April 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

You have such amazing creativity! GREG

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19 Tracey April 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Pizza is pretty much my favorite meal ever, especially when it’s homemade. Love this variation Dara!

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20 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

omg this is fabulous! Your site is so awesome!

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21 Jessica @ How Sweet April 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

This sounds absolutely delicious right now!

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22 Paula (Salad in a Jar) April 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I’ll be on the look out for this creme. Sounds fabulous and so versatile. I have several recipes where I used to warm the cream cheese and add milk to make a sauce. This would be the perfect substitute.

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23 Lora @cakeduchess April 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Gorgeous pizza!I must make this soon. We do pizza night every Friday. MIL has been covering it the past month, but when she goes back to Italy…this is 1st one I will try:)

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24 DessertForTwo April 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Yum!
I tried to make mac ‘n cheese last night with chipotle, but I found the chunks didn’t dissolve and stain the whole mess orange like I wanted it to. Next time I will use this cooking cream! Thanks :)

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25 Cookbook Queen April 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

This looks and sounds amazing!! Gorgeous photo….I WAY prefer white sauce pizza with chicken to traditional pizza, so this is perfect for me!!

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26 srithasan April 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Lovely Chicken Pizza which is healthy & nice meal.

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27 Katrina April 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

That looks delicious! We have pizza (everyone makes their own) a lot on Fridays! I love to switch it up with different kinds like this!

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28 Shelby April 20, 2011 at 4:06 am

I love this! The flavors are right up my alley….and I just bought some of that cooking creme to try out – I just haven’t decided exactly what to do with it yet! Thanks for the great pizza idea and the links!

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29 Jenny Flake April 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

Delicious with a capital D!! Love it Dara!

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30 Maria April 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

Great pizza toppings!

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31 Amanda April 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

Love southwestern style chicken, what an excellent idea for pizza!

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32 Elle April 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! Definitely a nice change of pace.

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33 Tracy April 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

My goodness this looks incredible! Definitely a pizza I need to try!

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34 Robyn | Add a Pinch April 21, 2011 at 7:08 am

This looks so delicious, Dara. We love pizza night around here, too.

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35 Katrina April 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Dara—I just made this for dinner (with a few minor adaptations), but it was SO good! Thanks! (It was a little spicy for me, wish I would have only put in half an adobo pepper, but my husband likes things really spicy.) I used ground turkey breast and didn’t have queso, so I just used a mixture of cheddar and mozz.

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36 Shaina April 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Love seeing how you used the cooking creme as a pizza sauce component. Looks fantastic!

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37 Ellen May 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

This was delicious! I used an 8 oz container or regular cream cheese with 1/4 c veggie broth and it melted perfectly. Also omitted the beans and added fresh spinach and red onion. Very tasty and a nice twist on pizza. The cream sauce was enough for me to make 3 medium size pizzas.

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38 Dan May 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

Oh yum. That looks incredible.

Bonus: A bit of an advertising Fail:

immediately under the pizza with cream cheese sauce recipe was a weight-loss ad. Whoops!

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39 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks for letting me know that, Dan. I’ll be emailing the ad network.

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40 Serene September 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

We liked the plain flavor, but not the others, so I think starting with the plain was a good move on your part. :-) The pizza looks great.

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