Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza

I warned you yesterday when I posted No Knead Pizza Dough that I am officially on a flatbread kick. My mind has been consumed with all the delicious combinations I can put on top of that wonderful dough to knock it out of the park – and this first recipe is no exception.  Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack pizza made with Sargento Pepper Jack cheese is the perfect flatbread pizza for game night – it’s a real guy pleaser, and a Jamie pleaser too.

Brian tells me there’s some sort of NBA final coming soon. I wouldn’t know, because I don’t really follow sports. But I know enough to know that he’ll be begging me to make these for him and his buddies while they watch the game.

I’m feeling pretty prepared for that now, with the dough recipe I shared and my constant lust for different kinds of cheese. If you looked in my fridge right now, you’d see everything from Feta to Dubliner. I’m pretty much prepared for any cheesy recipe that strikes my fancy. So when Sargento Cheese asked me to partner up with them on some cheese-loving recipes, I didn’t have to think twice. I scoured their extensive recipe collection and stumbled upon Thin Crust Pepper Jack Pizza.

My idea of pizza heaven – cheezy, spicy, saucy. I headed to the market to pick up a few items including Sargento Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese.

I think you all know me well enough to know I can’t leave well enough alone – I played around with Sargento’s original recipe, adding some of my favorite ingredients to theirs. The outcome was knock-your-socks-off good! The recipe of course starts with the No Knead Pizza Dough Recipe. The addition of chicken made it hearty enough for my meat lovin’ man, and the spicy kick from the Pepper Jack Cheese and salsa made this heat lovin’ girl just as content.

Adding cilantro and dried oregano gave it just the right twist with Mexican influence to make this feel like more than just a “pizza”. If you wanted to really kick up the smokey flavor, you can also add cumin and chili powder. Trust me, after you start making your own pizzas, the boxed stuff just won’t do it for you anymore!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sargento; however, the opinions expressed are my own.


Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza

Yield: Serves 3 to 4


1 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
3 cups diced fresh red, yellow and green bell peppers (I used all red)
1 (13.8 oz.) tube refrigerated pizza dough (I used 1lb of homemade crust)
1/2 cup salsa (I used fresh salsa)
2 cups (8 oz.) Sargento® ChefStyle Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
Chopped cilantro or dried oregano (optional)
1 ½ cups cooked and shredded chicken


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes. Add bell peppers; sauté 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.

2. Meanwhile, unroll pizza dough onto a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray; press dough evenly to all edges of pan. Bake in preheated 425°F 8 minutes. 3. Stir salsa into cooked vegetables; spread over partially baked crust. Top with chicken and cheese.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Cut into squares; garnish with cilantro or oregano if desired.


- adapted from Sargento

68 Responses to “Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza”

  1. Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — April 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I’m dying for pizza right now and this sounds PERFECT. What an awesome spicy and cheesy combination!


  2. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — April 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    That flatbread looks perfect….not too thick, not too thin! And you through pepper jack in the combo, I’m sold!


  3. Nutmeg Nanny — April 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Such a delicious looking pizza! Would totally hit the spot on a Friday night :)


  4. Dennis — April 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Jamie this recipe is fantastic! Brian let me try the leftovers and I can’t wait to make it for my family!


  5. oh my gosh, this sounds heavenly!!! i love pepperjack :)


  6. krispcritter — April 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Flatbreads, thin crusts, and even conventional crusts can come out really well on pizza stones used on good 3-burner grills. Set the two outside burners to high, set the middle to medium, center pizza stone over middle burner, allow to reach 4-500 deg. Spray or coat BOTH sides of crust with olive olive oil, dust pizza stone with Semolina or corn meal, drop crust on stone and cook for 4-5 minutes until it starts to brown, knock down large bubbles. Add toppings, finish cooking until toppings are desired degree of melted or browned. Use a spatula or pizza peel to turn crust 2-3 times during cooking to evenly brown and avoid burning. Target has good $12 pizza stones; avoid overheating or fast cooling, it can crack stones. Denser stones work better. An old grill with ‘burnt out’ burners can heat to 5-600 deg quickly and cook quicker. If you have a brick oven or wish to make one, cooking times are 2-4 minutes. See http://www.fornobravo.com for ideas on ovens…also, some supermarkets now carry pre-made doughs in the bakery dept. and your breadmaker usually has a dough setting for mixing a good pizza dough. Plan on making a homemade dough a day in advance. You can freeze extras up to a week.


  7. Heather — April 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Even though I can’t get homemade pizza crust to work for me, and I’m stuck using the Pillsbury stuff or buying dough from a local shop, I LOVE making pizza at home.

    It’s so much better than buying the frozen ones and so much cheaper than ordering it out.

    I can’t wait to try this one out!


  8. Tina — April 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve been hooked on this Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for about a year now! I’ve tried their whole-wheat dough from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day and have made some wonderful (& healthy) pizza & focaccia. I start with a bit of minced garlic & olive oil. Then I have used anything from diced tomatoes or sundried tomatoes, to thinly sliced eggplant, artichokes, red onion and layer on some slices of fresh mozzarella. The possibilities are endless!!
    The Healthy Bread in Five also has gluten-free recipes.
    Next, I want to find out how to use sourdough starter in the bread recipes. Any help??
    Tina S.


  9. Vimitha — April 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Perfect yummy pizzas… Would love to grab the entire lot…


  10. notyet100 — April 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

    ummm delicious,..


  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Great topping combo! It has been too long since I’ve made pizza at home.


  12. I am on a huge pizza kick lately and must try this one! It looks delish!


  13. My pizza AND heat lovin’ man will love this!


  14. Erin A — April 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    This sounds great! I posted a BBQ Chicken Pizza the other day on my blog but NOW I want to try it with this crust! I love flat bread! Thanks for the recipe!!!!! :)


  15. Shaina — April 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Looks divine! I could go for a pizza night tonight. :)


  16. Tracy — April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’m kind of in love with this pizza. Definitely going to have to try it!!


  17. bridget {bake at 350} — April 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Tracy is kind of in love with this pizza….I am SERIOUSLY in love with this pizza! Any plans to come to Texas and make dinner in my kitchen? ;)


  18. Yadi I. — April 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    It’s your fault! I’m craving pizza now.


  19. Dave — April 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    The pictures and recipe look amazing! Even got the wine in the background.


  20. Courtney — April 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Gosh, all your pictures are so stunning. I loveee the colors of this pizza, just pops! Looks delicious as usual :-)


  21. Jaime {sophistimom} — April 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Oh, Jamie, I want this pizza right now.


  22. shirley@kokken69 — April 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I recently was crazy enough to lug back 2 bags of King Arthur’s artisan flour for pizza from US…. Looking for an awesome recipe for it and I think I may have just found one!


  23. Kate@Diethood — April 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I love your pizza… bell peppers, onions, salsa…brilliant!


  24. leslie — April 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Oh yum yum yum. THis is the perfect man sport watchin food!


  25. Katrina — April 9, 2011 at 3:05 am

    What a creative pizza! Love this.


  26. Maris (In Good Taste) — April 9, 2011 at 4:34 am

    What a gorgeous picture. Love this pizza


  27. Nancy @SensitivePantry — April 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Cheesy. Spicy. Saucy. I’m in. I like to grill my pizza crusts first. Mmm. I see this pizza in my future.


  28. Gourmet Cooking on a Dime — April 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    What great tastes to throw together! I am always looking for new combos for gourmet Pizza! Love your site!


  29. Aleida — April 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Sounds good but I’d want mine to be as mild as possible. I’m not a fan of spicy foods though my guy loves them so for him alone it’d be perfect.


  30. Liz — April 9, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Pepper jack cheese is my all-time favorite cheese — I actually plan to name my first dog after it! :) This looks delicious and simple, I’ve got to try it!


  31. grace — April 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    when it comes to pizza, the only thing more important than the crust to me is the cheese content. if i had my way, it’d be all pepper jack all the time, and lots of it! this is a fantastic creation.


  32. Taylor — April 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Looks delicious! Great pictures. I had flat bread pizza for dinner tonight and this is making me hungry for more. Thanks for sharing.


  33. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Although I don’t see our girls eating this due to the pepper jack, my husband and I could clean this up very quickly, for sure! What a fun pizza!!


  34. Stacey — April 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    So looking forward to making this recipe…only the directions don’t say when to add the chicken!


    • Jamie — April 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Oopsie! Thanks, I just made the correction!

  35. naomi — April 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Delivery please! If not, I’m a sports fan, but too bad for me you are in Ohio. :(


  36. Tickled Red — April 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Ummm…forget my previous post, I’ll take this. WOW! Seeing this at midnight is not helping either.


  37. Stacey — April 12, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent! Thanks for the great recipe!


  38. Alicia — April 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    This looks so delicious!! I love pizza, I’ve just mastered making the dough so now i’ve become a monthly dish!


  39. Memoria — April 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I love the idea of using pepper jack on a pizza! Your pizza looks amazing.


  40. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Yum… I love pepper jack cheese, and I think it sounds phenomenal on pizza. This is making me very hungry!


  41. Diana K. — April 28, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I cannot wait to try it! I’ve never used pepper jack on pizza, but it just sounds delicious enough to work :)


  42. Brandy H. — May 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Just made this for dinner and oh my. Oh my. Delicious. Mine didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as yours (I may have, um, not measured out the salsa, and it may have, um, cause the toppings to fall off while serving…) but it was so so good. The fiance requested it be put in the “keeper” pile!


  43. Laura — June 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I love this pizza! I was so easy to make and something different for Friday night, pizza night! Thanks for the great recipe.


  44. jennifer — July 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you so much for the dough recipe! It was super easy and fast and very delicious! I don’t think it will last up to 12 days in my fridge, because we have already eaten a HUGE chunk of it tonight and most likely will finish it off tomorrow…and we are just 2 people :) Thanks again


    • Jamie — July 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, it’s one of our faves!

  45. Saga cheese — July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Made some of this, mmmmm! I subbed in some Saga Gorgonzola (my personal favorite.)


  46. Lauren — December 5, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Spicy pizza with creamy cheese? Come to momma…


  47. Terry — January 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I love the dough – it’s perfect and I’ve tried dozens of pizza dough recipes. (Cranking up the oven and using a pizza stone add more yumminess.) We were underwhelmed by the pizza ingredients, though. Maybe it’s because I’ve spoiled my family with a thick and zesty roasted tomato sauce I make by the gallon and keep frozen for pizzas, but this salsa-based sauce seemed watery. I added tomato paste to thicken it up, which helped the texture but taste-wise it wasn’t quite what we wanted. However, using the pepper-jack cheese is delish, and I’ll use it again. Thanks!


    • Pam — July 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I can’t believe you posted about your “thick and zesty roasted tomato sauce” without giving us the recipe.

  48. Aubrey — February 21, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I made this pizza tonight and my hubby and I really enjoyed it. We will be making this again soon!! Thanks for the yummy recipe!



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