What the heck is a MEATza, you ask? It's a CHICKEN CRUST pizza, of course! No bread, no grains, just a meat-tastic mixture of ground chicken and veggies, molded into a perfectly-imperfect pizza crust shape. Hence: transforming pizza into a meatza!
Well, as you must know by now, Eat The Pizza is about much more than just eating the classic pizzas. It's about crafting once-in-a-lifetime pizzas and bringing new masterpizzas to life! It's about pushing the boundaries on what pizza means, what it means to be pizza, and what it means to EAT the pizza!
Basically, we gotta switch it up sometimes. The classic crust-sauce-cheese combo is just ONE of infinite pizza-bilities!
Also, Alyssia was in the middle of her Whole30 when we made this, which means no gluten, grains, dairy, added sugars, etc., etc... SO, we went caveman-style this week with a Paleo chicken crust pizza topped with potato & coconut curry! And this is our best low carb chicken pizza crust yet, if we do say so ourselves.
Watch our meatza episode to see how it's done and check out the full recipe below—because you DEFINITELY don't wanna knock this 'til you try it.
Strange-but-True Tidbits about this Strange-but-True Meatza:
- Although the meaty crust does stray from classic pizza tradition, the meat itself comes from a tradition waaaaaay older than any pizza: the dinosaur age. That's right, folks—chickens are technically dinosaurs! More specifically, chickens are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus rex. (As determined by researchers who extracted DNA from a fossilized leg bone and found it was VERY similar to chicken DNA.)
- We're definitely not the first to make chicken crust pizza on the internet, and we actually first encountered the genius creation in the grocery store. RealGoodFood Co. was one of the first to get into the chicken crust pizza game with their FROZEN mini meatzas, available in your local freezer aisle!
- And, chicken crust pizza is not the only kind of meatza out there... One of the craziest we've ever seen was crafted by a Chicago-based blogger, Real Deep Dish, who made a DEEP DISH MEATZA. It involved layers upon layers of meats: a woven lattice of bacon, 2 lbs ground sirloin, a layer of sliced mozzarella, a criss-cross of Italian sausage, all topped with crushed tomatoes and pepperoni, plus a sprinkle of parmesan. WOAH.
Meaty crust or not, does curry pizza seem weird to you? If so, you've probably never tried it, and you've probably never eaten pizza in Sweden! Sort of like Hawaiian pizza with a twist, banana curry pizza is actually a classic pizza in Sweden: smoked ham, pineapple, BANANAS, and CURRY sauce instead of tomato sauce (usually along with other popular toppings like peanuts).
Believe it or not, we saved the weirdest pizza of all for last: the Grand Prix Pizza with a Cookie Crust, from the South Korean pizza chain, Mr. Pizza. This insane pie starts with a cookie-dough-stuffed crust, that's sauced and cheesed, then topped with shrimp and sweet potato, and all served with a blueberry dipping sauce on the side!?! Mama Mia!
Hungry for more Paleo pizza recipes? Or just more weird pizza crusts?
Why don't you give these a try:
- Buffalo Chicken Pizza with Paleo almond flour crust
- Thai Curry Pizza with Paleo almond flour crust
- Mexican-inspired Whole30 pizza recipes with plantain crust & cauliflower crust
- Ultimate Keto Pizza with bacon crust
- Cool-as-a-Broccoli-Crust Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza
- New Year's Ramen Noodle pizza crust
- Poutine Pizza with French fry crust
- Breakfast Pizzas with waffle crust & biscuit crust
Not Just a Chicken Crust Pizza, But an Ancestor-Approved Meatza
Sure, this chicken crust pizza is weird and tasty and a fun way to change up the pizza routine. It's also a great option for high-protein pizza lovers and low-carb pizza freaks, or just all-around meat lovers.
BUT, let us be clear: this ain't just any old chicken crust pizza. It's made with ground chicken, grated veggies, and spices—but, unlike most chicken crusts, it's got NO cheeses, dairy, or grains of any kind! With just an egg and a bit of coconut flour for binding, it truly holds together like a meaty dream. So well, in fact, you can slice and eat it by hand!
Exactly the kind of pizza our Paleolithic ancestors would've eaten, and also totally Whole30 compliant. Try it with our potato & coconut curry, or top it however you like! Deliciously flavorful, protein-packed, and totally cavewoman-approved—we gotta say, it's our favorite Paleo pizza crust option yet.
Because cavepeople deserve to have their pizza and eat it, too.
Potato & Coconut Curry:
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded & diced
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2-3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cut into 1” cubes
- 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste (or chili paste)
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 lime, juiced
- sprinkle of chopped cilantro
Chicken Pizza Crust:
- 2 lbs ground chicken
- ½ cup carrots, grated
- ½ cup zucchini, grated
- ¼ cup finely diced onion
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil
- 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
- 1½ Tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1½ tsp salt
To make potato & coconut curry:
- Drizzle oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat and sauté onion, garlic, and jalapeno until soft, about 5 minutes. Add cumin, ground ginger, salt, and cinnamon stick and cook another minute.
- Add potatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, almond butter, and broth, stirring to combine. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender as desired.
- (Now’s a great time to start working on your chicken crust!)
- Once potatoes are tender, stir in coconut milk and simmer another 10 minutes, until thickened.
- Stir in lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro.
- Remove pan from heat and transfer to cooked chicken crust.
To make chicken pizza crust:
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all crust ingredients and mix until well-integrated.
- Divide mixture in half—this recipe will make 2 crusts! Save half for later, or make both now.
- Line a round pizza pan with foil and oil/spray with cooking spray. Press chicken crust mixture out onto pan in a circular shape.
- Bake 30-35 minutes, until browning on the bottom and completely set.
- Cool 5 minutes before removing from the pan and adding cooked coconut curry mixture on top.
- Option: Add toppings and return to the oven for another 10 minutes to set!
- Slice it up and eat the pizza!
Yields 1 clean, curry-tastic, ancestor-approved meatza.