Every single year I look forward to the start of peach season. Let’s face it, everyone has their favourite when it comes to seasonal fruit. Peach season is, by far, my favourite.
When we’re out visiting all the farm stands and farmers markets during summer I can always be counted on to be the first one to spot fresh Ontario peaches. Before I even pick up a basket, or ten, I’m imagining all the amazing recipes I’m going to make. Peaches are so versatile so the possibilities are endless.
What I adore about peaches is they work in both sweet and savoury recipes. They lend themselves perfectly to both, which makes them a stand out star in my book.
Most people focus so much on the sweet recipes they can make with peaches. Things like peach cobbler, peach crisp, peach crumble, and peach dessert bars. Peach pie makes me swoon! I’m not going to lie, I absolutely LOVE all of those recipes. In fact, I will make each at least 3 or 4 times during our local peach season. Often times I make extra to freeze for winter.
Even though I have a monster size sweet tooth, I also really dig a great savoury peach recipe. Seriously, if you’ve never thought outside the basket you are missing out. You can make a multitude of savoury peach recipes. They pair beautifully with beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish, and most seafood. My favourite pairing is chicken and peach.
For today’s recipe, I made a simple grilled peach and chicken pizza. The whole thing comes together very quickly. It’s so easy to make and the perk is it can be baked in the oven too.
So, don’t shy away from this because it’s grilled. Bake it. Or grill it. Whatever you do make sure you make a double batch because your friends and family are going to devour this pizza.
This grilled pizza recipe is incredibly easy to make. The smokiness of the chicken combined with the sweetness of the peaches is a combination that will make you do the happy dance!
- Pizza dough (you can buy prepared dough or use frozen bread dough for the base)
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 tbsp (30 mL + 30 mL) olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) barbecue sauce (we used a peach sauce)
- 2 Ontario peaches, sliced (or Ontario nectarines)
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) pizza sauce
- 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) pizza mozzarella
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
- Preheat grill or oven to 400 degrees F. If using a grill you need to have an indirect side to cook the pizza on. This means you will have one side of your grill turned off but the internal temperature should read 450 degrees.
- Before you start your pizza you need to cook the chicken and peaches on the grill first.
- Brush chicken with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If using indirect heat cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side. If using direct heat cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and use two forks to shred chicken. Pour barbecue sauce over top of pulled chicken and mix well. Set aside.
- Brush peaches with olive oil using a clean brush (do not use the same brush you used for the chicken). Place each slice on the grill. If using indirect heat cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, if using direct heat cook for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
- Crank the grill up to 450 degrees F.
- Spray a pizza pan (preferably with holes in it) with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Use whatever dough you're comfortable working with. Hand stretch it or roll it out so it's the size of your pan. Carefully fold it in half then half again so you can transfer it to the pan. Use your hands to smooth and press the dough into the pan.
- Spoon sauce over top of the dough. Sprinkle cheese over top. Arrange chicken and peaches over top of the cheese.
- Place pizza pan over indirect heat. Cook for about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on how well done you like your crust and cheese. Remove carefully from the grill.
- Top with fresh basil leaves. Slice with a pizza wheel or rocking pizza cutter. Serve with a big old peach loving smile.
You can use rotisserie chicken for this if you like. It saves time. You don't have to cook the peaches first if you don't want to. I like a bit of char on mine for a nice smoky flavour. Feel free to drizzle extra peach sauce over top of the pizza. If your grill is on the smaller side, you can use heat-proof bricks on the grill grates to elevate your pizza a bit and allow it to cook evenly. I do this often. You can also use a pizza stone. If you're using an oven the same temperature and time applies. This is because cooking over indirect heat turns your grill into an oven, which is perfect for summer.
Kim is the creator behind the blogs Cravings of a Lunatic and Kiss My Smoke. She lives in Ontario with her hubby, two hooligans, and a vast assortment of furkids. She splits her time between grilling and baking, when she’s not glued to Netflix rewatching The Walking Dead, again and again.