Baking| No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza… Where Jim Lahey finds What Katie Ate!

No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza This was a pizza waiting to be made and I’m not sure what took me so long to get here. It’s a summer pizza, or maybe spring if that’s the season you are in. Light, crisp airy crust, minimum sauce and happy toppings! I’ve had Jim Laheys No Knead pizza dough bookmarked for ages, and then one day I read a post on What Katie Ate and there she had the most inspirational food flooding her beautiful blog. It was time for No Knead Pizza with Buttermilk Chicken.No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza I’ve read only good stuff about Jim Laheys No Knead Pizza Dough and the temptation was too much a few days ago. How luxurious can a foodie feel if she has a slow rising dough sitting out on the counter, made kneaded stirred together the previous evening. I hopped out of bed and raced to see if had risen… and of course it had!No Knead Buttermilk Chicken PizzaInspiration came from Katies delicious blog. That buttermilk chicken pizza stayed in my head for a few days. After stirring the pizza dough, I dunked the chicken in the buttermilk mustard mix to enjoy a slow overnight marinade. Love make ahead bits of recipes!! No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza The rest happened the next morning. I stirred up a a quick pizza sauce, trying to keep it minimalistic, enough to perk the base and chicken but not too overpowering. Just chicken on top is good if you use a pizza sauce like in Katies recipe, but since I had no sour cream, watercress, walnuts etc, I added some bell peppers and onions  … cheese of course!No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza Nom Nom Nom! Mr PAB declared this was the best one yet, almost like a wood fire pizza we had a while ago, one which has always been the benchmark for comparison. Great thin crisp crust, beautiful blend of flavours, delicious subtle chicken. Did I forget to tell you I pickled some red & green chilies the other day? They went on top as well! Even the ‘now threatening to be quite terrible‘ preteen munched them up as they weren’t too hot!No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza The vegetable vendor had packed me a bag of red and green chilies the other day, knowing how much I love vibrant colours. Got home and looked at my now almost empty bottle of quick pickled cucumbers that I made for the DB Dutch Crunch Bread or Tijgerbrood … the chilies could would go in there.No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza Snipped with my kitchen scissors in a matter of minutes, they were soon submerged in the mix of white vinegar, a dash of sugar and salt. They sat in the fridge and two days later we enjoyed nice tangy peppers. Makes a nice addition to sandwiches and wraps, and a great topping for pizza. Nice and zingy, mildly hot too! I sometimes smash a clove or two of garlic and throw it in!

[print_this]Recipe: No Knead Buttermilk Chicken Pizza
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Summary: Great thin crisp crust, beautiful blend of flavours, delicious subtle chicken... a wonderful light picnic pizza for spring/summer!

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour plus resting time

  • Dough Adapted from Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Pizza Dough {yields 4  X 10-inch crusts}
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup gluten
  • 3/4 tsp. instant yeast
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 11/4 cups + 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Topping
  • Buttermilk Chicken {Buttermilk Chicken from What Katie Ate}
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of small half a lemon
  • 2 x 200g (average sized) chicken breasts
  • Bell peppers, onions, preserved chili peppers, fresh basil
  • Pizza Sauce
  • 3-4 medium tomatoes
  • 100ml tomato puree
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried herbs
  • Red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Olive Oil


  • Dough
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast, and salt. Add water and stir until blended (the dough will be very sticky). Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 12 to 24 hours in a warm spot, about 70 F /21C.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle the top with flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into 3 or 4 balls, depending on how thick you want the crust. Generously sprinkle a clean cotton towel with flour and cover the dough with it. Let the dough rise for 2 hours then use as required.
  • Buttermilk Chicken:
  • To make the marinade, add buttermilk, Dijon mustard and lemon juice into a medium-sized bowl, season with salt and pepper whisk together to combine. Remove excess fat from the chicken breasts and cut the chicken crossway into ½ cm thick strips.  Add the chicken to the marinade, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight
  • After chilling, cook chicken pieces on a hot griddle pan until almost cooked through. Keep warm.
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Saute onions, garlic, fried herbs and red chili flakes in olive oil till fragrant.
  • Blend the tomatoes and tomato puree together to a smooth sauce and add to above
  • Add the balsamic vinegar and pinch of sugar, season with salt and pepper and simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes till most of the liquid has evaporated and it yields a thick sauce.
  •  Cool and blend to a smooth puree. Adjust seasoning if required, add fresh basil and reserve until required . {Can be made a day or two ahead}
  • Pre heat oven to 250C
  • To assemble the pizzas
  • Roll out dough to your desired thickness and place on pizza stone or baking tray
  • Brush the bases with extra virgin olive oil and divide sauce evenly over both pizza bases and spread out leaving a 2cm border around the pizza edge {I like keeping the sauce to a bare minimum in summer}
  • Top pizzas with pre-cooked chicken strips, bell peppers, onions, preserved chillies, fresh basil. Top with grated mozzarella.
  • Bake until base is cooked through {20-25 minutes in my oven}.
  • Note: You can skip the chicken for a vegetarian version of the pizza. Mushrooms, sweet corn, cottage cheese cubes would work well.


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • Love this vibrant post with colorful photos! Beautiful beautiful pizza… I can never get enough of homemade pizzas :)
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  • 3 years ago

    A fantastic pizza! Beautiful looking and so mouthwatering.



  • what katie ate is one of the most beautiful blogs!! love love home made pizzas.. just one question.. in the dough you’ve used 1/4 cup gluten… what exactly is that??? beautiful clicks as usual!!
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    • 3 years ago

      Hi Sarvani. ‘Gluten is the natural protein found in wheat. It contains 75% protein. A small amount added to yeast bread recipes improves the texture and elasticity of the dough’. We don’t get bread flour here, which is why I add it. You can make dough even sans gluten.

      • Shweta
        3 years ago


        Where does one find Gluten in India? I haven’t found stores that stock them in my city? Is there an online resource that I can tap into ?

  • 3 years ago

    Loving the pizza and the jar of chillies is ACE!
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  • 3 years ago

    Incredibly delicious! I really like Jim Lahey recipes.
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  • 3 years ago

    I wont mind having few slices rite now.
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  • Gisele
    3 years ago

    This is like the one my husband is looking for.. I just hope I can make this on my own.. Anyway, thank you for the big help here..

  • Crystal
    3 years ago

    I’m sure its a delicious kind of food..I really want to try it thanks for sharing..
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  • 3 years ago

    Of Course, the pizza looks the best. The sauce is even more enticing.
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  • 3 years ago

    The pizza sounds and looks so good. The base is so easy to create! Definitely must try out….
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  • 3 years ago

    fantastic pizza!..great combination….i love the pickled chillis too….so nice!

  • 3 years ago

    Looks Pretty and Absolutely Appetizing!
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  • RecipeNewZ
    3 years ago

    What a beautiful pizza! And the shots are so colorful and vibrant. You are brilliant, Deeba!

  • 3 years ago

    OMG, mindblowing Pizaaa, lovely clicks and Happy Toppings….

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  • Dimple
    3 years ago

    That pizza looks so delicious! would want to try it soon! thanks for sharing! :)
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  • 3 years ago

    Lovely pizza..looks so colourful and full of flavours. It is always a treat visiting your blog..interesting read, a visual delight and such great recipes one after the other.

  • Heidi19
    3 years ago

    Your Chicken Pizza looks delicious and it makes me want to dive in for a bite. I will surely try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • 3 years ago

    LOVE this pizza- looks SO good! The preserved chilis sound like an especially awesome topping!
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  • 3 years ago

    Pizza is always a hit in our household…Chicken pizza is a delight for everyone. I am sure my little girl will love this, minus the chilis for the little girl. Thanks!
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  • meenakshi
    3 years ago

    hello mam, i follow your blog regularly and have baked some of your delicious recpies. i have read in some of the posted comments ,some of your fans asking for from where to get instant yeast and gluten in delhi, recently i have found a shop in pahar ganj from where i have purchased mauripan instant yeast and gluten . the address of this shop is 3496, dariba pan,pahar ganj, near grand plaza hotel . phone no. 9310008680.. it is on main road opposite to shiela picture hall. they are supplying all baking mixes , icecream mixes, all kind of yeasts ,glutens. i hope my little contribution through your blog will help others.

  • meenakshi
    3 years ago

    thanks for publishing my comment . three question to ask regarding this recpie – first ,when to add gluten and olive oil, second should the water at room temperature or lukewarmand third on which rack of the oven should it be bake?

  • debbey
    3 years ago

    I made this pizza , it was delicious but the border was very hard and crunchy , what could be he reason please advice on this. One request ,do you know how to make Chicago style pizza( soft crust) which we get here in India. if you know please teach us that recpie also.
    Hope for the earliest reply.

  • 3 years ago

    Can you sub in 1/4 bread flour then? Instead of gluten?

  • 3 years ago

    wonderful pizza! Amazing photos! Greetings from my kitchen!
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  • 3 years ago

    It can be a pizza for any occasion. I would like to bake my own pizza for our family picnic. I will try your recipe because your recipe looks scrumptious.

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