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nashville hot chicken pizza oven recipe

Nashville Hot Chicken Pizza Recipe

Why isn't Nashville hot as popular as buffalo for pizza? It should be. I used a very small amount of pizza sauce for the base, whole milk mozzarella, homemade hot chicken, pickles, and then drizzled with some leftover spicy oil. The perfect combination of heat and tang.
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Pizza Style: New York
Oven Type: Home Oven, Outdoor Pizza Oven
Keyword: Chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Proof: 12 hours
Servings: 4 14" Pizzas
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  • 2 oz pizza sauce A homemade sauce from a can of high-quality whole tomatoes is really simple, but if you want a typical store-bought sauce, we prefer Rao's Homemade.
  • 7 oz whole fat mozzarella If using pre-shredded cheese, RINSE the cornstarch off and dry before using. This will create a much better cheese melt.
  • 330 g NY style pizza dough I opted for NY style so the crust would hold up better to the weight of chicken, however Neapolitan will also work.
  • Nashville Hot Chicken I used Josh Weissman's recipe.
  • Pickles Chopped, bite sized.
  • Spicy oil Drizzle (leftover from above chicken recipe)
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  • Flatten and stretch dough into 14" pies.
  • Prepare your pizza by ladling sauce onto stretched dough. Starting from the outside and moving inward, spread a light even layer of cheese. Evenly top with a healthy amount of Hot Chicken.

Indoor oven

  • Preheat to 550F for at least 30 minutes with pizza steel or stone on top rack. Turn on broiler, and let preheat another 10 minutes.
  • Using a pizza peel, carefully move pizza to oven and cook for about 6 minutes, watching closely for crust color and cheese burn. Avoid rotating when baking in home ovens as temperature loss from opening the door often does more harm.

Outdoor pizza oven

  • Preheat your Ooni (or other portable outdoor pizza oven) for 25 minutes. The oven should reach near 800F in this time. Place pizza in oven and cook for 2 minutes (+/- 30 seconds depending on color) rotating as needed.
    TIP: if using an Ooni Koda or another gas model oven, reduce the heat to low just as you place the pizza in; this creates really great crust color without burning the cheese too early. This may increase cook time slightly.

Finishing Touches

  • Let pizza cool for one minute on a wire rack/
  • Top with chopped pickles and drizzle with spicy oil; slice and serve.


If using an outdoor pizza oven, such as Ooni Koda, the baking process will only take a couple minutes max. If using an indoor oven at 550F, it will take closer to 5-7 minutes.