You don’t have to give up pizza on a low-carb diet. You can even spice it up with this Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Pizza recipe that uses a Fathead dough and incredibly flavorful toppings.
Buffalo chicken is one of my favorite things to eat. We make all kinds of things, like these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers, Buffalo Stuffed Chicken and Buffalo Chicken Wings with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Not only is it very low in carbs, it’s so flavorful.
If you like Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, you’re going to love this pizza. The sauce is mixed with juicy chicken thigh meat (you can also use breast, if you prefer). For pizza sauce, we use a low-carb blue cheese sauce. Then pile it up with chicken, and top with mozzarella cheese and onions.
It’s so tasty! Once it’s cooked and served, you’d be hard pressed to know that it’s low-carb. The flavors and the textures are all spot on.
Ingredients You’ll Need
For this pizza, gather the following ingredients:
For the crust
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cream cheese
- Almond flour
- Baking powder
For the pizza toppings
- Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- Blue cheese
- Red onion
- Shredded mozzarella
- Avocado, chopped for garnish
What is Fathead Dough?
The original recipe is a bit of an unknown, but it was made popular in the Fathead movie, a 2009 documentary that aimed to debunk the myth about the connection of a high fat diet, increased cholesterol, and heart disease.
That myth has since been successfully refuted, and you shouldn’t be worried about eating this pizza dough. It comes out so close to regular flour pizza dough that you’ll be shocked.
The Fat Head dough has a noticeably different texture from regular pizza dough, but if you didn’t know what you were eating, you likely wouldn’t even question if it was low-carb. The chewy, crispy, bread-like texture is pretty darn close to the real thing.
Whatever allows us to happily continue to eat pizza on a low-carb diet is good with me.
How to Make Fathead Pizza Crust
The more popular way to make this low-carb dough is to melt the cheese and form an actual dough.
Here are the steps to follow for this version:
- Melt the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese together in a bowl. You can do this easily in the microwave. Stir it together before starting. Cream cheese has a way of exploding in the microwave when it’s on its own. Microwave for a total of 90 seconds, in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.
- Add the flour, egg and baking powder. Stir it all together. Then knead it either by hand or in a food processor or stand mixer with the dough paddle. It takes about 3 minutes of kneading by hand to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Roll out the dough and put it on a baking sheet with a parchment paper lining. Do not use tin foil. It will stick.
How to Make Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Bake the crust for 8 minutes, or until dough becomes slightly golden on top. Then remove it from the oven.
Meanwhile, in a mix the chopped chicken thigh meat with Frank’s red hot sauce and butter in a pot over medium heat. Simmer for 5-10 minutes to heat through.
Mix the blue cheese and mayonnaise in a bowl until smooth. Spread the blue cheese sauce evenly on the dough. Top with the chicken, onion and mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 8 minutes, or until bubbly on top. Give it a few minutes to cool before sliceing. Garnish with avocado, if you like, and serve.
For a low-carb diet, you can’t get any better than this tasty pizza for movie night. You won’t even notice that it’s not a regular crust and all the flavor from the buffalo sauce and cheese is fantastic.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many carbs are in fathead dough?
The total recipe (1 pizza crust) has 1150 calories, 24 grams total carbs, 9 grams of fiber, and 93 grams of fat. That’s 15 grams of net carbs in the entire recipe.
There are 4 servings in the recipe. So each serving is 285 calories, 6 grams total carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 23 grams of fat. That’s just 4 net carbs per serving.
Can I make the pizza dough ahead?
You can make this dough ahead of time to save time when you are ready to make the pizza. You can even freeze it to use later. You need to complete all the steps to make the crust and bake it until it’s done, then thoroughly cool it. After that, you can store it in the refrigerator or freezer until you need it.
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Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Pizza
For the crust
- 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 160g
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese 30ml
- 1 egg beaten
- 3/4 cup almond flour 85g
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2.5ml
For the pizza toppings
- 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cooked and roughly chopped 225g
- 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce 60ml
- 1/2 tablespoon butter 8ml
- 1 ounce blue cheese 28g
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 30ml
- 2 slices red onion, halved and broken apart
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 55ml
- 1/2 avocado, chopped for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C).
- Combine the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese together in a bowl. Stir to incorporate. Microwave for a total of 90 seconds, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.
- Roll out the dough as thick or thin as you like. Put it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Poke the dough 5-6 times with a fork or knife so bubbles don’t form in the dough.
- Bake for 8 minutes, or until dough becomes slightly golden on top. Remove it from the oven.
- Meanwhile, in a mix the chopped chicken thigh meat with Frank’s red hot sauce and butter in a pot over medium heat. Simmer for 5-10 minutes to heat through.
- Mix the blue cheese and mayonnaise in a bowl until smooth.
- Spread the blue cheese sauce evenly on the dough. Top with the chicken, onion and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 8 minutes, or until bubbly on top. Garnish with avocado and serve.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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