Pizza is arguably one of the world's greatest foods. But as we bite into a piping hot, gooey slice, we can't help thinking, "If only this darn pizza crust weren't getting in the way of all this cheesy, tomato-y, veg-and-meat-laden goodness." Sometimes the crust is tasty, but more often than not it's dry, burnt, too crispy, too chewy, or just plain bland.
Well, the good folks at KFC have come up with a solution: ditch the traditional pizza dough crust entirely and replace it with a piece of flattened, deep-fried chicken. "All chicken, no crust," is the tagline for this mashup, called the Chizza. The fried chicken is topped with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, and toppings like ham and pineapple, along with a drizzle of special "cheese sauce."
If you want to get your hands on one, you're out of luck at the moment; it's currently only available in Asia. But you can recreate this fried chicken-and-pizza wonder in your very own home, thanks to this how-to video:
Of course, this isn't the first time a fried chicken mashup has ruffled feathers in the food world.
Years ago, KFC introduced the Double Down, a bacon-and-cheese sandwich that replaced the bread with two fried chicken fillets (and even merited a review in the New York Times). It then rolled out the Double Down Dog, which is not a fancy yoga pose but a cheese-covered hot dog served in—you guessed it—a piece of fried chicken molded into a bun.
Not one to let a good mashup opportunity go to waste, Taco Bell decided to one-up KFC's fried chicken madness. It recently introduced the Naked Chicken Chalupa, a concoction filled with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and avocado ranch sauce that swaps out the traditional crispy tortilla with…take a wild guess…a fried chicken taco shell.
And Domino's created the Specialty Chicken—a crust-free "pizza" that features lightly breaded pieces of chicken as the base—back in 2014. It's still on Domino's menus today.
And so the fried chicken mashup wars rage on. We're just waiting for Dominque Ansel to get in on the action.
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