Inside: This Instant Pot buffalo chicken pizza recipe is the absolute best way to use leftovers in the Instant Pot! Even the pickiest families will love this yummy Instant Pot buffalo chicken pizza!
My family is filled with picky eaters. Absolutely filled.
“But I don’t liiiiiiiike it…” is heard pretty much every day.
And this mama is tired of it. Let me tell you.
But I just can’t bring myself to give up on foods that I actually enjoy…
How do we compromise?
I take some of my favorite foods, and turn them into kid-friendly recipes like this Instant Pot buffalo chicken pizza!
Do you have some leftover chicken that you don’t know what to do with? Is your pizza craving acting up and there’s no delivery available? Well, let me introduce you to the coolest invention of all time: the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Pizza
My favorite part about the Instant Pot buffalo chicken pizza recipe?
You can totally make this with leftovers.
No more reheating sad leftovers in the microwave and letting them get all mushy.
Turn them into something new with the Instant Pot!
This is how I normally use leftovers to help my picky kids:
Every Friday is “date night at home”. My husband and I make a fun dinner together after the kids are in bed and enjoy a meal in (relative) peace.
The leftovers from our date night meal become lunch on Saturday.
But I always re-purpose the leftovers!
Tips for cooking with leftovers
Leftovers are a great way to cut down on your grocery bill. They can also be healthier than buying the same thing at the store, since you’re purchasing fresh ingredients before they go bad and cooking with them right away.
Freeze leftovers in individual portions so that you don’t have to thaw out an entire dish just for one or two people (try using sturdy freezer bags). When it’s time to eat later, take out only what you need!
If possible, avoid reheating food by putting it back into a pan or oven; this will help preserve your meal’s nutrients and keep oils from degrading any more while heating up again. Instead of microwaving food straight from refrigeration, let it come to room temperature first and then heat it up.
If you’re reheating leftovers in a microwave, make sure the dish is cool before putting it in the microwave or using any sauces. And don’t overcook — that will destroy nutrients!
Would my kids love eating buffalo chicken like my husband and I did?
But they loooooove eating pizza!
So the Instant Pot buffalo chicken pizza is the perfect solution!
Ingredients you’ll need:
¾ cup buffalo sauce
4 pieces frozen leftover chicken, cooked
1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 white onion, sliced
You can make your own pizza dough if you’re feeling extra Martha Stewart-y today, but I like to keep it simple. I mean, they are leftovers, afterall.. 🙂
If your kiddos don’t enjoy these toppings, you can swap them out for their favorites.
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This leftover dish is delicious, and it only takes a few minutes to put together.
You’ll quickly become the coolest mom ever for making them homemade pizza. They won’t even realize you’re cooking leftovers!
So when you’ve got some tasty leftover chicken that needs something to spice it up, grab this buffalo chicken pizza recipe and you’ll be good to go!
- ¾ cup buffalo sauce
- 4 pieces frozen leftover chicken, cooked - we love to use our buffalo chicken but any cooked chicken will work
- 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 white onion, sliced
- Spread buffalo sauce inside cooker pot. Place chicken breasts on top of sauce. Set pressure cooker to high for 10 minutes.
- While chicken is cooking, heat oven to 350F, lay out pizza dough on pan.
- Quick release, shred chicken.
- Spread chicken and sauce evenly over dough. Sprinkle onion and cheese over top of chicken. Bake at 350% for 10-12 minutes or following instructions for dough or until crust is crisp and browned.
Not into spicy? Sub out the buffalo sauce with spaghetti sauce for a simple chicken pizza.
And don’t forget… If you aren’t making this super delicious Instant Pot pizza right this second, you’ll definitely want to pin this post to save it for later!