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Chicken, radish and goat cheese flatbread

Chicken, radish and goat cheese flatbread | www.ricottaandradishes.com

This might seem like a strange topping combination. Chicken and goat cheese, sure, but radishes on a flatbread? It’s a little unexpected because radishes are usually used raw, but it totally works!

The idea came from a haphazardly thrown together batch of nachos I made a few nights before. We had leftover rotisserie chicken that needed to be used up along with half a bag of tortilla chips and some extra vegetables – namely radishes and watercress from this photo shoot.

It was a heavier dish thanks to the chips (can’t win ’em all), but the combination of chicken and radishes was really tasty so I wanted to try it out in flatbread form.

Chicken, radish and goat cheese flatbread | www.ricottaandradishes.com

I used a store-bought, pre-baked whole grain flatbread for this recipe for the convenience factor. You could also use an extra-large pita, pizza crust or naan for this recipe. The point is that it’s a quick weeknight dinner that’s reminiscent of pizza without being loaded in cheese (like my nachos!).

The sprinkling of watercress at the end is similar to how arugula is used on an Italian-style pizza – a classic topping that adds nutrients and great flavour and texture. Just be sure to let the flatbread cool a bit before adding the watercress or else it’ll wilt.

And yes, this recipe features ricotta and radishes – a complete and total (but quite fitting) fluke! Really, they are a great pair – see these ricotta and radish mini bagels for another super simple take on my fave ingredient combo. Goat cheese is the starring cheese in this recipe, but the ricotta acts as a creamy, tangy base for the other ingredients.

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What’s your favourite unconventional pizza/flatbread topping?

Chicken, radish and goat cheese flatbread
A simple flatbread recipe featuring chicken, radishes and creamy goat cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 1 store-bought pre-baked flatbread (or pizza crust)
  2. 1 cup ricotta cheese
  3. 1 cup cooked shredded chicken
  4. 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  5. 1 small bunch radishes, thinly sliced
  6. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  7. 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1 cup watercress, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Place flatbread on a baking sheet and use a spatula to spread an even layer of ricotta on top; season with salt and pepper. Top with the chicken, goat cheese and radishes. Transfer to the oven and bake until crust is lightly golden and the goat cheese is softened, 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and sprinkle watercress on top.
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  • Nicole | Culinary Cool April 29, 2016, 1:28 pm

    I’m game to eat anything that contains goats cheese! Around here, we like use hummus, caramelized onions and roasted peppers on our flatbread.

  • Maria April 29, 2016, 4:47 pm

    Can’t wait to try your combo… Thanks for sharing :)

  • Isabelle @ Crumb May 1, 2016, 3:51 pm

    I love how you went a little outside the box with this flatbread. The toppings may be non-traditional, but they sound delicious together!
    I adore radishes, but for some odd reason, I never think to use them outside of salads or in sandwiches. Must try this out next time we’ve got some leftover roast chicken kicking around.

  • Sean May 1, 2016, 3:53 pm

    You know I always kind of ignored radishes as a kid (they always seem to show up in dry, unremarkable restaurant salads). But when I started growing them as an adult, I fell in love. There’s just so much you can do with them – and I LOVE the idea of mixing them with a nice salty punch of goat cheese. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything pizza-like. Awesome recipe!

    • Jennifer Andrews May 3, 2016, 11:09 am

      Hah – I felt the same way about radishes too until I started cooking and experimenting with fresh ingredients myself. Come to think of it, chain restaurant salads tend to ruin a lot of good ingredients :P

  • Cristina @ I Say Nomato May 3, 2016, 10:50 am

    This is such an interesting combo! Especially with the raw radishes, very interesting. My fav pizza is garlic fingers with donair sauce, an East Coast tradition! It’s based in sweetened condensed milk and sounds really weird, but it’s sooooo delicious.

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