Why not try this delicious homemade pizza with a Japanese twist? Tender chicken thigh fried in classic Japanese teriyaki sauce served on takeaway style pizza dough with onion, sweetcorn and a drizzle of creamy mayonnaise!
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Pizza in Japan
There's no doubt that pizza is one of the most loved foods in the whole world and in Japan? Of course we love pizza too! In fact, they're pretty expensive and considered a bit of a luxury.
Pizza was introduced to Japan after the 2nd World War, but it was pretty rare because many restaurants didn't have ovens. As the years went by, mini oven toasters became more popular in Japanese homes and supermarkets started offering frozen pizzas that you can heat in the toaster.
The popularity of pizza grew and grew and by 1985, Dominos opened their first delivery pizza shop in Japan located in Ebisu, Tokyo. There are now over 600 Dominos Pizza in Japan!
Popular pizza toppings
The three most popular pizza delivery shops in Japan are probably Domino's, Pizza-la and Pizza Hut. Pizza-la is a Japanese company and typically has more unusual toppings to suit Japanese tastes, but Domino's and Pizza Hut also have their fair share of unfamiliar toppings too.
Have you ever ordered pizzas in Japan? Or have you ever looked at delivery pizza menu in Japan?
We surely have some toppings that you've never seen before such as:
- Teriyaki chicken pizza
- Mochi cod roe pizza
- Cod roe seafood pizza
- Yakiniku pizza
- Tuna potato pizza
It's also common to offer limited edition pizza with seasonal ingredients, for example pizza with eel in summer or crabmeat in winter etc. Check out Pizza-la's menu if you want to see more examples!
What is “Teriyaki”?
Teriyaki sauce is often used for chicken and fish (often yellowtail is used in Japan) but of course you can use the technique for anything!
Teriyaki Sauce is Simple to Make
Teriyaki is extremely tasty, yet quick and easy to make. In fact, I never buy premade sauce because I always have the ingredients to hand, there's really no need to buy premade sauce. Homemade teriyaki sauce is the best anyway!
Teriyaki on Pizza?
I know it sounds a bit strange, but honestly, teriyaki chicken pizza is definitely one of the best Japanese pizza creations!
We replace the classic tomato pizza sauce with teriyaki glaze, then top it with cheese, chicken thigh, onion, sweetcorn and mayonnaise.
The first step is to pan-fry the chicken in homemade teriyaki sauce. I then remove the chicken from the pan and drizzle the leftover sauce over the pizza dough! It's quick and easy, there's no waste!
Homemade Pizza Dough
In my recipe, I've included how to make a delivery style pizza dough. Delivery pizzas are typically "New York Style" so thin in the middle with a fluffy and slightly chewy crust.
New York style pizza dough takes time and I've broken it down into two steps.
Step A requires 5 minutes of kneading and at least 3 hours of resting. (For the best results, after 3 hours I recommend storing it in the fridge overnight if you have time.)
Step B requires 15 minutes of kneading. If the dough has been stored in the fridge then you will need to let it reach room temperature before shaping, so take it out 1 hour before you plan to make your pizza.
Making your own pizza dough is definitely worth the time and effort, it can also be a fun activity to do with your family and friends.
Of course, it's optional and if you prefer you can use a premade pizza dough. (Just be aware that the baking time and temperature for the pizza itself will be different to my homemade one.)
Of course! Japanese people love to put their own twist on other cuisines.
According to the survey on Nifty News, most favourited pizzas in Japan are:
3. Bacon & Potatoes
4. Quattro formaggi (4 cheese)
5. Pesto Genovese sauce
6. Teriyaki chicken
7. Soft boiled egg & Ham
8. Shrimp & Mayo
9. Potatoes & Mayo
10. Mochi rice cake & cod roe
This article is from 2017 so it's probably changed since then, but you get the idea!
According to the survey on Nifty News, most popular delivery pizza chains in Japan are:
2. Pizza Hut（ピザハット）
3. Domino's Pizza（ドミノピザ）
4. Napoli no Kama（ナポリの窯）
5. Pizza California（ピザ・カルフォルニア）
6. Chicago Pizza（シカゴピザ）
7. Strawberry Corns（ストロベリーコーンズ）
8. Pizza Salvatore Cuomo（ピザ・サルバトーレ・クオモ）
9. Pizza Ten Four（ピザテンフォー）
10. Aoki's Pizza（アオキーズピザ）
Who needs takeaway pizza when you can make something more delicious at home? Let's try making our own pizza from scratch with a Japanese twist!Print