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Vegan “Chicken” Fajita Pizza

THIS RECIPE IS SPONSORED BY DAIYA | OPINIONS ARE MY OWN

Find a cheesy giveaway at the bottom of this post!

If you’re a regular at Killing Thyme, by this point you’re aware that October is National Seafood Month. However, on top of that, it’s also National Pizza Month (what!) and I’m incredibly stoked to take a wee break from seafood to bring you this impressively melty dairy-free Vegan “Chicken” Fajita Pizza that, to say the least, blew my pescetarian socks off.

First, let’s just acknowledge the fact that pizza is universally loved; pizza. is. everything. We order it to cure the blues and we order it to celebrate successes; you just can’t beat carbs topped with tangy tomato sauce and stretchy cheese.

Unfortunately due to dietary restrictions and food allergies, some folks out there don’t get to enjoy that indulgence.

Until now — because these ooey gooey Mozzarella Style Shreds from Daiya are dairy-free, plant-based, and daaaaaamn delicious.

Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza | Killing Thyme

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy vegan cheese.

I’ve encountered a few pescetarians over the past year who, like me, have vegan curiosities. For one, a lot of the pescetarian diet comprises vegetarian meals, and second, there’s just something fascinating about how folks have managed to create plant-based meat and dairy substitutes that come *so* close to the real thing.

This glorious mozzarella-style cheese is one of them.

Furthermore, those with sensitivities to dairy have been missing out for a long time due to lack of quality substitutions, and that’s just not fair. What kind of life is a life with no pizza? A life no one should have to live.

Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza | Killing Thyme

Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza | Killing Thyme

Daiya is cheesier than ever!

As the leading maker of plant-based food, Daiya is renowned for its scrumptious cheesy pizzas — all which are free of dairy, animal products, gluten, soy, and GMOs. Further to that, they don’t contain any cholesterol, trans fats, or preservatives. (Score.)

Along with Mozzarella Style Shreds, Daiya’s new line of cheeses from their Cutting Board Shreds Collection offers Cheddar Style and Pepperjack Style making them perfect for nachos, tacos, queso dips and, of course, pizza.

Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza | Killing Thyme

Vegan “Chicken” Fajita Pizza

This plant-based recipe passes every important pizza test: the fresh-out-of-the-oven test, the cold pizza test, the reheated pizza test, and the meat-eating husband test.

With a zesty salsa base, this pie is topped with a blend of fajita seasoned vegan “chicken”, red bell peppers, onions, and Daiya’s delicious Mozzarella Style Shreds.

AND IT’S SO GOOD!

Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza | Killing Thyme

Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza | Killing Thyme

And, if you’re pressed for time, Daiya also has a variety of frozen pizzas you can just pop in the oven!

GIVEAWAY!


TO ENTER: Comment below and tell me about the most impressive plant-based substitute or meal you’ve ever sunken your teeth into, and we’ll send you a handful of coupons for frozen Daiya pizzas!

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and you must be willing to provide a shipping address. (No PO Boxes.)

One winner will be chosen on Friday, October 13th.


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Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza

This Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza is smothered in zesty salsa, seasoned vegan "chicken", onions, bell peppers, and melty mozzarella-style cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mexican, Pizza, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Author Killing Thyme

Ingredients

  • 1 vegan pizza pie shell or your own homemade dough (most recipes + store-bought shells are vegan, but always check the ingredients.)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (add more to adjust heat to your liking)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Toppings

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, gutted and sliced thin
  • 8 oz vegan "chicken" You can find plant-based chicken substitutes in the vegan section of most grocery stores
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 tsp homemade fajita seasoning
  • 1 package of Daiya's Mozzarella Cutting Board Shreds

Garnish (optional)

  • Freshly chopped parsley or cilantro

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven according to the directions on the packaging of the pie shell you are using.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the spices for your fajita seasoning. Blend well, and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, add the onions, bell pepper, and vegan "chicken". Add 1 TBSP olive oil and 2 tsp of the fajita seasoning; toss until everything is evenly coated. Set aside.

  4. Brush the pie shell with 1 TBSP olive oil. Then, evenly spread 1/2 cup of the salsa over the pie shell. Once the salsa has evenly spread out, transfer the onion, pepper, and "chicken" mixture over the pizza, distributing it evenly over the shell. Finally, evenly scatter the cheese over the pizza.

  5. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust starts to turn golden brown and the cheese is nice and melty.

  6. Top with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro, if desired.

Vegan "Chicken" Fajita Pizza | Killing Thyme

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    diversivore
    October 14, 2017 at 12:39 am First of all - yes. Pizza IS everything. Pizza is life. It's just such a perfect food - and (as you've shown here) perfectly adaptable! I myself eat both chicken and dairy, but I'm frequently cooking for folks who can't have one or the other. I've kind of kept away from vegan cheese but if it melts nicely and gives me that gooey cheesy texture, I'd definitely give it a shot! As for my best plant-based substitute (which is also a meal), it'd have to be the incredible all-plant Chinese feast I had at a Buddhist temple in Taiwan. There was a lot of seitan, and it was... mind-blowing. So good.
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    Kimmy
    October 13, 2017 at 8:54 am I made a cauliflower crust Mediterranean pizza. It was a lot of work making that crust but so worth it!
  • Reply
    Elicia P
    October 12, 2017 at 1:21 am This one is tough.. I just found a new recipe for rice burgers. They were so good. I had to tweak them a lot as they called for cheese. It was so simple and I discovered I could throw in a bunch more things and it was still yummy. (found the recipe on Uncle Bens site)
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    Kelly mcgrew
    October 11, 2017 at 10:37 am I absolutely love vegan stuffed green peppers with tofu and beans and quinoa! The beeessstt!
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    Jyoti
    October 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm I’ve never tried any Daiya products but after seeing this recipe I want to give them a shot! The BBQ tofu at the Pit and the vegan chicken and waffles at Fiction Kitchen in Raleigh are so tasty. Even my meat-eating husband loves them. And Gardein’s chicken tenders are great too!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm Ohh, I had no idea The Pit had tofu on their menu! We haven't been in ages, I guess we need to rectify that. And gosh, I really need to hit up Fiction Kitchen! Maybe now that Nick has had a taste of more plant-based things I can convince him, haha. I love Gardein! <3333 The Yardhouse in North Hills has a LOT of their stuff on the menu!
  • Reply
    Ginny McMeans
    October 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm Yes! This is what I want today. Love your Mexican style spin and that 'cheese'.
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 10, 2017 at 9:39 am Thanks, Ginny!
  • Reply
    Dannii
    October 9, 2017 at 12:58 pm That is one good looking pizza. I love vegan cheese and it has come a long way in the past few years.
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 10, 2017 at 9:38 am Thanks, Dannii! And I agree. I remember trying it years ago and thinking it was a far cry. I love how determined these companies are, though. Daiya has nailed it, and the chick'n on this 'za was so similar to actual chicken!
  • Reply
    Lisa Bynum
    October 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm I'm not vegan, but your pictures have convinced me I need to give this a try. It looks truly delicious!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 10, 2017 at 9:37 am Thanks, Lisa! I hope you do. This pie turned out way better than I'd even anticipated.
  • Reply
    Chef Sous Chef
    October 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm Pretty pizza! Looks good.
  • Reply
    Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze
    October 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm I'm not fully vegan but I do enjoy eating that way and I had Daiya with my breakfast scramble this morning! :) They definitely get an A plus for the melt factor. I had no idea it was National Pizza Month but omg - now I WANT THIS PIZZA!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 10, 2017 at 9:35 am Same here, Jeni! Though my vegan curiosities are becoming greater and greater the vegan food I try. My gosh, it's so good! I'm also amazed at how many people had Daiya with their eggs before commenting on this thread, lol. Awesome. I think you should definitely treat yourself to this pizza this month ;)
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      Killing Thyme
      October 13, 2017 at 11:07 am Congratulations Jeni, you won! :) I'm going to find a way to contact you directly so that I can snag your mailing address.
  • Reply
    Willow
    October 9, 2017 at 11:52 am I have been vegan for 18 years, so Daiya is one of my go-to vegan products. My favorite is the jalapeno havarti. I have used it in a vegan quesadilla with apples. Delicious!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm I'll have to look for the jalapeno havarti! I love jalapeno cheeses.
  • Reply
    Kayley
    October 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm I absolutely love Daiya! I used some of their cheddar substitutes in my VeganEgg this morning. Another great plant-based substitute I enjoy is Gardein's fishless filets. They are delicious!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm I really want to try the cheddar! And YES. I'm so with you on Gardein's products. I haven't tried their fish fillets yet, but I've had their "beef" patties and a few chicken-y dishes and was pretty much blown away.
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    Samantha B
    October 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm One of the first vegan dishes I ever prepared was a vegan quiche using tofu instead of eggs and daiya cheese. Added spinach and broccoli as well. Delicious!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      October 9, 2017 at 6:04 pm That sounds intriguing! I'd definitely give that a go.

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