BBQ Chicken Pizza

Does anything scream “summertime” more than barbecue? Although this is using barbecue sauce is a fairly non-traditional sense I find this recipe irresistible. Plus pizza, of any kind, is fun to make at home because you can include any toppings you like.

This recipe is very simple in the ingredients it contains, but it packs a big punch in regards to flavor. Smoky barbecue sauce, ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese, mild red onions, and grilled chicken create such an amazing combination it is hard to stop at just one piece! I used leftover grilled chicken so it was even easier; you can also substitute pre-cooked chicken from the grocery store such as rotisserie chicken.

Recently I have started experimenting with homemade pizza dough. I ADORE the whole grain crust that you can purchase pre-made at the pizza department at Whole Foods…but holy moly it is expensive when you make pizza as often as I do. I began thinking, and decided that I was talented enough in the kitchen to embark on a pizza crust experiment. I began by using the pizza dough recipe from the Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) “Food From My Frontier”cookbook that my husband got me for my birthday; to be honest I need not look further for a more perfect crust. Its so simple, so low maintenance, so crispy when it bakes up, and can keep in the refrigerator for days! Who knew a simple combination of flour, yeast, salt, water, and olive oil could be so comforting? Now that I have mastered the all-purpose flour version I want to experiment with whole grain crust too. (Also it costs just pennies to prepare)

Getting hungry yet?

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust (pre-made or homemade)
  • 1/2 c. barbecue sauce
  • 1-1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. grilled chicken, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Thinly slice the red onion and cut chicken into bite size pieces.

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Roll out pizza dough to fit your pan. I just used a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. I don’t stress about making the pizza crust fit perfectly; it looks more homemade and rustic when its free form. (My favorite part is the crunchy cheese that gets stuck to the edge of the crust)

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Use a spoon to smooth barbecue sauce over the crust leaving a 1 inch edge.

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Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the barbecue sauce and evenly disperse the red onion and grilled chicken over cheese.

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Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and crisp on the bottom and the cheese begins to bubble and brown on the top of the pizza. Cut into pieces and serve!

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