BBQ Chicken Pizza

I can’t believe that it is already Wednesday! Why is it when you don’t have to go to work, time just flies by?! I’ve been rather unproductive these last couple of days. Aside from me and Hubs cleaning the house and doing lots of laundry, I haven’t accomplished much, but I needed the break!

We love to make homemade pizzas on the weekends in this house. We usually do the same few, but I’ve been getting sick of “the usual”. Back when Hubs and I got married, we had our rehearsal dinner at this amazing pizza place called The Red Grape in Sonoma, CA. It was SO SO good! We had all different types of pizzas and everyone could eat whatever they wanted. One of the pizzas was a BBQ chicken pizza. You’ve heard me say many times now that I am not a big fan of buffalo sauce or BBQ sauce, but I really enjoyed the BBQ pizza! So, this pizza is my own version that was also pretty yumtastic. I really loved the sweet and tangy flavor from the BBQ sauce and the crunch from the red onion! And of course, I covered my pieces in cilantro because, you know…cilantro makes everything better!

BBQ Chicken Pizza


  • 1 lb. pizza dough
  • 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Place the dough on the pan. Brush the olive oil on top of the dough and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Bake for about 8 minutes until the dough starts to turn a light brown. Remove from the oven.
  2. Pour the BBQ sauce onto the dough and spread evenly. Sprinkle the garlic and cheeses. Then add the chicken and red onion. Drizzle with more BBQ sauce if desired. Bake for another 8 minutes until the cheese has melted and the dough is browned on top and on the bottom*.

If the bottom of your dough is not browning in your pan, you can slide the pizza off the pan and directly onto the oven grate for the last 2-3 minutes so that the bottom will brown. You can also use a pizza stone to ensure more even cooking! I also recommend putting the pizza on the bottom shelf of your oven to get the bottom nice and brown, just make sure it doesn’t burn!

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  1. Looks wonderful! So great that you were able to recreate this at home…mmmmmmm.

  2. ha-yumtastic, I would say that it a great description of this wonderful pizza. Your picture sure does make me want to have a slice! Great balance of ingredients-well done!

  3. Mmm, love a good slice of bbq chicken pizza! Looks like a glorious pie, and I love the fresh cilantro! Now I crave pizza at 8:45am!

  4. THis looks soooooo good! I love baby rays BBQ too!

  5. WoW,,,BBQ chicken on pizza,this is Combo Looks so Yummy :)

  6. My sister bought a frozen bbq chicken pizza over for our recent movie night and I didn’t care for it much. Now your pizza I could dive into. I am not a big fan of bbq sauce either… but on pizza it’s a nice flavor punch!! I hope your week slow downs for you so you can “smell the roses”. Unfortunately I have come to realize that as we all get older time is relative and the days just fly by faster and faster. Now here we are in almost the middle of March and it felt like New Year’s Eve was just yesterday. Yes… I’m seriously old. :)

  7. Laundry and cleaning sounds pretty productive to me. I am not a fan of BBQ Chicken pizza but my husband sure is, he would love this. Your photos are great!

  8. I’m not a huge fan of BBQ sauce on pizza either, but this looks wonderful–a great flavor combination.

  9. We used to have a pizza joint down the street that made the most amazing bbq chicken pizza. Their secret weapon was salty cashews. People went crazy for them. Love your pizza!

  10. That looks like a slice I want in my tummy now! Absolutely delicious.

  11. Looks perfectly good and very tempting. We are not big eaters of pizza and its like once a while but after seeing your sharing, I am like can’t wait to make this for one round of pizza at home.

  12. This looks 100x better than those California Pizza one! I love all the cilantro – such a great flavor to compliment a little spice.

  13. Delicious! Who doesn’t love pizza, and love mixing it up with things like this! Looks amazing!

  14. Oh man, everything about this pizza would make my man so happy! And me… but it’s better if I make him think I’m only doing it for him, ya know? ;)

  15. Homemade pizza is almost the only pizza we eat anymore! I love tailoring it to our tastes. This one looks delicious!

  16. We make pizza all the time as well. So much better than from the many fast food quality pizza places out there! This looks so outstanding!

  17. This looks wonderful! We all love BBQ chicken pizza and I totally need to make this at home. Looks so easy to make – why wouldn’t I make it at home! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  18. Steph, this looks awesome! I would like a slice right now!

  19. Was heavily admiring the bbq pizza on our road trip – hunger was hitting our car in a big way and I couldn’t think of anything tastier! Looks delish…

  20. This pizza looks incredible!

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