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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  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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