Barbecue Chicken Pizza

I don’t make pizza nearly as often as I’d like. We all love pizza, but my husband tends to be a bit of a pizza snob. His pizza tastes are very particular and usually only met by one of a handful of local pizza places. He enjoys pizza when I make it from scratch, but it’s just not the same.

However, I think tonight’s pizza may have finally changed his mind. The crust has always been the issue with homemade pizzas. This crust turned out to be the perfect blend of taste and crispiness though. We all agreed that I should definitely add this to a regular, twice a month rotation. That is exciting for me!

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The barbecue chicken pizza toppings were a hit too, although they weren’t nearly as important as that crust.

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

For the crust:

  • 2 t. yeast
  • 2 t. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning, optional
  • 4 – 4 1/2 c. flour (I used 3 c. white flour and just over 1 c. whole wheat flour)

1. Let yeast and sugar dissolve in warm water in a large mixing bowl for about 5 minutes. Add olive oil, salt and optional Italian seasoning.ย  Slowly add the flour until completely combined and dough is no longer sticky. (I used just over 4 cups of flour to get to that point.) Knead for 5 minutes, place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour.

*Depending on how thin you like your crust, this makes enough for 2 large pizzas plus 2 small pizzas. The extra dough can be frozen.

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 1 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. each – allspice, crushed red pepper flakes, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder

Add everything to a small bowl and stir until combined. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before using to allow the flavors to blend.

For the toppings

  • 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, diced and crisped *optional
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced and caramelized (I cooked the onion in 2 t. of the bacon grease.) *optional
  • 1 c. frozen corn, thawed *optional
  • 2 c. shredded pizza blend cheese

To assemble the pizzas:

1. Roll out dough into desired sizes on thickness. Place on a baking sheet or stone dusted with cornmeal.

2. Spread barbecue sauce on top of the crust, leaving about 1/2 inch crust all the way around.p9069876

3. Top with chicken, any other desired toppings and cheese. Bake at 500 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

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For our pizzas, I set out all the toppings in little bowls and let everyone select what they wanted. I made two small pizzas for the kids and one large one for my husband and I to split.

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Everyone wanted bacon, my two youngest girls wanted lots of corn and my son and oldest daughter just wanted the chicken, bacon and cheese. My husband and I had onions, chicken, bacon and cheese. (I tried a bite of the girls’ pizza with the corn and it was really good!)

19 thoughts on “Barbecue Chicken Pizza

  1. Ohhh this looks yummy!!! Might have to give this a try!

    I am so glad to hear that my hubby isn’t the only bit of a pizza snob. ๐Ÿ™‚ My hubby loves my homemade pizza but is always complaining that it is salty. Haven’t quite figure it out either as to what is making it salty to him because the rest of us don’t think so.

    Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It’s one of our favs too with bottled sauce, red onion and fresh sliced jalapenos. It’s purely for us grown-ups, they get the pepperoni & sausage ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My husband and I love the California Pizza Kitchen frozen BBQ chicken pizza, and also the one at the Ultimate California Pizza restaurant. I’ve made my own version, which was similar to yours, but sometimes I add a combination of cilantro, pineapple and/ or garlic. It’s great no matter how you do it! The corn is a unique idea to add though, sounds great!

  4. This crust was WONDERFUL!! I used it for taco pizza and it was a SSSOOOOO good! When hubby approves, you know it’s good! I make bbq chicken pizza a couple times a month….will add bacon & corn next time =)

  5. Seriously I cannot thank you enough for this recipe. I have been trying and trying pizza recipes (as you have I am sure) and this IS IT! I made my own BBQ chicken pizza with this crust is THE BEST HOMEMADE CRUST YET! I loved it. My son (who is very picky) could not stop eating the pizza. Thank you so much for posting this. I actually did it in my bread maker and it still turned out wonderfully!

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