BBQ Chicken Pizza: Let’s Switch Things Up A Bit

One thing I love: pizza, obviously. But I don’t love every kind of pizza. What I really love is homemade pizza. It’s fresher, healthier and…cheaper. Duh. But sometimes you need to switch things up a little from the original. Aka if you’re getting tired of the same old, same old pizzas every week {yes, we do have pizza once a week at my house. And you really should be, too…} then put a little twist on your pie this week – in the name of this barbecue chicken pizza recipe!

Start by whipping up a batch of this pulled chicken in your crock pot. Any leftovers will be great the next day as pulled chicken sandwiches for lunch! I love getting two meals out of one cooking session in the kitchen!

While that’s cooking {about two hours before you’re ready to bake the pizza}, you’re going to want to mix up a batch of this homemade pizza dough. Once it’s well kneaded, toss it in a bowl – NOT the metal mixing bowl – cover it with a cheesecloth and let it rise for two hours.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and let the pizza stone warm up inside the oven at the same time. When you’re ready, take the stone out, toss the dough and stretch it to fit the pizza stone. Use a pastry brush to apply olive oil over the entire crust and bake it until it’s golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.

When you take the crust out of the oven, it might still have some olive oil lingering, and that’s ok! Before you move onto the next step, brush the edges of the crust again with olive oil. Trust me, this is totally key to getting a savory crust!

After you’ve pulled the chicken into pieces, start adding it to your crust. The sauce from the chicken is going to be your pizza sauce – so don’t for get to add a liberal amount of that to your pizza pie! The amount of chicken you add is totally dependent on your taste – experiment with it until you get a combination you love!

Now cover it in mozzarella – lots and lots of cheese is a GOOD thing! Bake for about ten minutes, until the cheese is melted to your liking. Remember, the cheese isn’t going to look the same on this pizza when it’s done as it does on a tomato sauce pizza. Once it’s bubbling, it’s done.

And there you go! A fantastic bbq chicken pizza that the whole family will love. Just a note: I used an entire batch of pizza dough on this particular pizza because the hubs likes a thick crust on his pizza. But sometimes I do take off 1/3 of the dough to make breadsticks – or save it for a flatbread later in the week. And that 2/3 batch of dough is my favorite amount for a great pizza crust. Test it out and see what you like!

What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Tell me in the comments below!

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  • Kim January 16, 2013, 9:57 pm

    I’m obsessed with flat bread pizzas at the moment! They keep popping up at restaurants all over and I always try them. I found some lavash bread at the grocery store and am now trying to recreate some from the restaurants. The only one I’ve done so far was just a white garlic one but it was good. I love the crackery crisp crust!

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    • Cortney January 17, 2013, 3:43 am

      Oooh I love that lavash bread! Also good for a quick flat bread: the flat out bread. I know they sell it in the bakery section endcaps AND in the bread aisle at the Super Target. I love it with some chicken, a raspberry jalapeno sauce and some fresh cheese, baked for like ten minutes. Amaz-ing!

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  • Ghislain Poirier May 19, 2014, 3:28 am

    I always make my own Pizza Dough, but I will try this pizza for Sure.
    Thanks for the recipe.
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