Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Change up your Friday night pizza routine with this Barbecue Chicken Pizza. The crust is slathered in BBQ sauce and topped with sliced chicken, red onion, cilantro, and gouda cheese.
Really, I should have been making pizza all winter because having the oven set to 550 degrees F sure warms the house nicely!
One thing I’ve learned as a mom of a picky kid is that his dislike of x, y, or z isn’t going to stop me from enjoying it myself. In fact, I think that attitude will probably help him in some ways.
He’ll see that we’re still eating it despite his dislike of it, however unfounded that “dislike” is, since most times it’s something he hasn’t tasted. It’s a very slow process, but I’m not going to let it stop me from enjoying what I love.
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- 1/4 c warm water, about 110 degrees
- 1 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast
- 2/3 cup water, at room temp
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 c bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 bunch cilantro (leaves only), chopped
- about 1/3 cup Sweet Mesquite barbecue sauce
- 10 ounces Gouda cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup red onion, very thinly sliced
For the Pizza Dough
- Measure warm water into a medium sized bowl or measuring cup (with at least a 1 c capacity).
- Sprinkle the yeast over water and let stand 5 minutes. Add the room temperature water and oil and stir to combine.
- Place the flour, salt, and oregano in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle. Briefly combine the dry ingredients at low speed.
- Slowly add the liquids and continue to mix on low until a cohesive mass forms.
- Stop the mixer and replace the paddle with the dough hook. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes.
- Form dough into a ball and put in a deep oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap.
- Let rise for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until dough is doubled in bulk. Press the dough to deflate. On a flour dusted surface, roll dough out.
To Make the Barbecue Chicken Pizza
- Place a pizza stone on the upper middle rack of your oven.
- Preheat oven to 550 degrees F for at least 45 minutes before you intend to bake the pizza, this helps the stone get nice and hot.
- If you have a pizza peel, flour that heavily, and assemble the pizza on that so you can transfer it to the pizza stone. If not, have everything ready to go, then remove the stone (carefully) and assemble the pizza directly on it before putting it back in the oven.
- Slice the chicken into 2 inch strips. Season however you like. I like to season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
- Saute in olive oil over medium high heat until cooked through and lightly browned. Set aside.
- Spread a thin layer of barbecue sauce on top of the unbaked pizza crust, leaving about an inch border from the edge.
- Sprinkle the onions and cilantro over the sauce, followed by the chicken and cheese.
- Bake at 550 degrees F for 8-12 minutes, depending on how crispy you would like your crust.
For best results make sure you use a HOT oven. I crank mine up to 550 degrees F (as hot as it goes). Preheat the oven with the pizza stone for at least 30 minutes before cooking the pizza.
For more tips, check out my Tips for Totally Awesome Pizza at Home.
Recipe adapted from This Week for Dinner and Cook's Illustrated.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 349 Total Fat 20g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 8g Protein 26g