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BBQ Chicken Pizza

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What sounds good for dinner tonight? This mouthwatering BBQ Chicken Pizza can be on your table in less than an hour. Featuring an EASY homemade pizza crust, this delish pizza recipe is topped with tangy-sweet barbecue sauce, savory chicken, melty cheese, and spicy jalapeños. Better than take out, your family will love this pizza recipe.

Overhead picture of a pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza is Loaded with Big, Bold Flavor

Ask the kids “What do you want for dinner tonight?” Standard answer: “Pizza!” You know they expect you to pick up the phone and order delivery. Surprise them with this tasty twist: BBQ Chicken Pizza. Made with your favorite barbecue sauce, chopped chicken, and cheese, this recipe is so fun to make.

Even if you have never made pizza dough at home, you will perfect this recipe by following the instructions below. By using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, you only have to wait 10 minutes for the dough to rise. Just mix, knead, rise, and roll out for a tender, flavorful pizza crust YOU make yourself.

This is also a great way to get the kids in the kitchen to help.

overhead picture of pizza ingredients

Ingredients Needed to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza:

  • Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast – the one in the blue and yellow package
  • All purpose flour
  • Sugar + salt
  • Very warm water – between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Canola oil
  • Barbecue sauce – a thick variety works best, pick your favorite
  • Shredded cheese – we used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar
  • Cooked chicken – chop up a chicken breast, use rotisserie chicken, etc.
  • Red onion
  • Pickled jalapenos

For this recipe, we used Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast because it activates quickly with very little wait time. I have been using Fleischmann’s® Yeast for years. I can even remember my grandmother keeping it in her pantry for all of her baking. The reason I stick with it? I get consistent rise and the best flavor.

TIP: Be sure your water is very warm, but not too hot. If it is too cool, the yeast will not activate. If it is too hot, it will kill the yeast. I have found that running hot tap water works great.

Step by step pictures on how to make pizza dough

If you have never made homemade pizza dough before, this is a great recipe to start with. It is easy to follow and gives consistent results. Plus, this recipe can make either one 9-inch thick crust pizza or one 12-inch traditional crust pizza.

TIP: Feeding a crowd? This BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe is easily doubled. Just follow the pizza dough instructions then portion the dough into two balls before letting it rise. 🙂

How to Make Easy Pizza Dough + BBQ Chicken Pizza:

  1. First preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Position the oven rack to the lowest position. Lightly grease a pizza pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of the flour, one envelope of Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the warm water and oil and mix with a spoon until well blended (about 1 minute).
  3. Gradually add the remaining flour, stirring after each addition. Use enough flour until you have formed a soft dough.
  4. Next using your hands, form the dough into a ball. Knead the dough ball on a floured surface until it is smooth and stretchy, about 4 minutes.
  5. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  6. On a floured surface, pat and roll the dough out to a 12 inch circle. Carefully transfer the pizza dough to the prepared baking pan.
  7. Using your fingers, pinch the edges of the pizza dough to create a crust edge.
  8. Evenly spread the barbecue sauce on top of the dough, leaving 3/4 of an inch edge.
  9. Top with shredded cheese, chicken, red onions, and jalapenos.
  10. Finally, bake the pizza for approximately 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

This is such a gorgeous pizza, you’d be proud to serve it at a party, too.

If you don’t like jalapenos, feel free to leave them off. Or, you can use mild pickled peppers instead. For the cheese, we used a blend of mozzarella and sharp cheddar because that is what we had on hand.

TIP: This recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken. I like to chop it into bite-sized pieces and toss it in some of the bbq sauce before adding it to the pizza.

One of the best things about this BBQ Chicken Pizza (besides that fact it is easy to make at home) is that it takes very few ingredients. Most of them you probably already have.

More Recipes to Try:

Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe

Homestyle Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie

Once you get the hang of making your own pizza crust at home, you’ll be making pizza all the time. You can even make the dough ahead of time. Once you have the dough ball formed, wrap it in freezer-safe plastic. When ready to use, thaw in the fridge then let it rise at room temperature. Roll, top, bake.

Look at this gorgeous, golden crust. So tender, too. You can use this dough recipe to make breadsticks, too. Roll out, cut into strips, twist and bake for about 12-14 minutes. Brush with garlic butter and serve with your favorite marinara sauce.

Tips for Best Results:

  • Preheat your oven and move your oven rack to the lowest position.
  • Be sure you use all purpose flour (and NOT self-rising).
  • Check the expiration date on your yeast to make sure it is still good.
  • Keep your warm water between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Always use a thermometer to check the temperature.
  • Don’t overwork the pizza dough. Just knead it gently for about 4 minutes.
  • How do you “knead dough”? Fold, press gently, massage, repeat.
  • If using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, be sure to let the pizza dough rest for 10 minutes before rolling it out.
  • We used about 3/4 cup of barbecue sauce on our BBQ Chicken Pizza. Use more or less to your preference.
  • Other cheese varieties to try with this recipe: gouda, parmesan, gorgonzola.
  • Swap out the pickled jalapenos for mild banana peppers to bring down the spice level.
  • Sprinkle with fresh, chopped cilantro before serving for a pop of flavor.

You can find Fleischmann’s® Yeast in the baking section of your local grocery store. It is usually located near the baking soda and baking powder. It comes in packages of 3.

Fleischmann’s® has over 150 years of experience and is a quality product you can trust. Plus, nothing beats homemade. 🙂 Click here to visit their website for more baking inspiration and recipes.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Full of bold flavor and featuring an easy homemade pizza crust, this pizza recipe is sure to please.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ chicken pizza
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time for Dough 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 Slices
Calories 306.63 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour more or less until soft dough is formed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water between 120 – 130 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce thick variety, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked chicken chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices optional

Cook That

  1. First preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Position the oven rack to the lowest position. Lightly grease a pizza pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of the flour, one envelope of Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the warm water and oil and mix with a spoon until well blended (about 1 minute).
  3. Gradually add the remaining flour, stirring after each addition. Use enough flour until you have formed a soft dough.
  4. Next using your hands, form the dough into a ball. Knead the dough ball on a floured surface until it is smooth and stretchy, about 4 minutes.
  5. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  6. On a floured surface, pat and roll the dough out to a 12 inch circle. Carefully transfer the pizza dough to the prepared baking pan.
  7. Using your fingers, pinch the edges of the pizza dough to create a crust edge.
  8. Evenly spread the barbecue sauce on top of the dough, leaving 3/4 of an inch edge.
  9. Top with shredded cheese, chicken, red onions, and jalapenos.
  10. Finally, bake the pizza for approximately 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Recipe Notes

Cooking times will vary according to oven. Recommended cooking time is 12 – 15 minutes, please watch carefully during last few minutes.

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 Slice)
Calories 306.63 Calories from Fat 116
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.87g20%
Saturated Fat 4.72g30%
Cholesterol 24.01mg8%
Sodium 742.25mg32%
Potassium 142.38mg4%
Carbohydrates 37.11g12%
Fiber 1.51g6%
Sugar 10.3g11%
Protein 10.31g21%
Vitamin A 345.04IU7%
Vitamin C 0.96mg1%
Calcium 170.51mg17%
Iron 1.84mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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