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BBQ Chicken Pizza

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While I love pizza all year round, it certainly seems to become more of a staple as the weather cools. Not only do we find ourselves ordering in more often, but pizza just seems like the perfect option when you’re sitting down to watch a football or hockey game. Even better is that there is now a yeast available for pizza crusts that doesn’t require a rise time so that you can have homemade pizza in two shakes of a lamb’s tail (more on that in a minute – the yeast, not the lamb). I have no idea how I went my entire life without having a BBQ chicken pizza. It’s fabulous!! This is an especially useful way to use up any leftover chicken you have in the fridge. Feel free to use my recipe below as a guide and add whatever ingredients you like – black beans, chopped tomatoes, and avocado would be great additions.

The yeast I used for this pizza is a new line by Fleischmann’s that was designed specifically for pizza crust. The Pizza Crust Yeast has been formulated in such a way that it eliminates rise time and the associated worry that for some reason it might not rise. I was pretty excited to try this. Even though I love my very favorite pizza crust recipe perhaps more than life itself, sometimes you just don’t want to have to wait, and sometimes you just don’t want to drag out your mixer or food processor. This pizza crust yeast provides the perfect alternative. I mixed it in one bowl, with a wooden spoon and then kneaded on the counter, pressed the dough into a pan and topped it and baked it. Less than 40 minutes from when I began until I pulled the pizza out of the oven. It doesn’t get much better than that! On top of the convenience, I really enjoyed the texture and flavor of the crust. It got crisp, but not too crunchy and still had a bit of the chewy factor that pizza crust is known for. I know many people who are intimidated by homemade pizza due to the yeast factor, so I hope this new product gives some of you who may have been hesitant to try yeast-based recipes before the confidence to give this one a shot!

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And now on to the giveaway! I’m offering a $100 Visa gift card so you can host your own pizza party! One lucky reader, selected at random, will receive the card, which can be used anywhere that Visa is accepted. Now, for the guidelines:

Deadline: Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:59pm EST

Required: Your email address. You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.

How to Enter: It’s simple! Leave a comment on this post and answer the following question:

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Yield: Serves about 8

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
1¾ - 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Fleischmann's Pizza Yeast
1½ teaspoons sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)
3 Tablespoons olive oil

For the Toppings:
1½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce, divided
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and oil. Mix together until well blended; about 1 minute.

3. Gradually add ½ cup flour until soft dough ball is formed; will be slightly sticky. Add additional flour if needed to form dough ball.

4. Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if needed, until smooth and elastic; about 4 minutes. With floured hands, press dough out to fill a greased pizza pan, or roll dough into a 12-inch circle and transfer to a greased pizza pan.

5. Mix together the shredded chicken and 2 Tablespoons of barbecue sauce.

6. Spread ½ cup of the barbecue sauce over the pizza dough. Top with chicken, bacon, onions and cheese.

7. Bake on the bottom oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the crust has browned.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ACH Foods, makers of Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast

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662 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Pizza”

  1. allyson Ayala on October 17, 2009 at 11:33 am

    bbq chicken is great…with garlic , please…

    Reply

  2. Cari Snell on October 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, definitely a simple basil, garlic, fresh bocconcini and fresh tomato sauce!

    Reply

  3. Bibiana Bailey on October 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I love thin crust pizza with olive oil, fresh garlic, fresh spinach, Feta and Asiago cheese

    Reply

  4. McKim on October 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    A local restaurant makes a Thai chicken pizza that is absolutely wonderful. If I’m making homemade pizza it needs pepperoni and mushrooms!

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  5. Barb Stanger on October 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    While recently visiting a friend in Connecticut, I had some of the best pizza EVER! The pizza sauce was so simple, but delicious! Nothing like we have around here. My most favorite topping on my pizza is cheese only! YUM!

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  6. Elena on October 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I love pizza margherita–basil, tomato, and mozzarella cheese. Thanks for the contest!

    Reply

  7. Pat B on October 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    pepperoni, onions, green peppers, hamburger, lots of cheese and anchovies

    Reply

  8. Amy on October 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Roasted Vegetable Pizza, usually eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and mushroom.

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  9. Lisa Fruge on October 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    My favorite toppings are spinach, artichoke hearts, red onion, feta cheese, and Roma tomatoes with an olive oil and garlic sauce.

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  10. April J on October 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are canadian bacon and pineapple

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  11. Kate on October 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I love black olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni

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  12. Sharon McCloud on October 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    being from Louisiana my favorite is banana peppers and red and green peppers

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  13. Tawnda on October 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I usually go with italian sausage but my daughter likes pepperoni…

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  14. Deci Worland-MacKinnon on October 17, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I am traditional…pepperoni, mushroom and fresh basil.

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  15. Kristen M. on October 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I love anything…however, if I’m ordering for myself and not for my kids, I love different kinds of cheeses and artichokes.

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  16. Angela J on October 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Olives, cheese, pepperoni, green pepper, and more

    Reply

  17. stacy on October 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I like Hawaiian–pineapple, ham & bacon. Yum, Yum!

    Reply

  18. thebrunettebaker on October 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Pepperoni, sausage, ‘shrooms & onions…an old favorite. But we also luv our BBQ Chicken Pizza. Ours is with grilled bbq chix, red onions, fresh jalapenos, and colby-jack. YUM!

    Reply

  19. lisa on October 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    This is easy, hot peppers.

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  20. TB on October 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    ARTICHOKE HEARTS, FETA, and BLACK OLIVES!!

    Reply

  21. Diane R. on October 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I like them all even anchovies. Maybe pepperponi with lots of vegetables has an edge.

    Reply

  22. Joy F on October 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Pepporini and pineapple. Love them. Thanks.

    Reply

  23. Emma S on October 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Mushroom and extra cheese.

    Reply

  24. Huguette English on October 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite toppings are hamburg, sausage, bacon and or course lots of cheese. I love pizza :)

    Reply

  25. Lynnette on October 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Tough choice as I LOVE pizza anytime day or night! For traditional pizza I love italian sausage, mushrooms and olives. However, our pizza hut in Japan had a couple of delicious combos…one was eggplant with more of a meat marinara sauce underneath and also one with a delicious basil sauce. Oh yum!!!

    Reply

  26. May Schultz on October 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    OH how I love pizza. Any kind any time. I especially enjoy just cheese and pepperoni pizza, but I’m no fussy. I’ll try anything.

    Reply

  27. Molly on October 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Sausage is my standby, but I also love “unique” varieties like bbq chicken, chicken alfredo, thai, and taco pizza!

    Reply

  28. Brent Dotson on October 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Italian sausage and black olive

    Reply

  29. Kathy Apple on October 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I love anything from basic cheese to everything in the kitchen cabinet! Although, not a fan of anchovies!

    Reply

  30. Debbie on October 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    What is there not to like on a pizza?! A favorite of mine is roasted okra, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil & goat cheese.

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  31. Stephanie on October 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Hm, my favorite?! If ordering, probably sausage and mushrooms.

    But, if I’m making, I love the Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza that I came up with.

    Reply

  32. Janna Johnson on October 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    chicken and mushrooms

    Reply

  33. Lisa on October 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Veggies,mushrooms,green olives!!!!

    Reply

  34. Jean F on October 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I like a Greek style pizza with feta cheese, black olives, onions, fresh tomato slices, and a drizzle of olive oil.

    Reply

  35. Sandra k321 on October 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite toppings are artichoke, roasted peppers, and garlic.

    Reply

  36. Misty on October 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Canadian bacon and pineapple with EXTRA cheese!

    Reply

  37. Lianne on October 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    my favourite is smoked salmon and mozzarella cheese (:

    Reply

  38. Wendy on October 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I love tons of gooey cheese or chicken and bacon! Yum! =)

    Reply

  39. Patrice on October 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    My favorite toppings are spinach, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and basil.

    Reply

  40. Sheila P on October 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are sausage, green pepper and onions!

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  41. cathie m on October 17, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I like sausage and peppers—the men in the family like EXTRA garlic and black olives with anchovies(Holy Cow)

    Reply

  42. karen on October 17, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I love fresh mozarella, ricotta cheese & mushrooms on my pizza.

    Reply

  43. Mary Mobbs on October 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I love sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh spinach! Yummy!

    Reply

  44. Karen G on October 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I love canadian bacon and pineapple!! But I also love bbq pizza. I can’t wait to try this new yeast.

    Reply

  45. Nicole B on October 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I love just plain cheese or sausage but I also love putting bacon bits on my pizza Yummy!

    Reply

  46. Christine V on October 17, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    mushrooms on my pizza

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  47. Debra F on October 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I had a chicken alfredo pizza last week that was phenomenal…it’s my new favorite, but unfortunately it’s not a common pizza. I love meatball on my pizza too. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Reply

  48. dawn0124 on October 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is Chicken Marsala.

    Reply

  49. Autumn B. on October 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    ground turkey, mushrooms, & olives!

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

    Reply

  50. shorty on October 17, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    How can I answer that!!!LOL I love them all! I am drooling over that picture right now so right now I would say BBQ is my favourite!LOL But really it depends on the day and the mood. I don’t know that there is something out there that I don’t like!hehe
    Shorty

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  51. Yvonne on October 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I love mushrooms and pepperoni on my pizza

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  52. Cujo on October 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    What a great product – I didn’t know it existed. My favorite pizza toppings are bbq chicken or pepperoni.

    Reply

  53. Janene on October 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I LOVE black olives and mushrooms on my pizza – I pretty much like any kind of veggies and NO meat. :)

    Reply

  54. DeD on October 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Fresh corn, cilantro, peppers, and parmesan/mozzarella, with a drizzle of lime juice. Sounds weird, but soooo good.

    Reply

  55. Delia on October 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Practically any veggies. Eggplant is particularly unique and tasty.

    Reply

  56. Diana Plavins on October 18, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Brie, caramalized onions, bacon, and balsamic glaze. MMmmmm

    Reply

  57. Jeanne on October 18, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I love pesto and peppercorn gouda cheese on my pizza!

    Reply

  58. Kristina on October 18, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I love roasted chicken and smoked gouda with bbq sauce. So yummy. Though pesto with chicken and roasted garlic and mozzarella is tasty too.

    Reply

  59. Erin on October 18, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I’m a plain old cheese pizza kind of girl. If I find the right Italian peppers, I’ll add those too. ;)

    Reply

  60. grace on October 18, 2009 at 2:33 am

    so…i’m a bit late to this party! i’m hooked on tex-mex right now (and, let’s face it, for as long as i can remember), so i’d go with corn, black beans, peppers, avocado, pepperjack, and lots of spicy salsa.

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  61. Joanna on October 18, 2009 at 3:34 am

    I just like extra cheese, and pepperoni. Thanks.

    Reply

  62. sokehahcheah on October 18, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Congrats on being Top 9 today

    Reply

  63. Constance on October 18, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Feta, spinach, mushrooms & extra sauce! <3

    Reply

  64. Steven W on October 18, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Gotta have mushrooms – yum!

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  65. Cynthia C on October 18, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I make an eggplant pizza that is awesome! Thanks for the chance.

    Reply

  66. Kelly S. on October 18, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I like a supreme pizza best…but I also like a deep dish pizza with spinach.

    Reply

  67. Jill on October 18, 2009 at 10:06 am

    mmm BBQ Chicken pizza is one of my favorites. I also like grilled chicken, blue cheese, caramelized onions with a bit of balsamic drizzle and arugula (after it is baked). A few slices of ripe juicy pears, OMG!!!

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  68. Pauline M on October 18, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I know it’s a little weird, but my absolute favorite is extra cheese and pineapple.

    Reply

  69. Katie on October 18, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I really love a good veggie pizza, however when I want to try something a little different, I go for a mexican pizza

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  70. Michelle on October 18, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I’m going to have to check out this yeast! As far as toppings? We’re certainly not picky around here, but I have a longstanding love for pepperoni and mushroom. :)

    Reply

  71. Allison on October 18, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I’ve become a fan of any salami, pepperoni and red hot peppers, especially since a new pizza place opened up that is DELICIOUS.

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  72. Lisa on October 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    My favorite is BBQ Chicken pizza (hence why I’m here), but the best one I’ve ever had comes with sweet corn and cilantro and red onions on top. Wow. The corn is like heaven.
    Thanks for running a fun giveaway!

    Reply

  73. Heather on October 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is onions!

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  74. Brittney Puckett on October 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I like hawaiian pizza.. ham and pineapples.. yum

    Reply

  75. dwndrgn on October 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    My favorite is extra cheese, green peppers and onions! Yum! And today’s Football Sunday so I might just have some!

    Reply

  76. Jingle on October 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Pears, carmalized onions, and proscuitto! Seriously….it makes an insanely good pizza! Top it off with some fresh field greens and a blasamic drizzle and you have pure heaven in pizza form!

    Reply

  77. TB on October 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Sometimes, just plain ol’ cheese and pepperoni is all it takes :)

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  78. TB on October 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    that being said, pear and Gorgonzola with caramelized onions and a blue cheese salad on top is amazing (like the CPK one)

    Reply

  79. KR on October 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    white pie with mozz, ricotta, broccoli & lots of garlic.. amazing!

    Reply

  80. Anne D on October 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I like onion, green pepper, black olives and Italian sausage.

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  81. noah on October 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Bacon and mushroom for over 30 years.

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  82. builder on October 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    ham and pineapple

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  83. christa on October 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    i love non traditional toppings with white sauce (chicken, seafood) or asian flavored like Thai chicken!

    Reply

  84. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on October 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Chicken, mushrooms, and capsicum :)

    Reply

  85. Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore on October 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Caramelized onions and mushrooms – delicious!!!!

    Reply

  86. Jean on October 18, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Love Hawaiian pizza – pineapple and bacon or ham. Our standard is onions, bacon, and ham.

    Reply

  87. hollyrose on October 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Chorizo, Ground Beef, Onions, Tomatoes, black olives, Cilantro and a few Jalepenos *chachacha*

    Reply

  88. joan on October 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    What a great help, yeast just made for pizza, and yourrecipe sounds scrumptous.

    Reply

  89. Tara on October 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    EVERYTHING! i love my pizza to be like eating a vegetable garden with a crust

    zucchini, bell pepper, caramelized onions, olives, spinach, fresh tomatoes, basil, artichoke hearts, etc!

    Reply

  90. Francine on October 18, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    pepperoni & pineapple

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  91. Holly on October 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite toppings are ham,pineapple, onion and black olives, yum!

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  92. Deb on October 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I love BBQ Chicken pizza, thanks for the recipe!

    Other favorite toppings are pineapple, canadian bacon and pineapple with a white sauce instead of the traditional red.

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  93. Melissa on October 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Your pizza looks devine!!

    I love veggie pizza with a red/pesto mix sauce. Yum!

    Reply

  94. Holly B on October 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    My fav is Mac & Cheese! We have a place called Cici’s here in Ohio that has the best cheese sauce on theirs!

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  95. Julie on October 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    We like pepperoni on ours.

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  96. Melissa Barnes on October 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    i love cheese and mushrooms – yum!

    Reply

  97. Amy A. on October 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I love a mediterranean pizza with olive, pepper rings, and feta cheese.

    Reply

  98. shoshana Ohriner on October 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Pesto pizza with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.

    Reply

  99. Intisar on October 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    One of our current favorites to make is Buffalo Chicken Pizza! So good, but we also love a good BBQ Chicken Pizza as well.

    Reply

  100. christopher h on October 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    sausage and mushroom

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