BBQ Chicken Pizza


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!


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

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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


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


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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  1. Alicia Louwerse on October 16, 2009 at 1:06 am

    There are so many to choose from…probably onion for a veggie, and chicken for a meat! Mmm, I wanna go bake a pizza right now.


  2. Carol Le on October 16, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Prosciutto, onions, bruschetta-style-tomatoes, and goat cheese! Goat cheese is amaaaaaazing on pizza!


  3. Yvonne on October 16, 2009 at 1:12 am

    This looks delicious! I love making my own pizza. Favorite toppings are artichoke hearts, tomatoes (fresh or sundried), mushrooms, and olives.


  4. justJENN on October 16, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I actually like Caesar Salad ON my pizza.


  5. DG on October 16, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I love fresh basil tomato and mozarella! :)


  6. Rene Rodgers on October 16, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I loooove lots of veggies on my pizza.


  7. Cristy on October 16, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Yumm! I like mushrooms and black olives best on my pizza.


  8. Amy I. on October 16, 2009 at 2:50 am

    I love pineapple! When my husband and I started dating, we had pizza issues since I hate olives and he hates mushrooms. We compromised on pineapple and never looked back! Thanks for the opportunity :)


  9. Deanna G. on October 16, 2009 at 3:13 am

    I love onions & peppers! :)


  10. Ginny on October 16, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I’ll take pretty much anything, so long as there are no anchovies. I really like experimenting with non-traditional ingredients, so this is a great new recipe for me to try.


  11. katie Wilson on October 16, 2009 at 5:27 am

    I love a good veggie pizza with everything including feta!!


  12. Jasmine on October 16, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I love having capsicum on my pizza!


  13. Melaina25 on October 16, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I looove pinneapple on my pizza!


  14. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 16, 2009 at 6:21 am

    We love making buffalo chicken pizza! But I had to say my fave toppings are cheese and bacon. Yum.


  15. Suzy Q on October 16, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and prosciutto!


  16. Kathryn on October 16, 2009 at 6:57 am

    BBQ Chicken pizza – I saw that you had bacon in your recipe – I’ll have to try that!


  17. Jules on October 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

    The best pizza I ever had was in Italy. It had gone into the stone oven with nothing but tomato sauce and a salty prosciutto, and when it came out hot and sizzling it was instantly topped off with argula and mascarpone. I never thought a pizza could be more than “okay”. I was wrong :)


  18. shelly (cookies and cups) on October 16, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Mushrooms, mushrooms and more mushrooms! My husband loves the BBQ chicken, though and has, as of late, become our go-to-pizza.


  19. Dawn on October 16, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Fresh basil, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella -yummy!


  20. VeggieGirl on October 16, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Favorite pizza toppings = LOADS of roasted garlic, chunky tomato sauce, spinach, and broccoli. Mmmm :)


  21. kira on October 16, 2009 at 7:40 am

    My all time favorite would have to be roasted garlic, spinach and artichoke hearts! YUMMMM!


  22. Carmen on October 16, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I love tons of veggies on my pizza – especially peppers, onions, fresh tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and olives! And I always sprinkle on a lot of crushed red pepper ….. ahh, want some now even though it’s not even 7:00 a.m. :)


  23. Kayte on October 16, 2009 at 7:45 am

    omg this is the greatest thing ever! the #1 reason why i shy away from making pizza dough at home anymore is because of the rise time. i just don’t have the patience. you better believe i’ll be picking up some of this new yeast the next time i’m at the store. thanks so much for sharing!

    oh, and my favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. boring, i know :)


  24. Erin on October 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I’ve never had BBQ Chicken Pizza, but it has always sounded good to me. My favorite is spinach, feta, and mushrooms. I’m definitely going to give this one a try though!


  25. Rodzilla on October 16, 2009 at 7:57 am

    That looks amazing!

    My favorite toppings on a traditional pie – bacon + sausage


  26. mayra on October 16, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I am pretty simple i love pepperoni and mushrooms. I love it even more if it is a chic ago deep dish pizza.


  27. Michelle P on October 16, 2009 at 8:05 am

    That looks delicious! My favorite pizza toppings are lots of cheese, bacon, onions, and mushrooms, yum!


  28. Geriann on October 16, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I love mushrooms on pizzas -


  29. Heather S on October 16, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I love mushrooms on my pizza.


  30. Amy S on October 16, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I love pepperoni, mushrooms and olives on my pizza! :)


  31. Nonnie on October 16, 2009 at 8:22 am

    My favorite is pepperoni, green olive and onion, but garlic chicken ranks right up there too.


  32. Liz on October 16, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I usually go for a veggie pizza with onions, green peppers, mushrooms & pineapple — but no black olives, please!!


  33. Sarah R on October 16, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I’m all about the vegetables.


  34. Lisa Tauer on October 16, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I love pepperoni!


  35. bridget {bake at 350} on October 16, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Oh gosh…I love them all. Tonight we’re having chicken ranch pizza for dinner. But I love a good pepperoni & green olive, or sausage & mushroom, or beef & onion, tomato & basil…

    I am so hungry right now!!!


  36. Liz Brook on October 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Pepperoni is my fav!


  37. Megan on October 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I love turkey pepperoni and any vegetable I can get my hands on – mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, and broccoli on occasion!


  38. Jennifer on October 16, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Homemade pizza is one of our favorite dinners. I love them loaded with veggies – artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, olives…the list goes on and on!


  39. Regina on October 16, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Mushrooms and Artichokes!


  40. Maggie on October 16, 2009 at 8:37 am

    mmm, lots of veggies, spinach, broccoli,tomatoes,and mushrooms with loads of garlic and fresh mozzerella. i like grilled pizza best.

    oh how i wish i was eating pizza instead of sittting in an airport on standby…


  41. Eva on October 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Mushrooms, sausage and spinach!


  42. Lizz on October 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Eggplant Pizza at Modern Apizza in New Haven is the best in the world.. seriously.


  43. Trish on October 16, 2009 at 8:39 am

    mushrooms, and thick sliced tomatoes


  44. FOKXXY on October 16, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I worked in pizza place for years and found out that I had many favorites!!

    I would choose Pep, Mushrooms, Onions, bacon and hotpeppers.

    But my second runner up is bbq chicken with red onions, bacon and hot peppers!!



  45. Emily on October 16, 2009 at 8:46 am

    My favorite pizza is topped with fresh spinach, ricotta cheese, mozerella, and mushrooms!! I used to be the pickiest eater, a cheese-only kind of girl, but my husband has introduced to me to the world of flavors and toppings!!


  46. Karen on October 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Light on the onion and pepperoni.


  47. Amelie on October 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

    That looks delish!

    My favorite toppings are lots of cheese, mushrooms, red onions, broccoli and cauliflower. YUM!


  48. JenK on October 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Broccoli. For some reason I just love it on pizza.


  49. Lost Girl on October 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

    My boyfriend and I have this ongoing pizza war about New Haven vs. Jersey. He finally introduced me to Jersey pizza, and I have to say my new favorite topping is calamari. Sooo good!


  50. Theresa N on October 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

    My favorite pizza toppings are mushrooms, pepperoni, green peppers and black olives.


  51. Melanie on October 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I love green peppers and any other veggies and pepperoni.


  52. Tiffany on October 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

    My favorite pizza toppings are veggies! Mushrooms, onions, olives, and green peppers.


  53. Jenny Hartin on October 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Favorite – gruyere, carmelized onions – that’s it!


  54. KatieK22 on October 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Oh wow! my friends and I love pizza!! Personally I enjoy a caramelized onion and asparagus pizza with goat cheese (on the grill!) Although I also like buffalo chicken with goatcheese…yum yum!


  55. Molly on October 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I could eat pizza every day of the week. I really, really could. For homemade pizza, my favorite toppings are tomato and prosciutto, with some fresh mozz, of course! But from pizzeria pizza, I like a classic sausage and cheese. Delish!


  56. Julia on October 16, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I love pepperoni and bacon. Yum!


  57. Jacqueline on October 16, 2009 at 9:15 am

    There’s just something so comforting and great about pepperoni…that classic is def my favorite. Though, I can’t say no to a good white pizza.


  58. Christi on October 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I love to keep it simple…black olives and mushrooms! Perfections!


  59. Kayla on October 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

    This looks great! My favorite topping is bacon, super simple but really good!


  60. Barista on October 16, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Bacon, mushrooms and pepperoni!

    That pizza looks great! Can’t wait to try the recipe


  61. amanda @ fake ginger on October 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Depending on my mood, I either like sausage and mushrooms or Hawaiian. Yum!


  62. Jenny from Lucky in Love on October 16, 2009 at 9:36 am

    This look super yummy!! Saving it for sure!

    And my favorite pizza toppings are hands down sausage and pepperoni. Love!


  63. Mandy on October 16, 2009 at 9:39 am

    My favorite pizza is BBQ beef from Pizza Hut!!! I know, I’m a cheater!!!!! LOL!


  64. Christine on October 16, 2009 at 9:46 am

    My fav topping is cheese – any type, as many types as possible! The more the merrier, I say!


  65. Keri Mason on October 16, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hmmm…ham and pineapple, onion, oh, ONION how I love thee.


  66. Eileen on October 16, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I absolutely love, love, love taco pizza! It is so savory and one of my favorite comfort foods. The hot sauce and bleu cheese drizzled on top is delicious :)


  67. Zoe on October 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    My favorite type of pizza is hands down a white slice with spinach. If that isn’t available I’ll take a regular white slice or a slice of plain cheese. Living in NY good pizza is usually not that hard to find.

    I really need to perfect my pizza dough so I think I’ll be trying this one out.


  68. Jessica on October 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I love making homemade pizzas, that way everyone gets what they want. My favorite toppings start with the sauce, i like a simple olive oil and garlic, then add provolone, mozzarella, bacon and sundried tomatoes! yummy in my tummy


  69. Astrid on October 16, 2009 at 10:10 am

    My favorite pizza consists of: barbecue sauce, chicken, pineapple, and mozzarella cheese on a yummy crust (I love mostly any crust). I just love pizza, really, it is one of my favorite foods ever.
    Thank you!


  70. Anna Curtis on October 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

    My favorite toppings are green peppers, red onions and pepperoni. Mmmm. My mouth is watering already. I could eat pizza everyday, I love it.


  71. Lauren on October 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I LOVE a good margherita pizza – tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, spinach, and a sprinkle of feta cheese….now I’m drooling just thinking about it.


  72. Sarah H on October 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I am a big fan of cheese, black olives, and sausage. But I could eat about anything on a pizza.


  73. Anna on October 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I love a good mexican pizza, with refried beans instead of sauce- topped with chicken, jalapenos, cheese, red onions, greek yogurt, and anything else I’m inspired with.


  74. Diane on October 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I love veggies like peppers, onions, and mushrooms on my pizza.


  75. Crystal on October 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Oooh, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, and olives are my favorite toppings! Yum… now I’m hungry for pizza (at nine in the morning).


  76. sherri on October 16, 2009 at 10:21 am

    My favorite topping is spinach, chicken and white sauce. Your pizza looks great!


  77. Rita on October 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

    My favorite pizza topping is ham and mushroom with a good sprinkling of herbs- simple as that!


  78. Jeannine on October 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I love this. I have been intimidated by bbq pizza- as a NYer, I like the old school ingredients but I think this would be awesome for a football party to switch it up. THis recipe makes it seem easy! I am uncertain about the yeast though, i saw it in the store last week and still went for the old one. I think I just love having an excuse for my mixer!


  79. ali on October 16, 2009 at 10:32 am

    FUN! Mmmm…one of my new favorites is spinach, feta and prosciutto. :)


  80. Lindsey on October 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I love pepperoni and banana peppers on my pizza. Yum!!!


  81. Heather on October 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I love chicken, sundried tomatoes and onions on my pizzas. Yum! Your pizza looks really good!!!!


  82. Nancy on October 16, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I love mushrooms, chicken and spinach on my pizza. Yummy.


  83. Lisa~~ on October 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

    You pizza looks delish! We particularly love grilled pizza and my fave is with roasted onion & garlic jam, fresh figs and goat cheese. You can check out a few more faves on my blog at this post:


  84. Delilah on October 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I love margherita pizza or pepperoni, cheese, & black olives


  85. Andrea on October 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I love making my own pizza! My favorite toppings are artichoke hearts, red onions, olives and chicken :)


  86. Heather Eure on October 16, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I love a pesto, goat cheese, sun-dried tomato, olive, and artichoke hearts pizza…an amazing combination!


  87. The Cooking Bride on October 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I like to keep it simple. Pizza Marghertia is my fave – Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, and sometimes I subsitute pesto for the basil leaves.


  88. Laurie S. on October 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Homemade pizza is the best!! I love (almost) any toppings, but my favorite would be sausage, mushrooms, and extra cheese!


  89. sally on October 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

    basil.. thinly sliced tomatoes.. garlic.. and lots of mozzarella and parmesan. yum.


  90. Kayzilla on October 16, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Time to go make some pizza! -drool-

    My favorite toppings? Mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, jalapeños, and tons of mozzarella cheese! I would like to add in some faux pepperoni or chicken sometime. :) Being vegetarian doesn’t make me not miss good ol’ pepperoni + cheese + TONS of jalapeños! lol.


  91. Megan on October 16, 2009 at 10:59 am

    It sounds kind of strange but my favorite pizza is a red sauce pizza with dollops of mashed potatoes and crispy bacon topped with mozz! It’s amazing. The best I’ve had is at Bar in New Haven, CT. I keep meaning to try to make it at home.

    Your BBQ chicken pizza looks fabulous!


  92. carolyn on October 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

    If I get a take-out pizza, I love pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms. But at home, my favorite pizza to make is buffalo chicken with a sprinkling of blue cheese. Heaven.


  93. anna p. on October 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

    This post comes just in time! My husband and I were just talking about homemade dough but I am always hesitant about yeast. Thanks for the info. We usually order a ham, pineapple, and jalapeno!


  94. Dolce on October 16, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Whoa, this pizza is piled high! I love baking pizza at home, but I am a very traditional girl. I like diced cooked ham, home made tomoato sauce, gruyere or comte cheese and fresh mushrooms :)


  95. Krista on October 16, 2009 at 11:09 am



  96. Kerstin on October 16, 2009 at 11:09 am

    What a cool product, I love homemade pizza dough!

    My favorite pizza toppings are goat cheese, mushrooms, and sausage!


  97. alli on October 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

    my favorite is probably an eggplant and bacon combo we order back home in CT, but recently i made one with caramelized onions, roasted acorn squash, goat cheese, and arugala sprinkled on at the very end- delicious!


  98. Judy Gori on October 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

    My faves are crumbled sausage, banana pepper rings, and onions


  99. Jessica on October 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Traditionally I’m a pepperoni girl, but lately I have really been enjoying buffalo chicken pizza, with a ranch/blue cheese dressing hybrid to dip. The one at California Pizza Kitchen is really good.


  100. Holly on October 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I love mushrooms. If the whole pizza is only covered in mushrooms then I’m a happy camper. My husband loves BBQ and Chicken. This recipe looks terrific.


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