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


665 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Pizza”

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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.


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