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

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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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


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. stephchows on October 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I was just thinking about making BBQ chicken pizza this weekend! You read my mind! Favorite all time toppings though are pepperoni and mushroom for me :) yum!!!


  2. Nicole on October 16, 2009 at 11:23 am

    My favorite toppings: 4 cheeses, spinach, tomato, bacon, and chicken – yum!


  3. Kelly on October 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Roasted zucchini and fresh tomatoes topped with fresh herbs and garlic!


  4. Jess on October 16, 2009 at 11:32 am

    YUM, that pizza sounds/looks amazing. My fav. is just fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes.


  5. Sarah on October 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

    My favorite toppings are at Marzano’s in Oakland – the breakfast pizza with egg, panceta, mozzerella, chiles and onions!


  6. Becky on October 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Pepperoni. I am simple like that. Ha,ha!


  7. Jonnie H on October 16, 2009 at 11:43 am

    My favorite combination of toppings is pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms and green peppers


  8. Kat on October 16, 2009 at 11:51 am

    My favorite combination is goat cheese an cashews. You can’t get that in my town, so I have to make my own.


  9. Rebecca S on October 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives and feta cheese… yum!!


  10. Kimberly on October 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    The pizza looks great. I just made my very first pizza last week and was very surprised at how good it turned out. I’m a pretty simple when it comes to pizza. My favorite topping is pepperoni with roma or sundried tomatos on thin crust. YUM-O!!!


  11. Chrissy on October 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    sausage and peppers and mushroom! – yum! :)


  12. Kate on October 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    pepperoni and pineapple… mmmm :)


  13. Jade on October 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    This is a great new product!! I will have to try it. I don’t have a favorite pizza topping. I do love BBQ, but I also like a simple basil and mozzarella.


  14. Vanessa on October 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I love love love White Pizza! I have not tried BBQ Pizza yet…but as always you make EVERYTHING look good!


  15. heather on October 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    i love a white pie. a thin, crispy crust lightly brushed with good olive oil and doused with chilli flakes. a layer of fresh mozzarella slices, lots of garlic, some basil and maybe some little artichoke hearts. oh YUM.




  16. Mireya on October 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    MMM…mozzarella, tomato and basil!


  17. Marilyn on October 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    This sounds really weird but is strangely good – mashed potatoes, crumbled bacon, sauteed onions and red pepper and of course cheese.


  18. Kim on October 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Onions and peppers. I like my pizza with just enough cheese to “stick” the toppings on, lots of sauce!


  19. Cheryl on October 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I go back and forth between craving chicken with black olives or canadian bacon with pineapple… Yummy!!


  20. Kristin T on October 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Chicken and Broccoli!


  21. Jacquie on October 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    BBQ chicken pizza….mmmm….I want some now….. :D


  22. l3r0wnEyedGurL on October 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Anything with mushroom!


  23. Emma on October 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Grilled chicken and pineapple!


  24. Kelly Dee on October 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Chicken and artichokes. It’s a tie.


  25. Laura on October 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I haven’t seen this pizza crust yeast before. I’m so going to look for that next time I’m at the store!
    My current favorite pizza toppings are spinach, feta and garlic. I could eat it every day


  26. Julia on October 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE BBQ Pizza! It has been my favorite for years! Will have to try this recipe soon! I’m very excited about the pizza dough yeast too!


  27. Deana on October 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Garlic, potatoes, a little fontina cheese, and a drizzling of olive oil. When I visited Italy, it was my favorite pizza!


  28. Morgan on October 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hawaiian- Canadian bacon and pineapple tops my list!


  29. Molly on October 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Oddly enough, BBQ chicken pizza is one of my very favorites! However, I do always like a good sausage topping.


  30. Cee on October 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite toppings … hmm … pepperoni and mushroom for a take-out pizza, but if I am making it from scratch, I love things like artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and goat cheese :)


  31. Julie on October 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Hey brown eyed girl!! I just discovered your site and I’m loving it!! I think you should get the award!! My husband is always craving my pizza so you gave me some new ideas here!! I usually stuff the crust with cheese and load it with everything! And i can my own pizza sauce so that makes it easy!!


  32. Jamie on October 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Yummy!! We LOVE extra cheese, pepperoni or sausage and lots of black olives on our pizza. My four year old son LOVES to make his own – from the dough to the toppings – he’s a great pizza chef! We haven’t had a family pizza night since my husband has been home – he was away for 20 months in the military – so wow – what a great opportunity to host an even bigger and better party! Pizza + Family = good times! :)


  33. Rita on October 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    We love pesto, artichoke hearts, red onions, olives, sliced garlic and fresh mozzarella!


  34. Celia on October 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Favorite pizza toppings = Tomato, sausage, and mushroom, though I am on a cheeseburger pizza kick lately.

    I would be happy eating only pizza for the rest of my life.


  35. michelle on October 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I love ham and pineapple on my pizza’s!


  36. Andrea on October 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    green bell peppers and mushrooms are my favorite pizza toppings… but nothing beats simple pizza margarita with fresh mozzarella, chopped tomatoes and basil!


  37. Jenn on October 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    My favorite toppings are spinach and onion.


  38. Megan on October 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I’m a plain girl… some cheese and lots of pepperoni on some thin crust!


  39. Jen on October 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I love Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Italian sausage, tons of mozzerella and sauce on top. So good.


  40. Carrie on October 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    i’m all about the classic pepperoni pizza


  41. Niki on October 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I love a simple cheese and tomato. yum!


  42. Natalie on October 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    What a great giveaway! My favorite pizza toppings are mushrooms and goat cheese.


  43. Dani on October 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway! Favorite pizza toppings – basil pesto (instead of tomato sauce), sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese. Or mushrooms, bell peppers, sausage & pepperoni.


  44. Kim on October 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    First I must say, that pizza looks DELICIOUS! My favorite topping is just cheese…i’m pretty simple when it comes to pizza.


  45. Carrie on October 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    My favorite pizza is white pizza with chicken, spinach and lots of cheese.


  46. ~Jenny on October 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I’m a ham and pineapple kind of gal. The BBQ pizza looks yummy!!


  47. Linda on October 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Black olives and green peppers- nothing better!


  48. Amber Hancock on October 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I love BBQ chicken with pineapple! Yum, yum, yum!


  49. Shauna on October 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I love pizza in general and I am not picky when it comes to toppings. After my recent visit to NYC though I have seemed to become more of a minimalist. Thin crust, a nice fresh sauce, fresh basil leaves and fresh sliced mozzarella (but light on the cheese).


  50. Laura on October 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I love fresh mozzerella with fresh basil and tomatoes (with sun-dried tomatoes is yummy too)…delicious!


  51. Haley on October 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Mmmm. Chicken, basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, bacon, and a nice blend of cheese – including FETA.


  52. Jessica on October 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Oh yay. I’ve always hated waiting for Pizza dough to rise- but nothing is better than a sausage and banana pepper pizza. :)


  53. Mohana on October 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I love a relish of Lettuce and mayo topped with avocado slices (California Pizza kitchen)


  54. Macy on October 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I love any riff on a “Greek” pizza–tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, and onions. Pepperoni optional :)


  55. Julie on October 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I LOVE BBQ Chicken Pizza so those are my favorite toppings.


  56. Deborah R on October 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I like pepperoni, extra cheese, black olives and pepperoncini.


  57. manizor on October 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    broccoli, red onion and tomato!!


  58. Amy on October 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Yum! I love dates and goat cheese on pizza. Or eggplant. Or anything!


  59. Caroline on October 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Pineapple and ham!


  60. Debbie on October 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I like all kinds of toppings, but I think my favorite is chicken, green pepper and bacon. Thanks for the generous giveaway. Looks delicious!


  61. Christina on October 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I like green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, mozarella, red onions!!


  62. Alycia Irish on October 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I love any kind of veggie but specifically LOVE fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and pesto on my pizza.


  63. Kathleen on October 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I love just cheese and pepperoni, thanks.

    kport207 at gmail dot com


  64. Jennifer S on October 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I absolutely love fresh basil, tomato and mozarella!


  65. Ann F on October 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Pepperoni is my favorite, but if I’m feeling a little guilty I like green pepper and onions.


  66. Rose R on October 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    My tastes have changed. Right now it is extra cheese and Italian sausage – but my classic pizza is fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. Thanks for the contest.


  67. Adrienne Gordon on October 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    meatballs, pepperoni and ham


  68. Holly H on October 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings? Anything with pineapple is my favorite. :)
    I love barbecue chicken pizza with pineapple chunks, red onions, and green bell peppers.

    Btw.. I just found your blog a few days ago, and I absolutely love it! Keep up the amazing baking, cooking, and blogging!


  69. erika w. on October 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I love broccoli, caramelized onions and sausage on my pizza. Weird, I know, but a really good combination.


  70. Carol on October 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Pepperoni and cheese. I am such a purist when it comes to pizza, I don’t like lots of stuff on it. And the crust has to be thin!


  71. Karly on October 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Your BBQ chicken pizza looks delish!

    My favorite toppings are pepperoni, green olives, onions, and sliced tomatoes, but I’m never able to get them all on one pizza because no one else ever thinks it sounds good. People are seriously missing out. ;)


  72. Ann on October 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I like mushrooms, gruyere and fontina cheese and chicken in any form!


  73. Peter on October 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I make mine with ground meat, mushrooms, and extra cheese and sauce.


  74. Sonya Sparks on October 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Any veggie is a must have on my pizza’s.


  75. Alta on October 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Didn’t know about this yeast! Cool.

    Favorite toppings? Depends on my mood…I do love BBQ chicken pizza…but I also love spinach and mushrooms.


  76. Nancy on October 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    My favorite toppings are pepperoni, mushrooms and onions. I have not seen that yeast before and now I am going to have to look for it. Thanks.


  77. Annika on October 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Pineapple and green peppers — It might have to be a pizza night after reading this post!


  78. kelly on October 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Fresh basil, tomato and fresh mozzarella


  79. Sandra on October 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Pineapple and Candian Bacon. But, Wow, does yours look good.
    Great give-away, and thanks for the recipe.


  80. Amanda on October 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Its a toss up between taco pizza (everything that goes into a taco, but on a pizza) or pineapple. Yum!


  81. Kacey on October 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I love pesto for the sauce with italian turkey sausage and mozze cheese!


  82. Jennifer on October 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    This looks amazing! We usually order BBQ chicken pizza from a local pizza place but I’m definitely gonna give this a try! My husband & I usually like making margahrita pizza’s with tomatoes, basil, mozzerella & parmeson cheeses. They are so yummy & you don’t even need a sauce.


  83. allie on October 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    i love pizza! mushrooms, onion and green pepper, Hawaiian, meatball, sausage…yum!


  84. Lynda C on October 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I love sausage and bacon. That’s about all my DH and DS will eat, so I’ve adjusted….but it’s pretty darn good.


  85. Ashley C on October 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    My new favorite is onion. I just discovered it and now can’t live without it on my pizza.


  86. Marilyn Wons on October 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is EXTRA CHEESE!!!


  87. Maggie on October 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Either sausage & pepperonie or rhicken, ranch & bacon.


  88. gaga on October 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Mushrooms! and anything that goes with mushrooms (chicken, garlic, sausage or just more mushrooms)


  89. jessica reid. on October 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    i love white pizza with garlic butter and parsley. yumm-O!


  90. Doris on October 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    My favourite toppings are extra cheese, pineapple, tomatoes, and eggplant!


  91. Brian on October 16, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    sweet fennel sausage and cherry bomb peppers :)


  92. Crystal on October 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    hey know anywhere there’s a good recipe for buffalo chicken pizza? i can never decide if i should use pizza sauce for the base or no sauce at all?

    my fav pizza topping is PINEAPPLE!


  93. Sheila on October 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm



  94. cc on October 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I love green peppers;onions;tomatos ;pepperoni; ground beef and mozza and parmesan just to name a few but there are many more thats the great thing about pizza anything gos!


  95. Kelly on October 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I like kind of a weird combo. I like a white pizza (olive oil, garlic, oregano, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese) with veggies on it (broccoli, peppers, onions, whatever)


  96. Ray on October 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Any kind of meats and olives hits the spot


  97. Sierra on October 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    mashed potato and bacon on a white-pie!


  98. Jennifer Moreau-Cook on October 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    My favorite toppings would have to be grilled chicken, pesto, and walnuts! Now I am thinking of giving the yummy BBQ Chicken a whirl!


  99. Nadine L on October 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    my favorite toppings are a combo of Feta Cheese, Greek Olives, diced tomatoes, Spinach,artichoke and onion with an olive oil dressing.


  100. mickeyfan on October 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I love beef, bacon, black olives, a little onion and maybe some tomato (in season) on my homemade pizza.


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