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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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


665 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Pizza”

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

    I love green peppers and any other veggies and pepperoni.


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

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


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

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


  4. 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!


  5. 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!


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

    I love pepperoni and bacon. Yum!


  7. 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.


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

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


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

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


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

    Bacon, mushrooms and pepperoni!

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


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

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


  12. 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!


  13. 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!


  14. 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!


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

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


  16. 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 :)


  17. 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.


  18. 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


  19. 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!


  20. 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.


  21. 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.


  22. 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.


  23. 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.


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

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


  25. 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).


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

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


  27. 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!


  28. 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!


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

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


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

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


  31. 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!!!!


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

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


  33. 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:


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

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


  35. 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 :)


  36. 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!


  37. 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.


  38. 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!


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

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


  40. 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.


  41. 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!


  42. 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.


  43. 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!


  44. 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 :)


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



  46. 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!


  47. 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!


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

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


  49. 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.


  50. 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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