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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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


  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!


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